Ann Little was an American film actress whose career was most prolific during the silent film era of the early 1910s through the early 1920s.
Born Mary Brooks on a ranch near the town of Mt. Shasta, California, she began appearing in a traveling stock theater group after graduating high school. After briefly relocating to San Francisco, California in the early 1910s, she made the transition to films; first appearing in one-
By 1912, Little was appearing regularly in Thomas H. Ince directed Western-
Although possibly best recalled for her appearances in Westerns, Ann Little showed versatility as an actress by appearing in a number of well received roles in other dramatic genres and even comedies. Most notably among her dramatic roles was the early American cinematic Civil War serials directed by William J. Bauman and Thomas Ince. Another notable film of the period was the 1914 Ruth Ann Baldwin penned and Allan Dwan adapted epic Damon and Pythias, which included a cast of thousands of extras. While signed under contract to Universal Studios, she would make nearly six serials, most of them Western-
By 1917, Little was signed to Paramount Pictures and often being paired with the highly successful actor Wallace Reid in a number of popular dramas and comedies, and while allegedly tired of being typecast as an actress of Western serials starred opposite cowboy actor Jack Hoxie in the popular 1919 serial Lightning Bryce. By the early 1920s however, Little would only take dramatic roles outside of the Western genre. Notable films of the period include the race-