Nance O'Neil Biography

Nance O'Neil (aka Nancy O'Neil; October 8, 1874 – February 7, 1965) was an American actress of stage and silent cinema of the early 20th century, dubbed the American Bernhardt.

O'Neil was born in Oakland, California, as Gertrude Lamson to George Lamson and Arre Findley. When she decided to become an actress, her religious father, an auctioneer, denounced his daughter in church for going on the stage and asked the congregation to pray for her.