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Lillian Leighton

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Lillian Leighton
Leighton (left) with Margarita Fischer in
The Thirtieth Piece of Silver, 1920
Lillianne Leighton Brown

(1874-05-17)May 17, 1874
DiedMarch 19, 1956(1956-03-19) (aged 81)
Other namesLyllian Leighton
Years active1910–1940
Leighton in December 1915

Lillianne Brown Leighton (May 17, 1874 – March 19, 1956), known professionally as Lillian Leighton, was an American silent film actress. Leighton started her career in Chicago.[1]

Leighton was born in Auroraville, Wisconsin, on May 17, 1874. She was a performer on stage and in vaudeville before she began working in films.[2] She portrayed the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910).[3]

She was signed in 1910 and starred in over 200 films before her retirement in 1940. Leighton died in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California on March 19, 1956, at the age of 81.[4]

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Selected filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1910 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Union Enforcer Undetermined
1911 Brown of Harvard Mrs. Kenyon
1913 Truth in the Wilderness
1916 The Grasp of Greed
1917 Joan the Woman Isambeau
1917 Castles for Two Brian's Sister
1917 The Little American Angela's Great Aunt Uncredited
1917 The Devil-Stone
1918 Old Wives for New Maid
1918 The Married Virgin Anne Mullins, the Maid Alternate title: Frivolous Wives
1918 Till I Come Back to You Margot
1919 Poor Relations Ma Perkins
1919 A Girl Named Mary Hannah
1920 The Dancin' Fool Ma Budd
1920 Thou Art the Man Cook
1920 The Week-End Mrs. James Corbin
1920 The Jack-Knife Man Widow Potter
1920 Held by the Enemy Clarissa
1921 Midsummer Madness Caretaker's Wife
1921 Peck's Bad Boy Mrs. George W. Peck - Henry's Ma
1921 Crazy to Marry Sarah De Morgan Alternate title: Three Miles Out
1921 Love Never Dies Mrs. Cavanaugh
1921 Under the Lash Tant Anna Vanderberg Alternate title: The Shulamite
1922 Saturday Night Mrs. Ferguson
1923 The Eternal Three Housekeeper
1923 Ruggles of Red Gap Ma Pettengil
1923 The Call of the Canyon Mrs. Hutter
1924 Code of the Sea Mrs. McDow
1924 The Mine with the Iron Door
1925 Go Straight Gilda's Aunt
1926 Torrent Mrs. Ferguson
1926 Be Your Age Mrs. Schwartzkopple
1933 The Man from Monterey Juanita
1933 Secret Sinners Mrs. Simmons


  1. ^ Condon, Charles R. (January 23, 1915). "Selig Player Enjoys Character Work". Motography: 133.
  2. ^ Katchmer, George A. (2015). A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses. McFarland. p. 206. ISBN 978-1-4766-0905-8. Retrieved April 13, 2022.
  3. ^ Wollstein, Hans J. "Lillian Leighton". AllMovie. Retrieved April 13, 2022.
  4. ^ Vazzana, Eugene Michael (2001). Silent Film Necrology. McFarland & Company Incorporated Pub. p. 309. ISBN 978-0-786-41059-0.

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