Blanche Sweet

Born Jun 18, 1896

Sarah Blanche Sweet was an American silent film actress who began her career in the earliest days of the Hollywood motion picture film industry.

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  • Museum Of The Moving Image Hosts Making Movies In New York: 1911 Broadway World
    Google News - May 26, 2011
  • Critic's Choice; New Dvd's
    NYTimes - Nov 18, 2008
  • Movie Guide
    NYTimes - Feb 11, 2000
  • Holiday Films: Stagecraft; Theater Steps In As An Antidote To The Jar Jars
    NYTimes - Nov 14, 1999


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1896 Birth Born on June 18, 1896.


1909 13 Years Old In 1909, she started work at Biograph Studios under contract to director D. W. Griffith.
1910 14 Years Old By 1910 she had become a rival to Mary Pickford, who had also started for Griffith the year before.
1911 15 Years Old Sweet was known for her energetic, independent roles, at variance with the 'ideal' Griffith type of vulnerable, often fragile, femininity. After many starring roles, her first real landmark film was the 1911 Griffith thriller The Lonedale Operator.
1913 17 Years Old In 1913 she starred in Griffith's first feature-length film, Judith of Bethulia.
1914 18 Years Old In 1914 Sweet was initially cast by Griffith in the part of Elsie Stoneman in his epic The Birth of a Nation but the role was eventually given to rival actress Lillian Gish, who was Sweet's senior by three years. … Read More


1922 26 Years Old Sweet and Neilan married in 1922. … Read More
1923 27 Years Old During the early 1920s Sweet's career continued to prosper, and she starred in the first film version of Anna Christie in 1923. … Read More


1930 34 Years Old As the Roaring Twenties wound down, Sweet's career faltered with the advent of talkies. Sweet made just three talking pictures, including her critically lauded performance in 1930's Show Girl in Hollywood, before retiring from the screen that same year and marrying stage actor Raymond Hackett in 1935. The marriage lasted until Hackett's death in 1958. … Read More


1982 86 Years Old Sweet is the subject of a 1982 documentary by Anthony Slide, titled "Portrait of Blanche Sweet," in which she talks of her life and her career.
1984 88 Years Old On September 24, 1984, a tribute to Blanche Sweet was held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. … Read More
1986 90 Years Old Sweet died in New York City of a stroke, on September 6, 1986, just weeks after her 90th birthday. … Read More
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