This is part of a series showing what the silent stars featured in the 1917 Kromo Gravure Trading Card set were up to at the precise moment in time covered in a 1932 Motion Picture Magazine article, Stars Who Have Vanished by Jack Grant.
I've been using the IMDb, Wikipedia, my physical bookshelf, and especially the NewspaperArchive.com database to search out the rest of the story for each of these old time stars in attempts to see what became of them from 1932 until their deaths.
Stars Who Have Vanished, 1932: President Wilson's favorite star is now retired. Divorced her wealthy husband, C.H. Holmes, last year. Heads a beauty preparations business these days.
What I Dug Up: Mary MacLaren's sister--MacLaren is the next entry in this series.
The American Beauty wouldn't marry again and her United Press obituary gave her full name as Katherine MacDonald Holmes.
Holmes was the heir to the Fleischmann yeast fortune.
I see no reference to her beauty business, but a full page 1937 article in the Centralia Daily Chronicle mentions she had developed a fondness for painting and sculpture.
According to Anthony Slide in his Mary MacLaren entry in Silent Players, Wilson's fondness for MacDonald may have been based on her being his mistress .
Died in 1956, age 74.
Continue Reading the Where Are They Now, 1932 Series:
Katherine MacDonald in Curtain 1920
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First National Pictures Magazine Ad 1923 Katherine MacDonald Jackie Coogan
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Katherine MacDonald in Trust Your Wife vintage ad sheet
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Vintage KATHERINE MACDONALD Signed Photo 1923
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Slide, Anthony. Silent Players: A Biographical and Autobiographical Study of 100 Silent Film Actors and Actresses. The University Press of Kentucky: 2002.