Sarah Blanche Sweet (1895–1986) was born in Chicago into a show business family. She was first carried onto the stage to perform at only eighteen months old. As a child she loved to dance, and her grandmother made sure she got lessons. She danced with the Gertrude Hoffman troupe and appeared with Chauncey Olcott on Broadway. Blanche began her film career with the pioneering Edison Studio in 1909 at the age of fourteen. Her leading roles in the Griffith Biographs were popular with the public, with melodramatic titles such as The Miser’s Heart, Home Sweet Home, and The Avenging Conscience.