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BARNETT, Vincent. B. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July 4, 1903. Brown hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 6 in. Wt. 11 st. 6 lb. Ed. Duquesne University, Pittsburg; Carnegie Technical College. Following a brief experience on the vaudeville stage, made his screen debut in Her Man (Patlm, 1930). Was for many years Hollywood's only professional insuiter, his job being to pick on someone indicated by the host at a party and to pester the unsuspecting victim with insults throughout the whole evening. Sometimes he would masquerade as a waiter and, while serving, would drop soup down peoples’ necks. Has now abandoned this job entirely for the screen.

Also Played in : For the Love of Lil (Col), All Ouiet on the Western Front (Univ), Wide Open (Warner), One Heavenly Night (U.A.), Unfit to Print (Para), A Royal Flush (Pa the), Scarf ace (U.A.), Night Mayor (Col), Tiger Shark (Warner), The New Yorker (U.A.), Heritage of the Desert (Para), Pride of the Legion (Tec-Art).

BARRAUD, George. B. in London, Dec. 17, 1S94. Brown hair, blue

eyes. Ht. 6 ft. Wt. 11 st.

Was formerly a book-illustrator, journalist, and editor. Made his stage debut in Bulldog Drummond, 1920. Screen debut, Little Old New York, 1923. Has played opposite Norma Shearer, Leatrice Joy, Irene Rich, Betty Compson, Loretta Young and Mae Murray. Returned to England in 1931 to play in Ebb Tide (Para-Brit).

Also Played in : Tropic Madness

(Radio), Ned McCobb’s Daughter (Pathe), Strangs Cargo (Pathe), The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (M.G.M.), Road to Paradise (F.N.), Peacock Alley (Tiffany), Fat Wives for Thin (Mack Sennett), Woman to Woman (Tiffany), Women Who Play (Para-Brit), The Happy Ending (Gau-Brit), Return oj Rafjles (Nettlefold), After Dark (Fox-Brit).

BARRIE, Phyllis. M. Albert Nord. Mother was wardrobe mistress at Haymarket and Pavilion Theatres, London.

This interesting newcomer to the screen shared with Dorothy Hale one of the two leading feminine roles in I Have been Faithful (U.A.), with Ronald Colman as its star.

Was trained as a dancer in London. Left England six years ago for Australia. In Sydney played the leading roles in many American musical comedies, among them No, No, Nanette, Lady Be Good, and Rio Rita. Four years later migrated to America, touring the West Coast under the name.of Phyllis du Barrie. Was seen by Sam Gcldwyn, who gave her a part in I Have Been Faithful. which is the film version of Cynaia.

BARRIE,, Wendy. B. Hong Kong, April 1S, 1912. Fair hair, green eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 5 in. Ed. in Switzerland. After leaving school, came to England. Was chosen by Alexander Korda for her first important part in Wedding Rehearsal (London Film Pro, 1932). Was signed up in 1932 on a long-term contract with London Film Productions, Ltd.

Played in : Collision (U.A. Brit),

Threads (U.A. Brit), Call Box Mystery (U.A. Brit), Barton Mystery (Para Brit), Where Is This Lady ? (Amalgamated Films Association).

BARRY, Joan. B. Nov. 5, 1903. Blonde hair, blue eyes.

First became known to the English public by her performance in No, No, Nanette, in March, 1925. This was five years after her first appearance on the stage in His Lady Friends. One of her

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earliest films was The Happy Ending (Gau, 1925).

Also Played in : Atlantic (B.I.P.),

Ebb Tide (Para-Brit), Women Who Play (Para-Brit) The Outsider (Cinema House) Rich and Strange (B.I.P.), Man с/ Mayfair (Para-Brit), First Mrs. Fraser (Sterling), Rome Express (Gains), Sally Bishop (B.L ).

