Barbara La Marr

Barbara La Marr

Actress + Screenwriter
Born Jul 28, 1896

Barbara La Marr was an American stage and film actress, cabaret artist and screenwriter. La Marr was known as "The Girl Who Is Too Beautiful", after a Hearst newspaper feature writer, Adela Rogers St. Johns, saw a judge sending her home during the police beat in Los Angeles because she was too beautiful and young to be on her own.… Read More

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1896 Birth La Marr was born in 1896 as Reatha Dale Watson to William Wallace and Rosana "Rose" Watson in Yakima, Washington (La Marr later claimed she was born in Richmond, Virginia). … Read More
1900 3 Years Old By 1900, she was living with her parents in Portland, Oregon, with her brother William, her half-sister Violet Ross, and Violet's husband Arvel Ross. … Read More


1910 13 Years Old By 1910, La Marr was living in Fresno, California, with her parents. … Read More
1913 16 Years Old In January 1913, La Marr's half-sister, now going by the name of Violet Ake, took her 16-year-old sister on a three-day automobile excursion with a man named C.C. Boxley. … Read More
La Marr was married five times. She married her first husband, Jack Lytell, in 1914 at the age of 17. … Read More
1916 19 Years Old In 1916, La Marr married dancer Phil Ainsworth. Ainsworth was sent to San Quentin for passing bad checks. They divorced in 1917.


1918 21 Years Old La Marr married for a fourth time to Ben Deely in 1918. … Read More
1920 23 Years Old After marrying and moving with her second husband to New York City, La Marr found employment writing screenplays at Fox studios using the name "Folly Lytell". Her association with filmmakers led to her returning to Los Angeles and making her film debut in 1920. … Read More
1923 26 Years Old Before the divorce from Deely was finalized, La Marr married actor Jack Dougherty in May 1923. … Read More
1925 28 Years Old By 1925, La Marr's drug and alcohol use began to take its toll. … Read More


1926 30 Years Old On January 30, 1926, she died of complications associated with tuberculosis and nephritis at her parents' home in Altadena, California, at the age of 29. … Read More
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