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Future film actress born in Houston

July
23
1895

On this day in 1895, Florence Arto was born in Houston. She appeared in Texas filmmaker King Vidor's first two-reel film, In Tow, as well as in a documentary on the sugar industry. In 1915 she and Vidor were married and traveled to California in hopes of employment in the expanding film industry. A mature and elegant presence, Florence Vidor performed in fifty-nine feature films, often cast in upper-class or aristocratic roles. She and Vidor were divorced in 1924; violinist Jascha Heifetz became her second husband in 1928. Florence made her last film in 1929 and died in 1977.

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