Leatrice Joy
American actress
Leatrice Joy
Leatrice Joy was an American actress most prolific during the early silent film era.
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Lon Chaney Movie Schedule: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, TELL IT TO THE MARINES ... - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Cast: Leatrice Joy, John Bowers, Lon Chaney. BW-75 mins. 7:30 AM THE UNHOLY THREE (1930) A ventriloquist, a strong man and a midget form a criminal alliance. Dir: Jack Conway. Cast: Lon Chaney, Lila Lee, Elliott Nugent. BW-72 mins
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VIDEO; When DeMille Parted the Red Sea
NYTimes - almost 6 years
CECIL B. DeMILLE would probably have approved of the concept behind Paramount Home Entertainment's 55th anniversary gift set edition of ''The Ten Commandments,'' an appropriately colossal undertaking that includes three Blu-ray discs and three standard DVDs, a commemorative book, reproductions of the original program and assorted documents and
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AT THE MOVIES
NYTimes - almost 17 years
Hollywood, Back When . . ''My mother was great friends with your mother,'' Leatrice Gilbert Fountain told Budd Schulberg as they shook hands in a suite at the Drake Hotel in Manhattan. The occasion was the annual New York visit of the Turner Classic Movies Archival Project, an ongoing initiative of the cable channel to interview every available
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CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK; At Wits' End: Algonquinites in Hollywood
NYTimes - about 24 years
BY 1935, Dorothy Parker had abandoned the life of a New York sophisticate for that of a Hollywood screenwriter, but the sunshine did nothing to mellow her caustic outlook. As she wrote in a letter back east to Alexander Woollcott, her friend from the old days of the Algonquin Round Table, "Aside from the work which I hate like holy water, I love it
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WEEKENDER GUIDE
NYTimes - almost 28 years
LEAD: Friday COOKIES AND ART Friday COOKIES AND ART The humble cookie has never really been the same since Louis Lefevre-Utile devised the scalloped cookie-cutter and transformed cookies into art a century ago. The legacy of this French cookie mogul is the inspiration for a whimsical exhibition at the French Institute/Alliance Francaise, 22 East
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Leatrice Joy, 91, Dies; Actress in Silent Films
NYTimes - almost 32 years
Leatrice Joy, a leading silent-film actress, died of acute anemia Monday at the High Ridge House nursing home in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. She was 91 years old. Leatrice Joy Zeidler was born in New Orleans in 1893, and made her film debut as an extra in 1915. From 1916 to 1930, she appeared in 50 films, notably comedies with Billy West
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LOVED BY GARBO AND DIETRICH
NYTimes - almost 32 years
DARK STAR By Leatrice Gilbert Fountain with John R. Maxim. Illustrated. 287 pp. New York: St. Martin's Press. $14.95. LIKE so many movie stars of his time - and after - John Gilbert shot to fame because he had looks that photographed appealingly and an elusive charm that projected mysteriously and compellingly onto film. He had the sort of
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VIRGINIA BRUCE, 72, ACTRESS PORTRAYED ZIEGFELD SHOWGIRL
NYTimes - almost 35 years
Virginia Bruce, who portrayed the quintessential Ziegfeld showgirl in the lavish 1936 musical film ''The Great Ziegfeld'' and was the last wife of John Gilbert, the silent-screen lover, died Wednesday following a long illness. She was 72 years old. Noted for her fragile beauty, Miss Bruce was a popular leading lady of the 1930's and 40's, appearing
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1985
    Age 91
    On May 13, 1985, Joy died from acute anemia at the High Ridge House Christian Science nursing home in Riverdale, Bronx, New York.
    More Details Hide Details She was interred at the Saint Savior Episcopal Churchyard in Old Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Leatrice Joy has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6517 Hollywood Blvd., in Hollywood, California.
  • 1963
    Age 69
    Joy appeared as a subject on CBS TV's game show, To Tell the Truth July 1st, 1963.
    More Details Hide Details She was interviewed in the television documentary series Hollywood: A Celebration of the American Silent Film (1980).
  • FIFTIES
  • 1951
    Age 57
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1960s, Joy retired to Greenwich, Connecticut, where she lived with her daughter and son-in-law.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1931
    Age 37
    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.
    More Details Hide Details During her silent film career in the 1920s, she was Hollywood's best known Christian Scientist.
  • 1929
    Age 35
    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.
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  • 1928
    Age 34
    A professional dispute ended the DeMille/Joy partnership in 1928 and she was signed with MGM.
    More Details Hide Details That year she headlined MGM's second part-talkie effort, The Bellamy Trial opposite Betty Bronson and Margaret Livingston.
  • 1925
    Age 31
    In 1925, against the advice of studio executives, Joy parted ways with Paramount and followed DeMille to his new film company, Producers Distributing Corporation, for which she made a few moderately-successful films, including Lois Weber's last silent film The Angel of Broadway in 1927.
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  • 1924
    Age 30
    Joy filed for divorce in August 1924, citing Gilbert's infidelity and alcoholism.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1922
    Age 28
    Joy was married three times and had one child. On March 22, 1922, she married actor John Gilbert.
    More Details Hide Details They had a daughter, Leatrice Joy Gilbert (later Fountain), in September 1924 who later acted in bit parts.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Joy starred in a number of successful releases for Paramount and was heavily promoted as one of DeMille's most prominent protégées.
  • 1920
    Age 26
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Directors often cast Joy in the "strong-willed independent woman" role, and the liberated atmosphere of the Jazz Age Roaring Twenties solidified her public popularity, especially with female film goers. Her close-cropped hair and somewhat boyish persona (she was often cast as a woman mistaken for a young man) became fashionable during the era.
  • 1917
    Age 23
    Signed under contract with Samuel Goldwyn Studios, her first role for the studio was in 1917's The Pride of the Clan opposite Mary Pickford.
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    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.
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  • 1916
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In many of these, she starred as "Susie," an irrepressibly enthusiastic, impulsive young woman who gets into humorous scrapes.
  • 1915
    Age 21
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Her mother disapproved of her becoming an actress, but the family needed the money, so her mother accompanied her to California where she began working in plays and films.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1893
    Born
    Born on November 7, 1893.
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