Aileen Allen

born: 23 November 1882
Prince Edward Island,
died: 04 September 1950
Pasadena, California,
United States of America
(cancer, age 67)

Canadian-born American athlete, diver, swimmer, actress, and stuntwoman. A renowned champion diver who also both acted and did her aquatic stuff in films (including Mack Sennett comedies), she competed for the United States in the 1920 Summer Olympics (representing the Los Angeles Athletic Club). In later years, she was women's director of the Pasadena Athletic Club, assistant coach of the U.S. Olympic women's track teams (1928 and 1932), and swimming instructor and director of women's athletics at the Los Angeles Athletic Club from 1931 until her retirement in 1949; in the latter position, she helped train Esther Williams, Pat McCormick, and other well-known swimmers.

One source gives an incorrect birth date of 22 December 1888.
Real name: Mary Ann Conquest
Height: 5'2"
Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography;
plus 1 film with Charley Chase.


Luke And The Mermaids

Luke's Speedy Club Life

Settled At The Seaside
Girl on pier

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Acknowledgements: (baptism record) (1900 Census) (NJ Marriage Index)
Mary Conquest and Arthur Allen, "New Jersey, U.S., Marriage Index, 1901-2016" ( (1910 Census) (1920 Census) (1930 Census) (1940 Census) (1950 Census) (CA Death Index, "Aileen Allen") (CA Death Index, "Mary Ann Allen") (death certificate) (Find a Grave) (Olympedia)
Mack Sennett's Fun Factory, by Brent Walker (This Date in Seal Beach History) (Moving Picture World, 24 Feb 1917) (Pasadena Independent, 06 Sep 1950) (Pasadena Independent, 06 Sep 1950) (Los Angeles Times, 06 Sep 1950) (1927 photo) (1927 press photo) (1928 photo) (1931 press photo) (1932 photo)
Jesse Brisson (bio notes and research)

This page was last updated on: 29 December 2023