Her death was indirectly the result of an accident she suffered in June 1939.
More DetailsHide DetailsShe stumbled over a chair and sustained injuries to her left side and eye. Doctors said her illness was exacerbated by "her highly nervous state."
Her funeral was conducted by Pierce Brothers Mortuary and attended by stage and screen friends.
From 1929 until 1935, she found success as a character actress when sound was being introduced to films.
More DetailsHide DetailsIn the final five years of her life she was reduced to taking roles as an extra, playing "atmospheric parts". She was always optimistic that her fortunes would turn for the better. Helene made movies with Warner Brothers, Columbia Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Paramount Pictures, and other studios.
Her most noteworthy performances came in The Long Arm of the Manister (1919), The Cup of Fury (1920), Heartsease (1919), The Sin Flood (1922), Dangerous Curve Ahead (1921), From The Ground Up (1921), The Glorious Fool (1922), Yellow Men and Gold (1922), Dust Flower (1922), Godless Men (1920), and Quicksands (1923).
She was a star from 1920 through 1925.
More DetailsHide DetailsAt the pinnacle of her acting career, she earned a salary estimated to have been $2,000 per week.
In January 1919, Chadwick became engaged to Lieutenant William A. Wellman, an American pilot with the Lafayette Flying Corps. He had just returned from France and was cited for bravery for his valor in World War I. The couple had met at a party at the house of a friend. Wellman was signed to play a prominent role in an upcoming movie with Douglas Fairbanks Sr. The couple wed in July 1921, but in the summer of 1923, Chadwick sued Wellman for divorce on grounds of desertion and nonsupport.
More DetailsHide DetailsAt the time of their separation William was directing movies for Fox Film. Wellman directed Wings, the first film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture, as well as many other notable films.
Signed by Samuel Goldwyn, Chadwick went to California in 1913 and entered silent movies in 1916.
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