BARRYMORE, John. Real name Blythe. B. Philadelphia, Feb. 15, 188a. Brown hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 8 in. M. Dolores Costello, 1928. For a time deviated from the family tradition by serving as a cartoonist on a New York newspaper, but in 1903 decided to follow in his parents’ footsteps and began his stage career by playing in Magda. In 1926 came to London to play the name part in Hamlet. Film debut: Are You a Mason ? (Para, 1915)-

Also Played in : Raffles (Weber), Here Comes the Bride (Para), Sherlock Holmes, Moriarty (Goldwyn), The Lotus Eater (F.N.), Dr. Jekyll and Mr .Hyde (Para), His Lady (Warner), Beau Brummel (Warner), The Sea Beast (Warner), When a Man Loves (Warner), Don Juan (Warner), General Crack (Warner), The Man From Blank-leys (Warner), Show of Shows (Warner), Moby Dick (Warner), Mad Genius (Warner), Beloved Rogue (U.A.), Tempest (U.A.), Svengali (Warner), Eternal Love (U.A.), Arsene Lupin (M.G.M.), Grand Hotel (M.G.M.), Cardigan’s Last Case (Radio), Bill of Divorcement (Radio), Rasputin (M.G.M.).

BARRYMORE, Lionel. Real name Blythe. Parents : Maurice Barrymore and Georgia Drew. B. Philadelphia. April 28, 1878, Dark hair, blue

eyes. Ht. 6 ft. Wt. 11 st. 1 lb. Ed. in New York. M. Irene Fenwick (1923).

Regarded by many as the screen’s finest character-actor, Lionel Barrymore started his stage career by playing with his parents when quite an infant. It is said that D. W. Griffith persuaded him to try a screen career in 1909 and gave him a part in Friends ; but he went back to the stage for some years. Took up film acting in 1915, exactly 22 years after his first stage experience, one of his earliest films being The Yellow Streak (Met. 1915).

Also Played In : Enemies of Women (Para), Eternal City (Fitzmaurice), Copperhead (Para), Splendid Road (F.N.), Barrier (M.G.M.), Temptress (M.G.M.), The Show (M.G.M.), Thirteenth Hour (M.G.M.), Love (M.G.M ), River Wvman (Gotham), Alias

Jimmy Valentine (M.G.M.), The Mysterious Island (M.G.M.), West of Zanzibar (M.G.M.), Stark Mad (Warner), Sadie Thompson (U.A.), Yellow Passport (Fox), Gtiilty Hands (M.G.M.), A Free Soul (M.G.M.), Arsene Lupin (M.G.M.), Man I Killed (Para), Grand Hotel (M.G.M.), Mad Masquerade (M.G.M.), Mata Hari (M.G.M.), Sweepings (Radio), Rasputin (M.G.M.). .

BARTHELMESS, Richard. B. May 9, 1897, New York City. Brown hair and eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 9 in. Wt. 10 st. 10 lb. Ed. Trinity College, Hartford, Conn. M. (1) Mary Hay, June, 1920 ; one dan. Mary, b. Jan. 31, 1923; annulled; (2) Mrs. Jessica Sargeant.

Beginning as an extra in serials, he soon attracted the attention of D. W. Griffith, who gave him his first big chance in Broken Blossoms (1919). This was followed soon after by a starring role in Tol'able David (Inspiration 1921). Film debut War Brides (Selznick, 1916).

Also Played In : The Bright Shawl (F.N.), The Fighting Blade (F.N.), Winning Through (Inspiration) Shore Leave (F.N.), The Beautiful City (F.N.), The Enchanted Cottage (F.N.), Classmates (F.N.), The Amatetir Gentleman (F.N.), The White Black Sheep (F.N.), New Toys (F.N.), Soul Fire (F.N.), Just Suppose (F.N.), Ranson’s Folly (F.N.), The Patent Leather Kid (F.N.), The Noose (F.N.), The Drop Kick (F.N.), The Wheel of Chance (F.N.), The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come (F.N.), Out of the Ruins (F.N.), Scarlet Seas (F.N.), Drag (F.N.), Weary River (F.N.), Young Nowheres (F.N.), Show of Shows (Warner), The Dawn Patrol (F.N.), The Finger Points (F.N.), Son of the Gods (F.N.), The Lash (F.N.), The Last Fight (F.N.), Alias the Doctor (F.N.), The Cabin in the Cotton (F.N.).

BARTLAM, Dorothy. B. Yorkshire. Nov. 8, 1908. Dark hair and eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 2 in.

As talented a novelist as she is an actress, Dorothy Bartlam has two books to her credit—Contrary-Wise and Green Jennifer. Was originally intended to be a dancer and in 1923 joined a troupe on tour. Is a good example of the star who has had to battle her way through the crowds to success. First starring part in The Flying Squad (B.L., 1932).

