Genevieve Hamper was born in Greenville in 1888 and lived in Greenville for 20 years. She won a prize for her art in water colors at the age of 13 from the Grand Rapids Herald Newspaper. She opened a dress making shop in Greenville in her late teens. In 1908, at the age of 20, she moved with her parents to Detroit.
In 1910 she was hired as a Shakespearian actress playing opposite Robert Mantell in Chicago. In 1912, they were married. She had a very successful acting career on stage where she was known for her beauty as well as her acting ability. In 1915 she starred in her first silent movie films. She starred in seven films between 1915-1923. She continued to perform on stage touring the country performing Shakespeare. Her husband, Robert Mantell died in 1928. She married actor John Alexander a year later but retired from the stage in 1933 following the death of her son. She died in New York City in 1971 at the age of 82.