Lina Basquette

Actress + Dancer + Author + Dog Breeder
Born Apr 19, 1907

Lina Basquette was an American actress noted as much for her more than 75 years in entertainment beginning in the silent film era, as her tumultuous personal life and nine marriages.

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  • Movie Guide And Film Series
    NYTimes - Apr 25, 2008
  • Critic's Choice; New Dvd's
    NYTimes - Oct 09, 2007
  • Lina Basquette, Silent Film Star And Dog Breeder, Is Dead At 87
    NYTimes - Oct 06, 1994
  • Critic's Notebook; Early Capra, When He Had An Edge
    NYTimes - May 01, 1992


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Lina Basquette.


1907 Birth Born on April 19, 1907.
1915 8 Years Old He hired her at the age of eight (through her parents) to advertise Victrolas at the 1915 Panama–Pacific International Exposition, held in San Francisco. … Read More
1916 9 Years Old Baskette secured her first film contract at the age of nine in 1916 with Universal Studios in Los Angeles for the silent film series, Lena Baskette Featurettes. … Read More


1923 16 Years Old In 1923, Baskette and her mother traveled across the country by train to New York City, so that the girl could audition for John Murray Anderson. … Read More
By 1925, at age 18 Basquette was appearing in two concurrent Ziegfeld productions. … Read More
1926 19 Years Old After the marriage, Basquette grew to love and respect Warner; the couple had a daughter, Lita, in 1926. … Read More


1928 21 Years Old Basquette returned to work in 1928, appearing in four films. … Read More
1929 22 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1929, she starred in the partial-sound film, The Godless Girl, directed by Cecil B. DeMille. … Read More
1930 23 Years Old 1 More Event
In August 1930, Basquette left Marley as she tried to regain custody of Lita. … Read More
1931 24 Years Old 1 More Event
Basquette's third marriage was to actor Ray Hallam in 1931. … Read More
1932 25 Years Old 1 More Event
In her autobiography, Basquette said that, while she and Hayes were separated, she had an affair with Jack Dempsey. Dempsey ended the affair in July 1932, after which Basquette attempted suicide a second time.
1934 27 Years Old She and Hayes eventually reconciled and remarried in 1934. They had a son, Edward Alvin Hayes, in April 1934. The following year, they divorced in December 1935.
1935 28 Years Old Basquette was never financially stable enough to regain custody of her daughter. The Warner family filed several legal suits against her to win back Sam Warner's share of Warner Bros. studio. Over the next 20 years, Basquette saw Lita on only two occasions: in 1935, when Harry Warner and his family moved to Los Angeles, and in 1947, when Lita married Dr. Nathan Hiatt. … Read More


1937 30 Years Old In April 1937, Basquette married British actor Henry Mollison in London. They separated in 1940, and divorced in October 1944.


1947 40 Years Old In 1947, she married Warner Gilmore, the general manager of the St. Moritz Hotel. They divorced in 1951. Basquette's final marriage was to artist Frank Mancuso. They married in 1959 and separated that same year, but they never bothered to get legally divorced.


1994 88 Years Old On September 30, 1994, Basquette died of lymphoma at her home in Wheeling, West Virginia, at the age of 87. … Read More
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