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Louise Glaum was born Sep 04, 1888 in or around Washington DC or at her father's farm in Prince George County, Maryland.  Her birth date is reported erroneously in most articles.  I imagine it was an attempt to hold on to the ingénue rolls as long as possible or perhaps just inaccuracy on the part of the studio or author of the various articles.  She is pictured below seated on her father's (Johann Wilhelm Glaum) lap.  Johann is pictured with his wife (Lena Kuhn Glaum) and the three older daughters who survived into adulthood.  Standing behind Johann's family is Johann's older sister Katherina Elizabeth Glaum.  She is the "Lizzie" who sent the telegram to my Great Grandfather about their arrival for the Columbian Exposition and wrote the letter to family in Ebersgöns that proved the key clue to the origin of my Glaum family tree branch.

Much as been written about Louise's movie career and I have little to add that is new at this time, other than to recommend "Sex" as the best example of her work from the currently available copies of her movies. 

 

 

Louise came through Chicago often on tours with theater companies and on publicity tours.  On one trip through Chicago in 1915/1916 Louise visited our family and gave a doll to my Aunt, Mary Louise Glaum, who was named after Louise.  At her death, Mary Louise still had the doll.  Recently I found an article in the Fort Wayne Sentinel from January 23, 1916 which mentioned that Louise was in town at a large charity bazaar with a special doll which was a replica of herself in the movies.  The doll was dressed in black and "looks a regular vampirish sort of image".   The doll that Louise gave to Mary Louise most likely is one of these that were given out at the charity bazaars.

 

My parents visited Louise and her husband at their home on a trip to California in the late 1940's before I was born.  According to my parents, Louise was a gracious hostess and a lovely woman.  It's too bad the family was so spread out; I would have loved to have met her. Louis died in California and is buried with her husband Zachary M. Harris, parents (Johann Wilhelm Glaum/ Lena Katherine Kuhn Glaum), and sisters (Hattie Helen, Lena K., and Margaret O.).  Unfortunately, neither Louise nor her sisters had any children.  Consequently, this side of the family ends with the death of Louise's older sister Lena in 1971.