Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Aleta Freel
Freel became despondent regarding her career. She took a .22 rifle from a gun rack in her home and shot herself through the temple on December 6, 1935.
More DetailsHide DetailsFreel died early the following morning at Emergency Hospital in Los Angeles, California. She was 28 years of age. Her husband confided to police that he and Miss Freel had a "small spat" during the evening. She was disappointed about some screen tests on which she had high hopes, but which were unsuccessful.
On December 14, 1935, in Sacramento, California, the state of California opened an investigation into the "strange death" of Aleta Freel. The inquiry was requested by Governor of New Jersey Harold G. Hoffman. Friends and relatives of the actress asked Hoffman and Governor Merriam of California for a more exhaustive probe. Freel's father, William, was quoted as saying at the time of his daughter's death, that he was not altogether sure she took her life.
Her husband Ross remarried, but 13 months after Freel's suicide he also shot and killed himself, reportedly with the same gun.
She played leading roles in several eastern stock companies. Among Freel's stage performances was a role in the play Double Door, which was performed at the Ritz Theater in New York City in the fall of 1933.
More DetailsHide DetailsShe was married to Hollywood actor Ross Alexander following a backstage romance. Alexander was originally from Brooklyn, and began his career in New York. He was cast in many Broadway productions, one of which was The Ladder.
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