Also Played In : The Ringer (Gains.

B.L.), Fascination (B.I.P.), We Dine at Seven, Birds of a Feather, The Love Race (B.I.P.), Fires of Fate (B.I.P.), Tin Gods (B.I.P.), Stranglehold (W.B.-F.N.), Alone at Last (W.B.-F.N.), Watch Beverley (Sound City).

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BASKCOMB, Archibald William. B. London, July 5, i3St. Black hair, grey eyes. hit. 5 ft, 8 in. Wt. 12 st. Ed. Christ's Hospital. M. Eugenie Louise de Beaulieu 1912; 1 dau.

Betty, 1914.

First stage appearance in The Octoroon, in which he played the part of a dumb negro. A season with Edward Terry at Terry's Theatre, 1S9S, followed this, and subsequently he toured the country with Henry Neville. First screen appearance in A Safe Proposition (Fox-Brit, 1932).

Also Played in : The Lodger (Twickenham). The Midshipmaid (Gau-Brit), Good Companions (Gau-Brit).

BASQUETTE, Lina. Real name, Belcher. B. San Marteo, Cal., April 19, 1907. Black hair, dark eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 3¾ in. M. (1) Sam Warner; d.; (2) Peverell Marley; div. 1930.

Was “ premiere danseuse ” of the Zieg-feld Follies at the age of sixteen ; her screen debut, however, had occurred before this, at the age of nine, when she played child parts for Universal. In 1927 abandoned the stage and returned to films to play in Ranger of the North (F.B.O.). A Paramount contract followed this. In July, 1932, was found in her apartment suffering from the effects of poison.

Also Played in : The Noose (F.N.), Serenade (Para), The Godless Girl (Pathe), Celebrity (Pathe), Show Folks (Pathe), The Younger Generation (Col), Come Across (Univ), The Dude Wrangler (WAV.), Mounted Fury (W.W.), Hard Hombre (Allied), Arizona Terror (Tiffany), Arm of the Law (Mono), Phantom Express (Tec-Art), Hello Trouble (Col), Dream Mother, (Chesterfield), Pleasure (Suprema).

BATTEN, John. B. Rotorua, N.Z. Brown hair, brown eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 10 in. Wt. 10 st. 5 lb. Ed. King's College, Auckland, N.Z.

Following a brief appearance on the American stage, took up film work. One of his early films was The Chorus Kid (Gotham, 1928).

Also Played in : Back Stags (Tiffany), Her Great Ambition (Strand), The Battle of Ike Sexes, The Godless Girl (Pathe), The Great Game (Gau), Under the Greenwood Tree (B.I.P.), The Love Waltz (U.F.A.), Men Like These (B.I.P.).

BAXTER, Jane. B. Germany. Light brown hair, grey eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 5 in. M. Clive Dunfee, who was killed at Brooklands, Sept. 24, 1932.

Popular on the London stage, on which she made her debut when fifteen years of

age. Has featured in a number of British films, one of the earliest being Bedrock (Piccadilly, 1930).

Also Played in : Bed and BreakfaA (Gau), Down River (Gau.), Flat Number 9 (Twickenham), Two White Arms (Eric Hakim)..

BAXTER, Warner. B. Columbus, Ohio, March 29, 1S92. Dark hair and eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 1 of in. Wt. 10 st. 10 lb. Ed. Columbus, Ohio. M. Winifred Bryson.

Like many other young men with theatrical ambitions, Warner Baxter was for a time baulked by parental disapproval. At nine years of age he began to show a marked interest in the stage but his mother — a widow— persistently refused to hear of any attempt on the young man’s part to go into the theatre. Tenacity, however, eventually won him his desire and he got his first opportunity with Dorothy Shoemaker, in Louisville, Kentucky. This obviously did not turn out too successfully, because he is recorded as having been partner in an Oklahoma garage some time after his first venture on the stage. Made his film debut in 1922. The Runaway (Para) and Aloma of the South Seas (Para) are among his early films.

