Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, she followed her older Ivy into acting. She made her film debut in The Chain Invisible in 1916, obviously as a teenager, in an actual named part. She made more than 50 films, the bulk of her career, in the silent era. She made the successful change to talking parts in the late 1920's with her first full talkie coming in 1929 in The Canary Murder Case, she even did a turn as a Vamp in 1928 in Beware of Bachelors an early partial talkie. What she is most famous for is her third billing in Marnau's Sunrise, as "The Woman From The City;" which won 3 of the very first Oscars ever awarded. She continued her career well into the 1930's, but retired from acting when she Jazz musician Paul Whiteman, and never returned. She is portrayed Claudia Harrison in Peter Bogdanovich's The Cat's Meow (2001), which is a seriously fictionalized story based on what may or may not have happened early film pioneer Thomas Ince, that led to his death days after being on board newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst's yacht one weekend in 1924. She died in Warrington, Pennsylvania on 13 December 1984. She shares a birthday with my son!
|A fashion photo of her dating from 1927.|
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