Edwina Booth
Actress
Edwina Booth
Edwina Booth was an American actress. She is best known for the 1931 film Trader Horn, during the filming of which she contracted an illness which effectively ruined her movie career.
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Citizen looks back 80 years - Colorado County Citizen
Google News - over 5 years
... filmization of the famous book of African Adventure, was to open in the local Orphic Theatre June 4 and 5 and was being billed as the biggest undertaking in the filming of adventure films in history and starred Harry Carey and Edwina Booth
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Edwina Booth, 86; Actress Who Won Fame Due to Illness
NYTimes - almost 26 years
Edwina Booth, an actress who made headlines in the 1930's when a mysterious illness ended her film career, died Saturday. She was 86 years old. Miss Booth, whose death had been erroneously reported several times since she contracted an illness while filming "Trader Horn" in Africa, died in the Medallion Convalescent Hospital in Long Beach, her
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FILM: 'ANDROID,' A HIJACKING IN SPACE
NYTimes - about 33 years
''ANDROID,'' which opens today at the Waverly Theater but was made two years ago, is an essentially cheerful, knowing little science-fiction film that positively celebrates the shoestring on which it was made. The basic sets - all interiors - are those roomy space ships and space stations left over from such Roger Corman cheapie classics as
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Photo of film ''Around The World In 80 Days''
NYTimes - about 33 years
PEOPLE dispirited by snow, slush and sleet tend toward reveries of sun-soaked beaches and lush greenswards. It is such fancies as these that New Yorkers can indulge in to their hearts' content during a 12-week round-the-world film retrospective beginning Sunday at the Regency Theater, Broadway and 67th Street. The series offers 59 movies produced
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Edwina Booth
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1991
    Age 86
    She died of heart failure May 18, 1991, in Long Beach, California. and is buried in Santa Monica's Woodlawn Cemetery.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1959
    Age 54
    They were married from 1959 until his death in 1983.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1935
    Age 30
    In 1935, Booth and her father went to Europe to seek medical treatment.
    More Details Hide Details When she returned to the United States, she was confined to a dark room. She refused to talk of her time as a movie star later in her life. Booth withdrew completely from the public eye, although she continued to receive fan mail for the rest of her life. She declared that she would be dedicating all of her future leisure and a large proportion of her earnings to the alleviation of human suffering, "My years of illness have not been wasted," she informed the local press. "I have learned to love mankind." She became more active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and worked in the Los Angeles California Temple. Booth was married three times. Anthony Shuck, her first husband, had their marriage annulled soon after her return from Africa. She married her second husband, Urial Leo Higham, on November 21, 1951; he died in 1957. Her third husband was Reinold Fehlberg.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1927
    Age 22
    She was on vacation following a 1927 stage appearance when film director E.
    More Details Hide Details Mason Hopper saw her and offered her a part in a Marie Prevost picture. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) was impressed with her, and cast Booth in supporting roles. Her chance for stardom came when the studio cast her in its new jungle epic Trader Horn opposite Harry Carey. MGM gave the production a fairly large budget, and sent cast and crew on location in East Africa. Until 1929, the only films shot in Africa were travelogues, but MGM was hoping the idea of "location shooting" might increase the film's commercial appeal. The crew was inexperienced and ill-equipped for filming in Africa, a problem exacerbated by MGM's last-minute decision to shoot the film with sound. When Booth left the United States, she had a fever of 104. In Africa, she had to cope with the heat and insects, and she got cut by elephant grass. While shooting the film, she wore clothing made of monkey fur and lion's teeth. Booth contracted malaria during shooting. Booth also suffered a sunstroke and fell out of a tree. (In an interview with Dick Cavett in the 1970s, Katharine Hepburn said Booth contracted schistosomiasis, and incorrectly stated that Booth had died.) Her role in the film as "The White Goddess" required her to be scantily clad, likely increasing her susceptibility. Production went on for several months (much longer than average production time in those days), and the film wasn't released until 1931.
  • 1926
    Age 21
    She got her first part in 1926 in a silent film.
    More Details Hide Details In 1928, Booth was cast in the Dorothy Arzner-directed Manhattan Cocktail.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1921
    Age 16
    Her family moved to Venice, California, in 1921 due to her father contracting influenza.
    More Details Hide Details As a young adult, Woodruff watched many movies during her free time. Her stage name was Edwina Booth: her favorite granduncle was named Edwin and her grandfather's last name was Booth. Booth was discovered while sunbathing on a California beach by director E. J. Babille. He gave her a business card and she went to the Metropolitan Studio to take her first screen test a few days later.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1904
    Born
    She was born Josephine Constance Woodruff in Provo, Utah on September 13, 1904, to James Lloyd Woodruff and Josephine Booth Woodruff.
    More Details Hide Details She was the oldest of their five children. Her father was a doctor. She suffered from hypoglycemia, which left her with little energy and kept her from completing any full year of school.
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