Actress Martha Mansfield had a tragically short career. She appeared in Max Linder's Essanay films. Her best remembered, perhaps her only, remembered movie is Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde with John Barrymore. On 09-September-1923, she was working on The Warrens of Virginia, directed by Elmer Clifton. Her hoop-skirted Civil War era costume caught fire, perhaps on a discarded match, and she was burned severely. She died the next day. The film was completed but is now considered lost.
|Motion Picture Magazine, July, 1922|
|Fall River Evening Herald, 30-November-1923|
She was really 24 years old. There is some conflict about whether the accident occurred on the set or in her automobile.