Lillian Cook ~ The Tragic Teen Star

Lillian Cook was a silent film actress who died at the early age of nineteen.

She was born as Lillian Agnes Cook on May 16, 1898 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. During her childhood, her family moved to Cincinatti, Ohio. Ella lillian started acting on stage when she was a teenager. She played the title role in Excuse Me and toured the country in Potash and Perlmutter. In 1914 she made her film debut in the drama Mother. The following year she was offered a contract at The World Film Company. Ella Lillian was cast in a supporting role in the 1915 film Camille. She then appeared in A Woman’s Power and Betsy Ross with Alice Brady. Her performances got good reviews and her future looked bright. While she was filming The Blue Bird in 1917, she had to wear a fairy costume with large wings. Unfortunately, the costume was very heavy and she hurt his spine. Soon after, she contracted a severe case of tuberculosis. Unfortunately, on March 14, 1918, she died of illness at her New York City home. She was only nineteen years old. Lillian was interred at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinatti, Ohio. Her last film, The Devil’s Playground. she was released three months after her death.

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Lillian (right) with Alice Brady

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