Edith Fortier

born: 20 July 1904
Los Angeles, California,
United States of America
died: 02 January 1996
Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada,
United States of America
(age 91)

Black American actress. She was the sister of Florence Hoskins and the aunt of Our Gang child star Allen 'Farina' Hoskins and his onset guardian. She was previously married to auto garage mechanic Julius Neal, the marriage ending in divorce in 1936. In 1937, she married sheet metal laborer Melvin Bell, with Florence as witness. At the time, Edith was working as a beautician.
At least one source lists her birth and death dates as 16 September 1906 / Massachusetts - 18 August 1980. These are believed to be wrong.

Her Nevada Death Record at Ancestry.com says she was born "Massachusetts". This error is understandable because when the information for the NV Death Certificate was taken, she was age 91 and her husband, Melvin Bell (b.1901), had been deceased since 1985. As noted in her sister, Florence Hoskins' bio and 1920 Census, the Fortier/Hoskins Family had deep ties to Boston, MA. It should be noted that the Fortier sisters' Mom died when Edith was only 3 years old and their older sister died at age 13.
Real name: Mary Edith Fortier
Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography.


Playin' Hookey

Noisy Noises

Small Talk

Little Mother
Black woman

https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QGL4-KCHX (birth report)
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MFMF-V18 (1920 Census)
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XCVF-VKM (1930 Census)
https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/380272272/ (Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr 1936 - divorce suit filed)
https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/380648592/ (Los Angeles Times, 7 Jun 1936 - divorce decree granted)
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K8J1-JL2 (1937 marriage)
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K9Z3-SW3 (1940 Census)
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=3693&h=3965858&ssrc=pt&tid=74346&pid=-1876616436&usePUB=true (SSDI Ancestry)
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J11Z-R2S (SSDI FamilySearch)
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?dbid=60901&h=812856367&indiv=try&o_vc=Record:OtherRecord&rhSource=8997 (SS Applications)
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=8997&h=146552&ssrc=pt&tid=76399363&pid=36347370600&usePUB=true (NV Death Record at Ancestry)
Jim Jarvis (help and information)
Jesse Brisson (help and information)
Robert Demoss/The Lucky Corner (information)

This page was last updated on: 01 June 2023