Also Played In : Those Who Dance (F.N.), Christine of the Hungry Heart (F.N.), The Golden Bed (Para), A Son of His Father (Para), The Air Mail (Para), Happy Days (Fox), Mannequin (Para), Great Gaisby (Para), Miss Brewster’s Millions (Para), Mismates (F.N.), The Telephone Girl (Para), The Coward (Radio.), Dtums of the Desert (Para), Singed (Fox), Woman's Way (Col.), Tragedy of Youth (Tiffany), Ramona (U.A.), Craig’s Wife (Pathe), Danger Street (Radio), West of Zanzibar (M.G.M.), Three Sinners (Para), In Old Arizona (Fox), Linda (Richmount), Far Call (Fox), Thru Different Eyes (Fox), Behind Thai Curtain (Fox), Romance of the Rio Grande (Fox), Arizona Kid (Fox), Such Men Are Dangerous (Fox), Renegades (Fox), Their Mad Moment (Fox), Doctor’s Wives (Fox), The Squaw Man (M.G.M.), Daddy Long Legs (Fox), The ’Cisco Kid (Fox), Surrender (Fox), The White Man (M.G.M.), Amateur Daddy (Fox), Man About Town (Fox), Six Hours to Live (Fox).

BEAUMONT, Diana Muriel. B. Thames Ditton, nr. London, May S, 1909. Golden hair, brown eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 5 in. Wt. 8 st. 4 lb. Ed. Ursuline Convent, Wimbledon, London. M. John Baxter, 1929.

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Is a niece of Sir Gerald du Maurier, Appeared in the stage production of Peter Pan, at the age of 12. Her first film was Adam's Apple (B.I.P., 1927) Also Played in : Alibi (Twickenham), The Old Man (B.L.), A Lucky Sweep (National Talkies), When London Sleeps (Twickenham).

BEAUMONT, Lucy. B. Bristol, England, 1873. Iron grey hair, dark blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. Wt. 7 st. 12 lb. Ed. Clifton High School, Bath. M. Captain Douglas Vigors; he d.

Has had twenty-seven years' stage experience in London and New York, playing with Matheson Lang and David Belasco.

Played in : Youth Triumphant, The

Ashes of Vengeance (F.N.), The Family Secret (Univ),As No Alan Has Loved (Fox), The Greater Glory (F.N.), The Torrent (Cosmopolitan), The Beloved Rogue (U.A.), The Crowd (AI.G.AI.), The Old Soak (Univ), Hardboiled Rose (Warner), Greyhound Limited (Warner), She Knew Men (Warner), Stool Pigeon (Col), One Splendid Hour (Univ), The Ridin' Demon (Univ), Free Soul (M.G.M.), Caught Plastered (Radio), Get Rich Quick Wallingford (M.G.M.), Blonde Baby (Col), Gentleman For a Day (F.N.), First Cabin (Fox), Three Wise Girls (Col), Midnight Lady (Chesterfield), Movie Crazy (Para), Thrill of Youth (Chesterfield).

BEAVER, Louise. B. Cincinnati, Ohio, Black hair, dark eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 4 in. Wt. 13 st. 7 lb. Ed. Pasadena High School.

Began her career by singing in musical comedy. Motion picture debut, 1924 Played in : Gold Diggers (Warner),

Glad Rag Doll (Univ), Barnham 1 Vas Right (Univ), Coquette (U.A.), Nix on Dames (Fox), Back Stage (F.N.), Party Husbands (F.N.), Reckless Living (Univ), Sundown Trail (R.K.O.), Annabelle’s Affairs (Fox), Six Cylinder Love (Fox), Good Sport (Fox), Girls About Town (Para), Ladies of the Big House (Para), Unashamed (M.G.M.), It’s Tough to be Famous (F.N.), Night World (Univ), What Price Hollywood (R.K.O.), Street of Women (Warner), We Hitmans (Fox), The Expert (Warner), Wild Girl (Fox). Jubilo (Fox).

BEEBE, Marjorie. B. Kansas City, Missouri, Oct. 9, 1909. Red hair, green eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 3^ in. Wt. 8 st. 13 lb. Ed. Northeast High School, Kansas City; Belmont High School, Los Angeles. Made her first appearance on the screen without previously having had any stage

experience, one of her earliest films being Ankles Preferred (Fox, 1927).

