Sylvia Ashton

For the New Zealand writer and poet, see Sylvia Ashton-Warner.
Sylvia Ashton

Who's Who in the Film World, 1914
Born (1880-01-26)January 26, 1880
Denver, Colorado, United States
Died November 17, 1940(1940-11-17) (aged 60)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1912–1929

Sylvia Ashton (January 26, 1880 November 17, 1940) was an American film actress of the silent film era. She appeared in 134 films between 1912 and 1929.[1] She was born in Denver, Colorado and died in Los Angeles, California. She bore a heavyset resemblance to Jane Darwell and like Darwell was playing mother and grandmother roles, though more famously than Darwell in the silents, while still in her 30s and 40s.[2] For years she was a regular member of Cecil B. DeMille's troupe of character actors. She retired from movies almost immediately at the dawn of sound, one of her last films being the part-talkie, The Barker (1928).

Sylvia Ashton, at right with Betty Compson and below with Walter Hiers and Leatrice Joy.(Motion Picture Magazine – August, 1922

Selected filmography


  1. Sylvia Ashton - IMDb
  2. "Sylvia Ashton, VGuide". Retrieved 16 September 2012.
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