Blanche Sweet
Actress
Blanche Sweet
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 - over 5 years
35mm print courtesy of MOMA. Biograph Studio. With Charles Hill Mailes, Charles West, and Blanche Sweet. Written by Emmett C. Hall. Financial pressures force a businessman to grow profits by spiking his new soft drink with Cocaine
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CRITIC'S CHOICE; New DVD's
NYTimes - over 8 years
GRIFFITH MASTERWORKS 2 D. W. Griffith, one of the most celebrated figures in American film, is probably the only silent-movie director whose name is known to the general public. And yet, as a new boxed set from Kino, ''Griffith Masterworks 2,'' reminds us, he is still underappreciated, with much of his work waiting to be rediscovered. A few decades
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MOVIE GUIDE
NYTimes - about 17 years
Here is a selective listing by critics of The Times of new or noteworthy movies and film series playing this weekend in New York City. * denotes a highly recommended film or series. Ratings and running times are in parentheses. An index of reviews of films opening today appears on Page 12. Now Playing *''ANY GIVEN SUNDAY,'' starring Al Pacino,
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HOLIDAY FILMS: STAGECRAFT; Theater Steps In As an Antidote To the Jar Jars
NYTimes - over 17 years
AT moments of crisis, the movies have traditionally turned to their older brother for help. And by and large, the theater has answered the call. The crisis today, as movies enter their second century, lies in the draining away of one of the principal qualities that make the medium what it is -- its special, intimate relationship with the physical
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Review/Television; Portrait Of Griffith In His Life And Art
NYTimes - almost 24 years
In "D. W. Griffith: Father of Film," Lillian Gish points out how the great movie director "understood the psychic strength of the lens" and Charles Chaplin is recalled saying that "he was the teacher of us all." True, of course, but David Wark Griffith (1875-1948) does not easily slip into cozy categorizations. There was much in his life and art
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AT THE MOVIES
NYTimes - almost 27 years
LEAD: Fred Ward's 'Blues' No, Fred Ward is not toothless. Fred Ward's 'Blues' No, Fred Ward is not toothless. It's probably best to settle this matter right away because anyone who sees the versatile actor - who played the astronaut Gus Grissom in ''The Right Stuff'' and the Indian union activist in ''Silkwood,'' among other roles - is going to
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BLANCHE SWEET, FILM ACTRESS
NYTimes - over 30 years
Blanche Sweet, one of the earliest motion-picture stars, died of a stroke yesterday at her home in Manhattan. She was 90 years old. Miss Sweet, who became famous acting in D.W. Griffith films, portrayed strong, determined heroines and sometimes unsympathetic characters - unlike other Griffith stars, such as her friend, Lillian Gish, who played
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GOING OUT GUIDE
NYTimes - over 31 years
ON THE BEACH Beach is not a word often associated with the Manhattan littoral, but the landfill for Battery Park City in lower Manhattan has given Creative Time Inc. a setting for ''Art on the Beach,'' which begins its seventh and final season there today. ''Art on the Beach'' offers a mix of art, sculpture and performances during the week, and one
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AT THE MOVIES
NYTimes - about 32 years
''ANN-MARGRET?'' That, apparently, was the reaction of three stars in ''The Return of the Soldier,'' Glenda Jackson, Alan Bates and Julie Christie, when her name was suggested for one of the film's four key roles. ''They all had odd reactions to the thought,'' recalled Ann Skinner, the film's co-producer, who had suggested Ann-Margret for the role
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GOING OUT GUIDE
NYTimes - over 32 years
WORLD CENTER For thousands of years Jerusalem has been a spiritual lodestone, drawing Jews, Christians and Moslems to its shrines and venerable stones. Jerusalem, in addition to inspiring religious feelings, inspired its visitors with the desire to make it familiar - in map, drawing or photograph - to the most lowly of believers around the world. A
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AT THE MOVIES
NYTimes - over 32 years
''THE most important thing is expressing nuances, and the next thing is finding rhythm.'' Through a translator, the 34-year-old Tokyo-born director Yoshimitsu Morita was discussing the philosophy of film making that has seen him acclaimed as one of the leading lights in a renaissance of Japanese movies. Mr. Morita's ''Family Game,'' his fifth
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Blanche Sweet
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1986
    Age 89
    Sweet died in New York City of a stroke, on September 6, 1986, just weeks after her 90th birthday.
    More Details Hide Details Her ashes were later scattered at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.
  • 1984
    Age 87
    On September 24, 1984, a tribute to Blanche Sweet was held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details Miss Sweet introduced her 1925 film, The Sporting Venus.
  • 1982
    Age 85
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1930
    Age 33
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Sweet spent the remainder of her performing career in radio and in secondary Broadway stage roles. Eventually, her career in both of these fields petered out, and she began working in a Los Angeles department store. In the late 1960s, her acting legacy was resurrected when film scholars invited her to Europe to receive recognition for her work.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1923
    Age 26
    During the early 1920s Sweet's career continued to prosper, and she starred in the first film version of Anna Christie in 1923.
    More Details Hide Details The film is also notable as being the first Eugene O'Neill play to be made into a motion picture. In successive years, she starred in Tess of the d'Urbervilles and The Sporting Venus, both directed by Neilan. Sweet soon began a new career phase as one of the newly formed MGM studio's biggest stars.
  • 1922
    Age 25
    Sweet and Neilan married in 1922.
    More Details Hide Details The union ended in 1929 with Sweet charging that Neilan was a persistent adulterer.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1914
    Age 17
    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.
    More Details Hide Details That same year Sweet parted ways with Griffith and joined Paramount (then Famous Players-Lasky) for the much higher pay that studio was able to afford. Throughout the 1910s, Sweet continued her career appearing in a number of highly prominent roles in films and remained a publicly popular leading lady. She often starred in vehicles by Cecil B. DeMille and Marshall Neilan, and she was recognised by leading film critics of the time to be one of the foremost actresses of the entire silent era. It was during her time working with Neilan that the two began a publicized affair, which brought on his divorce from former actress Gertrude Bambrick.
  • 1913
    Age 16
    In 1913 she starred in Griffith's first feature-length film, Judith of Bethulia.
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  • 1911
    Age 14
    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.
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  • 1910
    Age 13
    By 1910 she had become a rival to Mary Pickford, who had also started for Griffith the year before.
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  • 1909
    Age 12
    In 1909, she started work at Biograph Studios under contract to director D. W. Griffith.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1896
    Born
    Born on June 18, 1896.
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