Also Played in : Hills of Peril (Fox), Colleen (Fox), Rich But Honest (Fox), Thief in the Dark (Fox), Love Hungry (Fox), The Farmer's Daughter (Fox), Homesick (Fox), Not Quite Decent (Fox), Speakeasy (Fox), In Strange Company (Gau), Love Redeemed (Univ), The Death Ray (Pathe), Flames (Mono), Docks of San Francisco (Like), Hypnotised (Tiff).

BEERY, Noah. B. Kansas City, Missouri, Jan. 17, 1884. Black hair, brown eyes. Ht. 6 ft. 1 in.

M. Marguerite Lindsay.

Nineteen years on the stage preceded the motion picture debut in 1912 of Noah Beery, perhaps the screen’s most villainous villain. Since then he has given many excellent portrayals, the most memorable of which is undoubtedly his Sergeant Lejaune in Beau Geste (Para, 1926). Is a brother of Wallace Beery

Also Played In : Tol’able David (Col.), A Soldier’s Plaything Warner), The Spoilers (M.G.), Wanderer of the Wasteland (Para), The Thundering Herd (Para), Vanishing Race (Para), Beau Sabreur (Para).. Passion Ring (Excellent), Linda (Rich-mount), Careers (F.N.), Isle of Lost Ships (F.N.), Four Feathers (Para), Bright Lights (F.N.), Murder Will Out (F.N.), Sin Flood (F.N.), Song of the Flame (F.N.), Way of All Alen (F.N.), Noah’s Ark (Warner), Under Texas Aloon (Warner), Golden Dawn (Warner), Two Lovers (U.A.), Two O’clock in the Alorning (Bell), False Feathers (Eldorado), In Line of Duty (Gaumont M.) ’ Honeymoon Lane (Para), Lost Alen (Univ.) Stranger in Town (Warner), The Stoker (Tec. ; Art.), The Drifter (W Kent), Big Stampede (Warner), No Living Witness (Mayfair), Long Loop Laramie (Col), Out of Singapore (Goldsmith).

BEERY, Noah, Jun. B. New York City, Aug. 10, 1913. P. Noah Beery and Marguerite Lindsey. Brown eyes and hair. Ht. 5 ft. 10 in. Wt. 12 st. 2 lb. Ed. Curtis Schools ; Los Angeles Urban Military Academy ; Harvard Military Academy ; North Hollywood High School.

Decided to follow his father’s footsteps and began his screen career as soon as possible. Carl Laemmle, J un., proceeded to groom him carefully by giving him small parts preparatory to promoting h m to starring roles. Screen debut, as a bo/, in The Alark of Zorro (U.A.), the Douglas Fairbanks film.

Played in : Father and Son (Gotham) Heroes of the West (Univ), Jungle Aladness (Univ).

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BEERY, Wallace. B. Kansas City, Missouri, April i, 1889. Broun hair, hazel eyes. Ht. 6 ft. 1 in. Wt. 13 st. 7 lb. Ed. Kansas City High School ; Chase School, Kansas City. M. (1) Gloria Swanson, 1916; (2) Rita Gilman (1924).

Began his career with a circus where he remained two years as an assistant. This was followed by a number of years on the stage, sometimes as female impersonator, sometimes as " heavy ” villain until finally he made his film debut in 1913 with the Essanay Company, It was here that he met his first wife Gloria Swanson. Among his earliest films are Stairs of Sand (Para) and Behind the Door (Para).

Also Played In : Tale of Two

Woilds (Goidwyn), Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (M.G.), Ashes of Vengeance F.N.), Richard the Lion-Hearted (F.N.), Robin Hood (U.A.), The Lost World (F.N.), The Red Lily (M.G.), The Sea Hawk F.N.), So Big (F.N., silent), Volcano (Para), The Spanish Dancer (Para), The Devil's Cargo (Para), Adventure (Para), The Pony Express (Para), Behind the Front (Para), We’re in the Navy Now (Para), Fireman Save My Child (Para), Now We’re in the Air (Para), Wife Savers (Para) Partners in Crime (Para), The Big Killing (Para), Beggars of Life (Para), Chinatown Nights (Para), The River of Romance (Para), Min and Bill (M.G.M.), Secret S/лг (M.G.M.), The Big House (M.G.M), The Champ (M.G.M), Hell Divers (M.G.M.), Jenny Lind (M.G.M.), Billy the Kid (M.G.M.), The Derelicts (M.G.M.), Way for a Sailer (M.G.M.), Grand Hotel (M.G.M.).

