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Marguerite Clark

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Marguerite began life on a farm southeast of Lima, Ohio. As a child she was sent to a convent southeast of Cincinnati for her education, remaining there until the age of 16, when she made her stage debut with a stock company in Baltimore. DeWolf Hopper Sr. saw her and brought her to New York as his co-star in the play "Happyland". For over a decade she appeared in some of the most popular plays and musicals on Broadway, including "Anatol" with John Barrymore. In 1914 she signed with Famous Players, which, along with its sister companies Paramount and Artcraft, would produce all but her last movie. Her looks and acting talent quickly made her one of the top movie stars of the time.

The 1928 Isotta Fraschini 8A SS in photographs by Michael Furman
The 1928 Isotta Fraschini 8A SS in photographs by Michael Furman

This Chassis was built in Italy in 1928 and was delivered to Lebaron in the United States. Lebaron produced this Convertible Coupe Boat Tail with a single seat rumble seat. The car is equipped with the 8ASS engine, a super eight of a 160 horse power. A standard horse power was 120HP.

This car was introduced at the New York Auto Show in 1928 and was purchased by Harry Williams and his wife Marguerite Clark, of Patterson, Louisiana. Harry Williams was an aviation pioneer, besides having an air mail service and passenger service. He also teamed up with Jimmy Weddell to build race planes in the 1920's and 1930's. They won many trophies with the likes of Rosco Turner and other aviation greats. These planes were called "The Weddell Williams Racers".

Marguerite Clark was a silent movie star and a star of the stage.


Reference: "Marguerite Clark America's Darling" of Broadway and "The Silent Screen" by Curtis Nunn (TCU Press).

Marguerite Clark
The 1928 Isotta Fraschini 8A SS before restoration
The Isotta Fraschini before restoration
Marguerite Clark in a 1916 publicity photograph
The 1928 Isotta Fraschini 8A SS with its actual owner, Peter T. Boyle
The 1928 Isotta Fraschini 8A SS with its more recent owner, Peter T. Boyle
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