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Mabel Richardson
Birth: 27 July 1890
London, United Kingdom
Death: 15 March 2001
Long Beach, California, USA
Age: 110 years, 231 days
Country: United Kingdom UK United StatesUSA

Hilda Mabel Richardson (née Beck; 27 July 1890? – 15 March 2001) was a British-American woman who worked as a bit role actress and makeup artist for Hollywood stars. Towards the end of her life, she became noted for her longevity. She died on 2 March 2001 at the age of 110 years, 218 days, and her age is currently pending by Gerontology Research Group (GRG), the foremost authority on age validation.

Early life

Mabel Richardson was born as Hilda Mabel Beck in Holloway, London, England, UK, on 27 July 1890. Her father died when she was seven, and her mother died of cancer when Mabel was a teenager. While in a music class in London, she met her future husband Harold "Jack" Richardson who later adopted the American screen name of John J. Richardson. Their relationship continued through correspondence after he moved to New York City with Charlie Chaplin to establish a career as a Keystone Studios and Warner Brothers actor.

Hollywood career

Richardson immigrated to the United States aboard the RMS Olympic in 1912, arriving on 24 July to join Harold. They were married three days later in New York on 27 July 1912 (her 22nd birthday). After briefly living in Canada and San Francisco, the couple moved to Hollywood, where he worked as a character actor.

Between 1915 and 1950, Richardson worked for Warner Brothers as a bit player, make-up artist, and stand-in for such stars as Mary Pickford and Bette Davis. Mabel and Harold appeared in the silent film The Ten Commandments in 1923, with their son James playing the role of the infant laid at Jesus's feet. Richardson and her husband met and socialized with many prominent Hollywood actors during this time.

Later life

Harold died of cancer in 1942.Richardson retired in the 1960s and spent her remaining years in Laguna Beach and Long Beach, California. She died in the latter place on 15 March 2001 at the age of 110 years, 231 days.


  • The Ten Commandments (1923) Israelite woman (uncredited)
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) Unknown (uncredited)