American stage and early film actress, Fannie Ward (1872-1952) is the subject of this cabinet card by Newsboy (New York). Ward was known for her comedic roles and her youthful appearance throughout most of her career. She also was well known for her role in “The Cheat” (1915). This film was by Cecil B. DeMille: and it was a very sexually charged silent film. Ward made her stage debut on Broadway a Cupid in “Pippino” with Eddie Foy. She went on to become a successful stage star in New York City. In 1898 she married a wealthy diamond merchant and retired from the stage. Her husbands business reversals spurred her to return to performing in 1905. She became very active in films between 1915 and 1929. Ward was one of those celebrities whose personal life often ended up in the newspapers. For example, the New York Times (1914), reported that Ward was being sued by actor John Dean’s wife. Mrs. Dean contended that Fannie Ward alienated Mr. Dean’s affections away from Mrs. Dean. Mr Dean and Fannie Ward had travelled together a great deal beginning in 1908 because they often acted together. Newsboy gave away cabinet cards, such as the one displayed here, as premiums to customers of their tobacco products. To view other cabinet cards by Newsboy, click on the category “Photographer: Newsboy”.
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