Lillian Hall-Davis

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Lillian Hall-Davis
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Born Lilian Hall Davis
(1898-06-23)23 June 1898
Mile End, London, England
Died 25 October 1933(1933-10-25) (aged 35)
London, England
Years active 1917–1931
Spouse(s) Walter Pemberton

Lillian Hall-Davis (23 June 1898 – 25 October 1933) was an English actress during the silent film era, featured in major roles in English film and a number of German, French and Italian films.[1]

Born Lilian Hall Davis, the daughter of a London taxi driver,[1] her films included a part-colour version of I Pagliacci (1923), The Passionate Adventure (1924), Blighty (1927), The Ring (1927) and The Farmer's Wife (1928), the latter two both directed by Alfred Hitchcock, who at the time considered her his "favourite actress."[1] She had a lead role in a "lavish production" of Quo Vadis (1924), an Italian film directed by Gabriellino D'Annunzio and Georg Jacoby.[1]

Hall-Davis also appeared in a comedy short film made in the Lee DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film process, As We Lie (1927), co-starring and directed by Miles Mander.

Hall-Davis did not make the transition to talkies; in 1933 her "sharp career decline and health problems" prompted her to commit suicide by turning on the gas oven and cutting her own throat at home in the Golders Green area of London.[1][2]

Selected filmography


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 McCallum, Simon. "Hall-Davis, Lilian (1897-1933)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 2012-03-17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Film actress's death: inquest on Miss Lilian Hall-Davis". The Times. October 28, 1933. Retrieved April 20, 2014. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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