Mary Miles Minter

American actress (1902-1984)

Mary Miles Minter (born Juliet Reilly; April 25, 1902 – August 4, 1984)[1][2] was an American actress. She appeared in 54 silent era motion pictures from 1912 to 1923.

Mary Miles Minter
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Juliet Reilly

(1902-04-25)April 25, 1902[1][2]
DiedAugust 4, 1984(1984-08-04) (aged 82)
Cause of deathStroke
Other namesJuliet Shelby
Years active1907–1923
Brandon O. Hildebrandt
(m. 1957; his death, 1965)
Parent(s)Charlotte Shelby
Joseph Homer Reilly
RelativesMargaret Shelby (sister)

In 1922, Minter was involved in scandal surrounding the murder of director William Desmond Taylor, for whom she said she was in love with. Minter's reputation was ruined when her mother became a suspect, and she gave up her movie career in 1923.

Minter died of a stroke on August 4, 1984 in Santa Monica, California at the age of 82.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Louisiana Birth Certificate, Caddo Parish, No. 119, Book A, Page 97, Birth Date: April 25, 1902, Name: Mary M. Reilly [sic-Original Caddo birth record was recorded as "J.H. Riley's Child"], Sex: Female, Place of Birth: Shreveport, Father: J. Homer Reilly [sic-Original Caddo birth record recorded his name as "J.H. Riley"], Born: Texas, Age: 25, Mother: Pearl Miles, Born: Louisiana, Age: 23.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Social Security Death Index, Name: Mary OHildebrandt, Birth: April 25, 1902, SSN: 564-32-9171, Issued: California, Death: August 1984, Last Address of Record: 90402 (Santa Monica, Los Angeles Co., CA).
  3. California Death Index, Name: Mary OHildebrandt, Birth Date: 04-01 [sic]-1902, Mother's Maiden Name: Miles, Father's Last: Reilly, Sex: Female, Birth Place: Louisiana, Death Place: Los Angeles (19), Death Date: 08-05-1984, SSN: 564-32-9171, Age: 82 yrs.

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