The Info List - Margaret Livingston

Margaret Livingston (born Marguerite Livingston; November 25, 1895 – December 13, 1984)[1] was an American film actress and businesswoman, most notable for her work during the silent film era. She was sometimes credited as Marguerite or Margaret Livingstone. She remains best known today as "the Woman from the City" in F.W. Murnau's 1927 film Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans.

Early life

Livingston was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to John Livingston, a Scottish immigrant, and Eda Livingston (née Frome), from Stockholm, Sweden.[2] She was raised in Salt Lake City[3] along with her older sister, Ivy, who also became a film actress.


The younger Livingston made her debut in silent film in 1916. She made over 50 films during the "silent era," most notably in F.W. Murnau's Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, and a further 20 films after she successfully made the transition to sound film in 1929, including Smart Money starring Edward G. Robinson and James Cagney. She occasionally dubbed voices for some other actresses, including Louise Brooks for The Canary Murder Case (1929).

Livingston was a guest on William Randolph Hearst's yacht the Oneida during the weekend in November 1924 with film director and producer Thomas Ince who later died of heart failure. In the Peter Bogdanovich film The Cat's Meow (2001), Livingston, played by Claudia Harrison, is depicted as having an affair with Ince at the time of his death.

Later life

On August 18, 1931, she married the band leader Paul Whiteman in a ceremony in Denver, Colorado,[2] and retired from film acting in 1934. Livingston was unable to have children, and adopted four with her husband.[2] She spent the remainder of her life investing in oil ventures and real estate, and was a partner in the construction of the Colonial House in West Hollywood, California.[2]


Livingston died in Warrington, Pennsylvania on December 13, 1984, at age 89.[4]



  1. ^ "Utah, Salt Lake County Birth Records, 1890-1915," database with images, FamilySearch (5 December 2014), Marguerite Livingston, 25 Nov 1895; citing 12, Salt Lake, Utah, line 4122, Records Manager and Archive, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 4,121,037.
  2. ^ a b c d Rayno, Don (2012). Paul Whiteman: Pioneer in American Music, 1930-1967. Scarecrow Press. p. 351. ISBN 978-0-810-88322-2. 
  3. ^ "All Women are Mercenary". Motion Picture. Macfadden-Bartell. 37: 103. 1929. 
  4. ^ "Margaret Livingston". New York Times. January 16, 1985. Retrieved November 13, 2017. 

Further reading

  • "Margaret Livingston: "The Other Woman"". Films in Review. National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. 36. 1985. 

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