Myrtle Gonzalez was an American actress. From 1913 to 1917, she starred in at least 78 silent era motion pictures of which 66 were one and two-reel shorts. She is regarded as a movie star. Gonzalez was best known for her role as Enid Maitland in Vitagraph’s six-reel feature length drama The Chalice of Courage opposite William Duncan. A magazine writer once called her The Virgin White Lily of the Screen. On November 23, 2022, Google featured her in a Google Doodle in the United States. November 23 is the anniversary of the release of the short film The Level, in which she starred.

Birth Name

Myrtle Gonzalez







Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Myrtle Gonzalez was born on the 28th of September 1891, in Los Angeles, California, United States.


She was died on the 22th of October 1918 (aged 27), in Los Angeles, California, United States during the worldwide Spanish flu pandemic.

Sun Sign







Her educational qualifications are unknown.

Family Details

  • Father – Manuel George Gonzalez (1868–1919) (Retail grocer)
  • Mother – Lillian L. Cook (1874–1932
  • Siblings – Stella M. Gonzalez (1892–1965) (Sister), Manuel G. Gonzalez Jr. (1898–?) (Brother)

Marital Status


Boyfriend / Spouse

Myrtle Gonzalez has dated –

  • James Parks Jones – In 1910, Gonzalez married James Parks Jones. They had one son together, James Parks Jones Jr. (1911–1970), before they divorced.
  • Allen Watt (December 1, 1917 – October 22, 1918) – On December 1, 1917, Myrtle and actor/director Allen Watt (1885–1944) were married in Los Angeles. She gave up her screen work and retired. They had met when Watt was working as an assistant director at Universal. By the time of their marriage, the US had entered World War I and Watt was an officer in the US Army. He was stationed at Camp Lewis, near Tacoma, Washington. As Gonzalez’s health was too frail for the climate, Capt. Watt was placed on the retirement list so he could return her to Southern California. He went back to work at Universal and began directing.

Physical Statistics


  • In feet – 5 feet 5 inches
  • In centimeters – 165 cm
  • In meters – 1.65 m


  • In Kilograms – 50 kg
  • In Pounds – 110 lbs

Body Measurements

  • Measurements – 34-24-34
  • Bust – 34 inches
  • Waist – 24 inches
  • Hip – 34 inches
  • Bra Size – 32B

Body Build


Eye Color

Dark Brown

Hair Color

Dark Brown

Shoe Size

She wears a size 7.5 (US) shoe.

Dress Size

Her dress size is 5 (US).



Professional Statistics

Famous For

Myrtle became known for The Level (1914), The Little Sheriff (1914) and The Chalice of Courage (1915). A magazine writer once called her The Virgin White Lily of the Screen.

Film Debut

In 1915, Gonzalez had her first film onscreen role in the movie, Chalice of Courage opposite William Duncan.

Myrtle Gonzalez Net worth

Myrtle Gonzalez has an estimated net worth of $3 million dollars as of 2024.

Some Lesser Known Facts About Myrtle Gonzalez

  • Gonzalez was born in Los Angeles, California the daughter of Manuel George Gonzalez and Lillian L. Cook.
  • Her father’s family was a Hispanic Californio family of Mexico, which had long settled this territory before the US took it over. Her mother, the daughter of immigrants from Ireland, was a former opera and popular singer.
  • From early childhood, Myrtle displayed remarkable dramatic talent, and she had a good soprano voice.
  • She appeared in many local concerts and benefits and sang in church choirs. She later played juvenile parts on the stage with Fanny Davenport and Florence Stone.
  • Because she grew up in Los Angeles, the shift of movie production to her hometown was a big advantage for her. Gonzalez worked for such studios as Vitagraph and Universal.
  • In many of her roles, Gonzalez typified a vigorous out-of-doors type of heroine. During the last six years of her career, many of the movies she starred in were stories of the snow country and of the forests.
  • Gonzalez, at age 27, of 1918, died during the worldwide Spanish flu pandemic. At the time of her death, she was at her parents’ home in Los Angeles, at 908 West Thirtieth Street.
  • On November 23, 2022, Google featured her in a Google Doodle in the United States. November 23 is the anniversary of the release of the short film, The Level (1914), in which she starred.


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