Maidena Armstrong

born: 24 February 1882
(near) Mt. Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa,
United States of America
died: 25 November 1935
Sawtelle, Los Angeles, California,
United States of America
(suicide by asphyxiation from illuminating gas, age 51)

American actress. She was born near Mt. Pleasant, IA, probably at Oakland Mills where her prosperous grandparents had a large farm and grain mill on the Skunk River. With her parents, Marcellus Armstrong (1846-1922) and Lou(isa) Short (1847-1938), prosperous farmers, she moved to Albany, OR between 1895 and 1900. Maidena was an "only child". "Maidie Armstrong" was a telephone operator in 1905 in Albany, OR and by 1910 (Census) she was living in Corvallis, OR with her parents as "Maidre Coupisch", divorced.
By 1920, she was living on her own as a "millinery trimmer" in Portland, OR (divorced). Her father died in Oregon in 1922 and sometime later she moved to Los Angeles and was acting with the prestigious Pasadena Playhouse Players by 1927 to good reviews in small parts. Living with her Mom in LA in their fully paid for $10,000 home in 1930 (Census), her profession was a "chamber" maid? in a hotel (divorced, age 48).
On 25 November 1935 at her home in the Sawtelle Neighborhood of LA, she "ran hose from gas jet to mouth" and died of "asphyxiation". I think her incorrect birth information [27 Feb 1883; published elsewhere] comes from her Death Certificate. The informant was a woman (I don't know who) at the same address, not Maidena's mom who died 3 years later at the age of 91.
Real name: Daisy Maidena Armstrong
Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography.


Movie Daze
Mrs. Van Ritrenrich

Acknowledgements & sources: 1877 (Marriage Marcellus Armstrong and Louisa Short) (1882 Birth:no name but names parents) (1880 IA Census) 1885 (IA Census; "Dasie" age 3) 1895 (IA Census; "maidena" age 12) (1900 C Albany OR:"Daisy M" age 18) (1910 C OR:"Maidre Coupisch";age 28) *1920 C Portland) (1930 C LA "Moidena" Armstrong w/Mom "Louis") (1935 LA Maidena Armstrong Death Certificate) (1938 LA; Mom "Lou" Armstrong Death Record)
Jim Jarvis (research and information)

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