Constance Worth
Australian actor
Constance Worth
Constance Worth was an Australian actress who became a Hollywood star in the late 1930s.
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    FIFTIES
  • 1963
    Age 50
    Died on October 18, 1963.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1961
    Age 48
    Throughout her career and as late as 1961, publicity in Australia repeatedly suggested she was on the verge of signing a major studio contract again.
    More Details Hide Details This did not eventuate.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1949
    Age 36
    Her last film was a minor role in the 1949 Johnny Mack Brown western Western Renegades.
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  • 1947
    Age 34
    In 1947 Australian newspapers reported that she had been severely injured in a car accident and had undergone plastic surgery. Constance Worth died, aged 51, in Hollywood on 18 October 1963, an “ordinary housewife”, reportedly from anemia.
    More Details Hide Details Ken Hall remarked "unhappy circumstances" surrounded her death. She is occasionally mistaken for a British silent era film actress of the same name, active 1919–1922.
  • 1946
    Age 33
    In January 1946 she was again in newspapers, cited in divorce proceedings by the wife of Hollywood scriptwriter W. A. Pierce.
    More Details Hide Details Both denied any impropriety, but within a year of his divorce they married.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1939
    Age 26
    Denis O’Brien comments that even in 1939 “the Weekly was still dredging the Howarth saga” in its report on her latest film Mystery of the White Room (1939).
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    In mid 1939 she returned to act on stage in Australia, but went back to the US before the end of the year.
    More Details Hide Details In 1941 she appeared in an uncredited minor role in Alfred Hitchock’s Suspicion, and in the same year, a leading role in the gangster B film Borrowed Hero.
  • 1938
    Age 25
    Her next role was in Willis Kent's 1938 exploitation quickie, The Wages of Sin, playing a young woman lured into prostitution.
    More Details Hide Details For the next twelve years she appeared in a mix of leading, supporting and uncredited roles in B films.
  • 1937
    Age 24
    In May 1937 she married US actor George Brent, but after only a few weeks they separated, and a divorce was granted the same year.
    More Details Hide Details The marriage and drama of the divorce attracted enormous newspaper publicity in Australia.
  • 1936
    Age 23
    In April 1936 she sailed for the United States and Hollywood.
    More Details Hide Details After six months of unsuccessful effort, including a near fatal incident with a gas stove in her flat, she signed a contract with RKO, taking the leading female roles as Constance Worth, in China Passage and Windjammer. The change of name was related to her first role with established Hollywood actor Vinton Hayworth. After Windjammer, RKO offered her no more films.
  • 1933
    Age 20
    Ken Hall claimed Howarth’s first screen test showed “light and shade, good diction, no accent and (that) she undoubtedly could act with no sign of the self-consciousness which almost always characterised the amateur.” In late 1933, Smith's Weekly raved enthusiastically about the young actress; "Young Joy Howarth who leapt into publicity when she became the Squatter's Daughter a few months ago, is just the big hit nowadays.”
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1912
    Born
    Born on August 19, 1912.
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