Esther Ralston

1902 - 1994

The actress Esther Ralston was born into an artistic interested family. Her parents and her four brothers were also actors. She made first experiances on stage before she played a small role in the movie "The Deep Purple" in 1915.

After that it took five years till she appeared regular in movies. To her early successes belong "Huckleberry Finn" (20), "Whispering Devils" (30), "Remembrance" (22), "Oliver Twist" (22), "Blinky" (23), "The Prisoner" (23) and "The Heart Buster" (24). 

With her part in "Peter Pan" (24) he had one of her greatest successes, it followed the movies "Wolves of the North" (24), "The Lucky Devil" (25), "A Kiss for Cinderella" (25) and finally "The American Venus" (26), with which she became the darling of the American audience.

After other successful entertainment movies like "The Blind Goddess" (26), "The Quarterback" (26), "Children of Divorce" (27), "Ten Modern Commandments" (27) and "Something Always Happens" (28) it was director Josef von Sternberg who engaged her for the first time for a dramatic role in the movie "The Case of Lena Smith" (29). Esther Ralston was convincing in this for her unusual role under his direction.

Thanks to her earlier activity as a theater actress the transition to the talkies wasn't a problem for her. She took regular part in the movies "Lonely Wifves" (31), "Black Beauty" (33), "After the Ball" (33), "Romance in the Rain" (34), "Mister Dynamite" (35), "Reunion" (36) and "The Spy Ring" (38).

After that she appeared only seldom in front of the camera, her last works were "San Francisco Docks" (41), "Child of Divorce" (46) and the TV serial "Our Five Daughters" (62).

Other movies with Esther Ralston:
The Peddler of Lies (20) To Please One Woman (20) Dangerous to Men (20) Crossing Trails (21) The Good Black Sheep (21) Daring Danger (22) Pals of the West (22) The Lone Hand (22) The Test (22) Pur and Simple (22) The Gypsy Trail (22) Behind the Mask (22) Under Secret Orders (23) Railroaded (23) The Wild Party (23) The Victor (23) Pure Grit (23) The Phantom Fortune (23) The Marriage Circle (24) All's Swell on the Ocean (24) Jack O'Clubs (24) Fight and Win (24) $50'000 Reward (24) The Goose Hangs High (25) Beggar on Horseback (25) The Troulbe with Wives (25) The Best People (25) Womanhandled (25) The Little French Girl (25) Old Ironsides (26) Fashions for Women (27) Figures Don't Lie (27) The Spotlight (27) Love and Learn (28) Sawdust Paradise (28) Half a Bride (29) The Wheel of Life (29) The Mighty (29) Betrayal (29) The Prodigal (31) Rome Express (32) To the Last Man (33) By Candlelight (33) Sadie McKee (34) The Marines Are Coming (34) Strange Wives (35) Ladies Crave Excitement (35) Shadows of the Orient (35) Together We Live (35) Streamline Express (35) Forced Landing (35) The Girl From Mandalay (36) Hollywood Boulevard (36) The Rest Cure (36) The Mysterious Pilot (37) Jungle Menace (37) As Good as Married (37) Slander House (38) Tin Pan Alley (40) Serie "Kraft Television Theatre: September Tide" (52) Serie "Tales of Tomorrow: All the Time in the World" (53)