Née Sybil Margaret Chute

b. 7 June 1886, Norwood, London, England

d. November 1948, Los Angeles, California, USA

Journalist, columnist for Picture Show and Everybody’s Weekly in the late 1920s.

Margaret Chute was the daughter of actor Charles Kean Chute (b. 1858, Bath, Somerset, England) and Sybil Claridge Andrews (b. 1860, Holloway, London, England) and the sister of Dorothea Emily Chute.Margaret was a columnist for the magazine Picture Show during the late 1920s. In November 1926, the magazine recorded that ‘Margaret Chute, the well-known society writer recently visited Los Angeles, taking with her exclusive introductions that gained her entry to all of the best-known studios’. While in Hollywood, Margaret wrote a number of articles including a series of ‘intimate’ interviews with Pola Negri and Gloria Swanson and a piece titled ‘John Gilbert and his Hair’. Margaret’s society connections may have come from her sister Dorothea (known as Dora), who had become Lady McFaydyean following her marriage to Andrew McFadyean.

Margaret visited America again in 1928 and in 1940 but we do not yet have any detailed information about these visits. (NM)

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See Posts for Margaret Chute


‘The One Eyed Machine’, The Royal Magazine, 1912 (?)

I Talk to Pola Negri’, Picture Show, 20 November 1926, p. 18.

‘John Gilbert and His Hair’, Picture Show, 20 November 1926, p. 20.

‘My Visit to Gloria Swanson’, Picture Show, 4 December 1926, p. 5

‘Two Dreams Come True’, Picture-Play Magazine, February 1927, p. 30-31. [‘Charlie Chaplin at last films his long-cherished tale of a circus clown and in the course of the production, an envoy from home, an English journalist, visits the studio and at last meets her idol. She tells in the article below, her impressions of her fellow countryman at work’].

‘Girl of Twenty-Two Who Photographs Stars’, Everybody’s Weekly, 8 September 1928, n.p.

‘A Hungarian in Hollywood: An Exclusive Story about Victor Varcoini’, Picture Show, 15 September 1928, pp. 10-11.

‘The Heroine of the Wind – Lilian Gish as seen by Margaret Chute’, Picture Show, 10 November 1928, pp. 10-11.


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