|Birth:||27 July 1890|
London, United Kingdom
|Death:||15 March 2001|
Long Beach, California, USA
|Age:||110 years, 231 days|
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.
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), and 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.
Mabel immigrated to the United States aboard the RMS Olympic in 1912, arriving on 24 July to join her fiancee 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, Mabel and Harold moved to Hollywood, where Harold worked as a character actor.
Between 1915 and 1950, Mabel 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. Mabel and her husband met and socialized with many prominent Hollywood actors during this time.
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 Long Beach, California, USA, 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)