BELL, Rex. Real name, George F. Beldam. B. Chicago, 111., Oct. 16, 1905. Fair hair, blue eyes. Ht. 6 ft. Wt. 12 st. 2 lb. Ed. Hollywood High School; Iowa University. M. Clara Bow, 1931. Has four years’ screen experience to his credit, during which he was cast chiefly in Western pictures. Attracted no little attention by marrying Clara Bow and carrying her off to his ranch.

Played in : Joy Street (Fox), Pleasure Crazed (Fox), Salute (Fox), They Had to See Paris (Fox), Harmony At Home (Fox), Lightnin’ (Fox), Battling With Buffalo Bill, Forgotten Women (Gau), Law of the Sea (Gau), Arm of the Law (Mono), From Broadway to Cheyenne (Mono), Man from Arizona (Carr.).

BELLAMY, Madge. Real name, Margaret Philpott. B. Hillsboro’,

Texas, June 30, 1903. Auburn hair, brown eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 3 in. Wt. 7 st. 12 lb. Ed. privately. М. Logan Metcalf, 1928 ; div.

Had a short stage experience and then went into films.

Played in : Iron Horse (Fox), Havoc (Fox), Lorna Doone (F.N.), Hail the Woman (F.N.), Bertha the Sewing Machine Girl {Vox), Ankles Preferred (Fox), Alimony (Radio), Summer Bachelors (Fox), Very Confidential (Fox), The Telephone Girl (Para), Silk Legs (Fox), Sandy (Fox), Mother Knows Best (Fox), The Play Girl (Fox), Soft Living (Fox), Fugitives (Fox), To-night at Twelve (Univ), White Zombie (Halperin), Gigolette (Tec-Art.).

BELLAMY, Ralph. B. Chicago, 111., June 17, 1904. Light brown hair, blue eyes. Ht. 6 ft. i£ in. M. Catherine Willard, 1931.

Ran away from home when fifteen years of age and toured America with small shows. For a long time received no encouragement, but in time fortune served him with the success for which he had always longed.

Played in: Surrender (Fox), Almost Married (Fox), Forbidden (Col), West of Broadway (M.G.M.), The Magnificent Lie (Para), Woman in Room 13 (Fox), Disorderly Conduct (Fox), Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (Fox), We Humans (Fox), Air Mail (Univ), Wild Girl (Fox).

BELMCRE, Lionel. B. Wimbledon, Surrey. Hazel eyes. Ht. 5 ft. io£ in. Wt. 15 st. 10 lb. Married ; 2 children, Violet and Rosamund.

Famous for many years on the English stage. Acted with Sir Henry Irving for 15 years. Has made films in England and America.

Played in : The Lion and the Mouse (Pathe), The Redeeming Sin (Warner), Stark Mad (Warner), From Headquarters (Warner), Unholy Night (M.G.M.), Yellowback (Radio), Evidence (Warner), The Love Parade (Para), Sting of the Lash (Robertson-Cole Productions), hlilestones (Goidwyn), The Barnstormer (F.N.), Peg 0’ My Heart (M.G.), Within the Law (F.N.), The Sea Hawk (F.N.), Bnrdclys the Magnificent (M.G.), Rose Marie (M.G.M ), Love Comes Along (Radio), The Rogue Song (M.G.MJ, Hell’s Angels (U.A.), Sweet Kitty Bellairs (Warner), Boudoir Diplomat (Univ), Queen of Scandal (U.A.), Shanghaied Love (Col), Alexander Hamilton (Warner), Frankenstein (Univ), Son of Mine (Mono), Captain of the Guafid (Univ), Safe In Hell (F.N.), Monte Carlo

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(Para), One Heavenly Night (U.A.), So Big (Warner), Vanity Fair (Allied).

