Florence LaBadie- Campaign for a Headstone for Her Grave: Please Reblog: Florence was buried in an unmarked grave at the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York
American actress in the early days of the silent era. Though little known today, she was a major star between 1911 and 1917. Her career was at its height when she died at age 29 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
World War I-In 1915 a young soldier fighting in the trenches at the Front in Northern France wrote to her, sending dozens of photographs that graphically depicted the horrors of the war. Deeply affected, Florence La Badie became a vigorous advocate for peace, traveling the United States with a stereopticon slide show of the soldier’s photographs, warning about the terrible dangers of going to war.
Almost 100 years have passed since her untimely death, but her popularity remains high and is surging on social media and blog sites. Through the cooperation of Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc. and the Green-Wood Historic Fund, a campaign has been launched with the goal to raise funds to install a suitable monument to commemorate her brief but historic career. Film fans, historians, and the public at large are encouraged to contribute to the effort.-Contributions to the Florence La Badie Memorial Fund may be made through Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc. (www.thanhouser.org) or The Green-Wood Historic Fund (www.green-wood.com). The goal is to raise $2,000 by October 13, 2013, the 96th anniversary of Florence’s death. The Green-Wood Historic Fund will match all donations up to $2,000 dollar-for-dollar to fund a suitable headstone (see proposed design on the right side of this page).
Donors will receive a keepsake in recognition of your support to the memorial campaignplus receive e-mail updates about a celebration of life during the installation of Florence’s memorial, currently targeted for the spring of 2014.
Suggested Donation Levels and Donor Keepsakes
$10 - Colorized 5x7 printed portrait of Florence La Badie by Stacey Palmer
$25 - Set of 13 reproduction Thanhouser postcards, including Florence La Badie
$50 - DVD of Thanhouser’s 1911 David Copperfield featuring Florence La Badie
$100+ - All three of the above items
Photo colorized by Stacey Palmer@TheCivilWarParlorTUMBLR-Please consider donating and sharing this campaign. Thanks.