Jobyna Ralston
Actress
Jobyna Ralston
Jobyna Ralston was an American stage and film actress.
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1967
    Age 67
    Ralston spent the last five years of her life suffering from rheumatism and had a series of strokes. She died in 1967 from pneumonia at the Motion Picture Country Home in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California.
    More Details Hide Details She was 67 years old.
  • FORTIES
  • 1945
    Age 45
    They had one child, actor Richard Arlen, Jr. Ralston and Arlen divorced in 1945.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1927
    Age 27
    Ralston was married twice. The first time was to her childhood beau John Campbell, but the marriage did not last. In 1927 she married actor Richard Arlen, whom she had met on the set of Wings.
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  • 1923
    Age 23
    In 1923 she was named by the film industry as one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars.
    More Details Hide Details This award was given every year to the top up and coming female stars. This same year she starred with silent comedian Harold Lloyd in Why Worry?, and for the next five years appeared in six of Lloyd's feature films as his leading lady. It is for these performances and her onscreen chemistry with Lloyd that she is best remembered today. She would start the trend for romantic comedies with Girl Shy (1924). As a freelance actress, Ralston co-starred with Richard Arlen, in the first Oscar-winning film, Wings (1927). She had a feature role in a film which also featured Clara Bow, Gary Cooper, and Buddy Rogers. She would star in eleven more motion pictures, among them Special Delivery (1927) co-starring Eddie Cantor. Her film career ended after two early talkies when she became a mother. Her last talkie, Rough Waters (1930), found her acting with Rin Tin Tin.
  • 1922
    Age 22
    She abandoned the stage for the screen in 1922 when her mother's health began to decline, and she needed to make more money to help pay the medical bills.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1915
    Age 15
    Around 1915, Ralston attended acting school in New York.
    More Details Hide Details She later danced chorus and sang in Broadway productions, her first being Two Little Girls in Blue. This production marked her Broadway debut, when she was 21. Comedian Max Linder saw her on stage and persuaded her to go to Hollywood, where she appeared in a number of his films. She also co-starred in Humor Risk (1921), the fabled lost comedy short film that was to be the film debut of the Marx Brothers. Soon director Hal Roach began to star the actress in one-reel comedies.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1909
    Age 9
    At the age of nine she gave her first stage performance in Cinderella during the grand opening of the Wilson theatre/Opera House in 1909.
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  • 1899
    Born
    Born Jobyna Lancaster Raulston in South Pittsburg, Tennessee in 1899 to parents who named her after famed entertainer of the time, Jobyna Howland.
    More Details Hide Details Ralston's mother, a portrait photographer, carefully groomed her daughter for a show business career.
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