Leatrice Joy

Born Nov 7, 1893

Leatrice Joy was an American actress most prolific during the early silent film era.

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1893 Birth Born on November 7, 1893.


1915 21 Years Old She attended New Orleans Convent of the Sacred Heart but left when her father was diagnosed with tuberculosis and forced to give up his dental practice. She tried out for the New Orleans-based Nola Film Company in 1915 and was hired as an actress. … Read More
1916 22 Years Old Joy began her acting career in stock theater companies and soon made her film debut; between April 1916 and November 1917 she was the star of about 20 one-reel Black Diamond Comedies produced by the United States Motion Picture Corporation in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and released nationally by Paramount Pictures. … Read More
1917 23 Years Old 1 More Event
In late 1917 she relocated to the relatively young film colony in Hollywood, California and began appearing in comedy shorts opposite Billy West and Oliver Hardy.
1920 26 Years Old Her career quickly gained momentum, and by 1920 she had become a highly-popular actress with the filmgoing public and was given leading-lady status opposite such performers as Wallace Beery, Conrad Nagel, Nita Naldi, and Irene Rich. … Read More
1922 28 Years Old 1 More Event
With her increasing popularity, Joy was sought out by Cecil B. DeMille, who signed her to Paramount Pictures in 1922, immediately casting her in that year's successful high-society drama Saturday Night opposite Conrad Nagel. … Read More


1924 - 1925 2 More Events
1928 34 Years Old A professional dispute ended the DeMille/Joy partnership in 1928 and she was signed with MGM. … Read More
1929 35 Years Old Joy's career began to falter with the advent of talkies, possibly because her heavy Southern accent was considered unfashionable in comparison with other actresses' refined "mid-Atlantic" diction. In 1929 she became a freelance actress without a longterm contract.
1931 37 Years Old Joy's second marriage was to businessman William Spencer Hook on October 22, 1931; they divorced in 1944. Joy's third and final marriage was to former actor and electrical engineer Arthur Kem Westermark. They married on March 5, 1945 in Mexico City and divorced in October 1954. … Read More


1951 57 Years Old By the early 1930s, Joy was semi-retired from the motion-picture industry, but she later made several guest appearances in a few modestly-successful films, such as 1951's Love Nest, which featured a young Marilyn Monroe. … Read More


1963 69 Years Old Joy appeared as a subject on CBS TV's game show, To Tell the Truth July 1st, 1963. … Read More
1985 92 Years Old On May 13, 1985, Joy died from acute anemia at the High Ridge House Christian Science nursing home in Riverdale, Bronx, New York. … Read More
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