Agnes Ayres

born: 04 April 1898
Carbondale, Illinois,
United States of America
died: 24 December 1940
St. Vincent's Hospital, Los Angeles, California,
United States of America
(cerebral hemorrhage due to hypertension, age 42)

Popular American silent screen actress. At the age of 18 she worked as a bookkeeper for an electric company. Early in her career she claimed that she was about to graduate from the University of Chicago Law School and less than a year from taking the Illinois Bar Exam when she had to decide between movies and the bar. Later she said that she only planned to study law after high school.
She had an affair with the married Jesse Lasky, which helped boost her career and salary. Though divorces, lawsuits and mental health battles all took their toll on her. Her father was Solon Agustus Henkell (New Market, VA), and her mother was Emma S. Ayres.
She lived at 834 Alfred Street, Los Angeles, California. She died at 3:15am on Christmas Eve, 1940, though at least one souce claims a date of December 25. She was cremated at the Hollywood Crematorium on December 27th, 1940.
Real name: Agnes Ayre Henkel
Height: 5'4"
Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography.


Eve's Love Letters

Acknowledgements & sources: (1870 Census SOLAN A. HENKEL b. NJ.) (1870 Census EMMA SLACK b.IL) (1880 Census FRANK RENDLEMAN b. IL "commercial agent")
1899 May 6 (Carbondale, IL) "Daily Free Press p.10 has advertisement for "S A HENKEL, druggist".
1899 Nov 4 same p.1 "S A HENKEL in hospital seriously ill with bilious fever". Sick for 1 month.
1899 Nov.11 same p.1 obit for Nov.4th death of S A HENKEL. No mention of wife or kids.
1902 May 14 same p.6 "SOLVN (sic) HENKEL of Cobden (IL) spent Sun w/ his Grandpa SLACK". He is SOLON WILLIAM, bro. of AGNES.
1905 Chicago City Directory (at "Franklin Rendleman, com trav, h. 1910 Washington Blvd."
1907,08,09 Chi.City Dir.(at Solon Henkel, clk at 1629 Monadnock Bldg; h. 1991 W.Adams.
1907,08,09 Chi,City Dir.(at Frank Rendleman, com trav, h. 1991 W.Adams. (1900 Census with AGNES as RENDLEMAN dau.(sic)) (1910 Census w/AGNES HENKEL as RENDLEMAN step dau..Res; 1991 W.Adams.Chicago)
1912 Chi.City Dir. (at p.622 "Miss Agnes E. Hinkel, stenog; h. 3831 Grenshaw"
1912 Chi.City Dir. (at "Solon Henkel, clk, 1640 Monadnock blk; h. 3831 Grenshaw"
1912 Chi.City Dir. (at "Frank Rendleman, com trav; h. 3831 Grenshaw" (1916 one year (sic) from IL Bar exam) (change EYRE to AYRES) (WWI Draft Card June 1917 of brother SOLON HENKEL b. Carbondale 1888) (only had INTENTION to study law) (SCHUCKER 1921) (page 41-44 brother is mechanic/interest in law study) (p.28 Queen of Real Estate) (is 5ft 5in p.108) (Noelle de WINTER's site dedicated to AGNES AYERS)
Jim Jarvis (all research and information, plus death certificate)
Craig Calman (corrections)

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