Jeanie MacPherson was a silent film actress from 1908 to 1917 and a film screenwriter through the 1940s.
Jeanie MacPherson was educated in Paris and in Chicago and studied dancing from Theodore Kosloff. Her onstage experience started when she went to Chicago Musical College. In 1908, she made her screen debut in the D.W. Griffith directed dramatic short entitled The Factual Hour and would become a popular actress through the 1910s, appearing alongside such notable actors as Wallace Reid, Geraldine Farrar, Blanche Sweet and Wilfred Lucas before retiring from acting in 1917 and concentrating on a writing career within the film industry.
As a screenwriter, MacPherson was a founding member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which was created on May 11, 1927 in Hollywood, California. AMPAS is a professional honorary organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of motion pictures. She worked for many years as a writer at Paramount Studios and with such prominent directors as Cecil B. DeMille and D.W. Griffith.
MacPherson died of cancer in 1946, aged 59, and was interred at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood.