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Vivienne Osborne (December 10, 1896 – June 10, 1961)

Osborne was a stage and film actress known for her work in Broadway theater and in silent and sound films. Osborne began her career on stage when she was 5 years old, and by the time she was 18 years old, she had already spent many years touring throughout Washington with a stock theater company. She made her Broadway theater debut when she was in her early twenties, and her screen debut in 1919 in a film that was never released. She continued work on Broadway, and appeared in films when not working theater. Osborne's first silent film was in The Gray Brother, but the film did not have distribution and was never released. From March through December 1928, she appeared in the Florenz Ziegfeld musical version of The Three Musketeers. It was after her performance that Douglas Fairbanks Sr. offered her a role in his last silent film, The Iron Mask (1929), made as a sequel to his 1921 film The Three Musketeers. Rather than accept the offer, she chose to remain in New York City and continue her career. She signed with Paramount Studios in 1931 and was assigned to character roles, but left to sign with Warner Studios to get better roles. She then left Warner Brothers and signed a 3-year contract with Radio Pictures. She alternated between film and stage roles for the rest of her career. She died at the age of 64 on June 10, 1961, and is buried at Valhalla Memorial Park in North Hollywood, CA.