BENNETT, Constance. B. New York, October 22, 1906. Fair hair, blue

eyes. Ht. 5 ft 4 in. Wt. 7 st. 1 lb. Ed. Miss Shandor’s School; Mrs. Merrill's School; Madame Balsan’s Finishing School in Paris. M. (1) Chester Moore-head, with whom she eloped June 6, 1921 ; annulled 1923. (2) Philip Plant,

Nov. 3, 1924 ; div. Dec. 15, 1929. (3)

Marquis de la Falaise et Coudray, Nov. 22, 1931. Has one adopted son, Dickie Plant, a Londoner whose parents died as the result of a car accident. Eldest daughter of the international stage star, Richard Bennett, she undoubtedly owes her sensational success to the talkies which make the most of her attractively husky voice. It was a meeting with Samuel Goidwyn at an Actors’ Equity Ball, in New York, that led to her appearance for the first time in a film. She is said to have earned with Warner Brothers the record salary of £6,000 a week and to have accumulated in the course of a year no less than ^90,000. Her first film was Cytharea (Goidwyn), 1920.

Also Played in : Into the Net (Pathd), Code of the West (Para), The Goose Hangs High (Para), My Son (F.N.), My Wife and I (Warner), Goose Woman (llniv), Sally, Irene and Mary (M.G.M.). Rich People (Pathe), This Thing Called Love (Pathe), Son of the Gods (F.N.), Three Faces East (Warner), Common Clay (Fox), Sin Takes a Holiday (Pathe), Reputation (Pathd), Easiest Way (M.G.M.), Born to Love (Pathe), Bought (Warner), The Common Law (Pathe), What Price Hollywood? (Radio), Two Against the World (Warner), Rockabye (Radio).

BENNETT, Enid. B. York, Australia, July 15, 1895. Golden hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 3 in. M. Fred Niblo, producer ; 3 children : Louis, Peter and Judith. Has visited most English-speaking countries in pursuit of her theatrical career. Entered motion pictures as a protegee of Thomas I nee, one of her earliest films being Robin Hood (U.A., 1923). Following the release of The Sea Hawk (F.N., 1924), abandoned the screen to play the equally important role of mother to her children. After six years’ absence, however, she has returned to the studios, where several maternal roles have been assigned to her.

Also Played in : Ambrose Applejohn’s Adventure (M.G.), Robin Hood (U.A.), Red Lily (M.G.M.), Good Medicine, Skippy (Para), WaterlooBridge[\5n\v),SookyfPara).

BENNETT, Joan. B. Palisades, New Jersey, Feb. 27, 1911. Golden hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 5 ins. Ed. S~ Margaret’s School, Waterbury, Conn. ; l’Ermitage, Versailles, France. M. (1) John Martin Fox, 1927 ; one child ; div. 1928. (2) Gene Markey, March 16,

1932.

Followed in her family’s footsteps by going on the stage. The screening of Bulldog Drummond (U.A., 1929) was her first experience of film work, Samuel Goidwyn having chosen her to play opposite Ronald Colman.

Also Played in : Three Live Ghosts (U.A.), Mississippi Gambler (Univ.), Disraeli (Warner), Crazy That Way (Fox), Puttin’ on the Ritz (U.A.), Maybe It’s Love (Warner), Moby Dick (Warner), Careless Lady (Fox), Many a Slip (Univ.), Doctors’ Wives (Fox), Hush Money (Fox), She Wanted a Millionaire (Fox), Smilin’ Through (U.A.), The Trial of Vivienne Ware (Fox), Week-Ends Only (Fox), Wild Girl (Fox).

BENNETT, Leila. B. July 15,

Played in : Taxi (Warner), The

Purchase Price (Warner), Two Against the World (Warner), The First Year (Fox), Doctor X (Warner), Emma (M.G.M.), Tiger Shark (Warner). Man and Wife (Radio).

BENNETT, Richard. B. Deacon’s Mills, Indiana, May 21, 1873. Ed. Logansfort; Kokomo. M. (1) Mabel Morrison; dissolved ; (2) Amee Raisch.

Stage ddbnt Chicago, 1891. Achieved great fame as a young man in juvenile roles, but has now been eclipsed by his daughters, Constance and Joan. Is, however, still very busy playing character parts for numerous companies in Hollywood.

Played in : The Eternal City (Fitz-maurice), This Reckless Age (Para), Divine Love (Foy), Arrowsmith (U.A.), The Sporting Widow (Para), Strange Justice {Radio).



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