Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ziegfeld Girl, Part 4

To be honest, I don't have a lot of time today, so I'm going to try to make this short; which is, sadly, similar to Martha Mansfield's career and life.

Martha Mansfield was born Martha Erhlich. She allegedly came up with her stage name of Mansfield from her home town of Mansfield, OH; but her birth certificate states that she was born in New York City. But, let's face it- Martha New York City is a mouthful.

She began her acting career in 1918 in the Ziegfeld Follies. She later moved on to film, starring in a film adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with John Barrymore. Here's a little blurb written about her from "Who's Who on the Screen" in 1920:
One of the screen's must charming actresses is Martha Mansfield, who was born in Mansfield, Ohio, in 1899. Following her education which she received in her native city, Miss Mansfield entered upon her stage career by an engagement in one of the Winter Garden's spectacular revues. This was followed by her appearance in Dillingham and Ziegfeld's "The Century Girl" and A. H. Wood's production of "On With the Dance." The Essanay Company's Max Linder Comedies served as the vehicle which introduced Miss Mansfield to the shadow stage. Later she appeared in numerous photoplays opposite Montagau Love, Eugene O'Brien, and John Barrymore in "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." She is five feet four inches high, weighs a hundred and twenty-two pounds and has blonde hair and gray eyes.

Does any one else think it's weird that they include her height and weight in this article? Anyway, as you can see, she was a promising star of her day. So, what happened? Well, she was filming a Civil War movie in San Antonio, TX, when a crew member carelessly threw a lit match in her direction. Unfortunately, the hoop skirts and ruffles of her costume caught on fire and she sustained severe burns. She was rushed to the hospital, but died the next day. She was only 24:(

One of the things I love about making these necklaces and writing this blog is that I get the chance to recognize an otherwise relatively unknown woman in history:


  1. Is this still available? If so, how much...very cool.

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  3. Yes! The necklace is $48 and free shipping within the U.S. You can find the necklace in my etsy shop. Here's the link:

    Or you can also click the link above the picture and that will take you right to it.

    Or just go to and search "Martha Mansfield"