Born in Wisconsin, Lola Fisher was diverted from a career as a magazine illustrator by jealousy after her sister Frances eclipsed her in fame, remuneration, and skill as a fine artist. Fisher, through a series of accidents, found herself stepping into a role as a Bowery rough girl in a production by a New Jersey stock company when the woman scheduled to play the part found it too "unsanitary." Fisher triumphed, was hired as a regular member of the company, and quickly advanced to ingenue (or "pink and white") roles. Like many young actresses she endured several notable flops before landing a series of parts on Broadway that earned critical praise and popular applause. She emerged in a trio of performances, "Our Mrs. Chesney," "Rio Grande," and "Good Gracious Annabelle" in the 1915-1916 season.
Fisher's forte was playing young women of awkward innocence, such as Camilla Hathaway a 17-year-old with only modest singing talent trying to make it in the big city in "Be Calm, Camilla." Ambitious to increase her range, she playing dual roles in a spiritualist drama and a female wit in 1922's "Banco." After her success in "The Business Widow," she turned her sights on Hollywood, but before leaving New York was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Her decline was swift and she died in 1926 at the age of 34. David S. Shields/ALS