Happy Birthday, Belle Bennett

In Uncategorized on April 21, 2021 at 10:44 pm

You won the role of the very first Stella Dallas over 74 other actresses under consideration for the Samuel Goldwyn in 1925, and instantly became legendary as result.

Here you are, in the devastating final scene.

You trained as a circus trapeze artist as a child, discovered quite young by Belasco in the theater, starred on Broadway and began making silent films in 1913. Married three times, you were performing in vaudeville when you collapsed onstage in Philadelphia from a recurrence of cancer you’d been suffering with for two years. A plane flew you back to Los Angeles in 1932, where you died at Cedars of Lebanon that year, age 41.

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