She’s the hardest working actress you’ve probably never heard of. Gr8erDays pays tribute to the late Faye McKenzie, who got her start as an infant in silent movies in 1918, when she appeared in Station Content, cradled by none other than Gloria Swanson. Rather an auspicious start, I would say! She appeared in a total of seven silent films, including the Oliver Hardy short Distilled Love (1920).
(Sadly, with Faye’s death, there are now just nine actors left ON THE PLANET who appeared in silent movies.)
Later in her career, McKenzie had a small part in Gunga Din (1939), but became known for westerns, appearing in such films as Down Mexico Way (1941), Sierra Sue (1941) and Cowboy Serenade (1942).
She appeared on Broadway, studied acting with Lee Strasberg (1901-1982) and popped up in a string of films by Blake Edwards (1922-2010), her longtime neighbor. Most memorably, McKenzie was a whacky participant in his The Party (1968).
Her final film appearance was a cameo shot in 2018 for the forthcoming Kill a Better Mousetrap, which would seemingly make her the first person with a 100-year film-acting career.
a ONE HUNDRED YEAR CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD. Outrageous.
I certainly hope she is remembered by the Academy next year.
McKenzie was married to actor Steve Cochran, but they divorced. She was later married to screenwriter Tom Waldman, until his death. She is survived by her two children and two grandchildren.