Starting as a 17 year old chorus girl, American stage and film actress Elsie Louise Ferguson (1885-1961) progressed through a number of productions to become a leading lady and Broadway star by 1909.
In 1917 with some persuasion in the form of a $5,000 a week contract, Elsie Ferguson began acting in films. Her salary at Paramount paid her an extra $1,000 per day of filming. After appearing in about 25 films she returned to the stage. She did however make one final sound film in 1930. Her final appearance on Broadway was in 1943.