Madge Bellamy

Born Jun 30, 1899

Madge Bellamy was an American film actress who was a popular leading lady in the 1920s and early 1930s. Her career declined in the sound era, and ended following a romantic scandal in the 1940s.

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1899 Birth Bellamy was born Margaret Derden Philpott in Hillsboro, Texas in 1899 to William Bledsoe and Annie Margaret (née Derden) Philpott. … Read More


1918 19 Years Old In 1918, she appeared in a touring production of Pollyanna for which she received good reviews.


1919 - 1920 2 More Events
1921 22 Years Old Her first film for Triangle was 1921's The Cup of Life, starring Hobart Bosworth.
1922 23 Years Old Bellamy's breakout role was as the title character in the 1922 film adaptation of the 1869 novel Lorna Doone. … Read More
1924 25 Years Old In 1924, Bellamy's contract with Ince ended and she signed with Fox Film Corporation where she would stay for the next five years. … Read More
1925 26 Years Old By 1925, Bellamy began encountering difficulties due to several "artistic differences" she had with studio executives. … Read More
1927 28 Years Old In 1927, Fox executive Winfield Sheehan, with whom Bellamy was having an affair, attempted to cast her in the lead role of "Diane" in the romantic drama 7th Heaven. … Read More
1928 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1928, Bellamy was cast in Fox's first part-talking film, Mother Knows Best The film was an adaptation of Edna Ferber's novel of the same name and features Bellamy as Sally Quail, a stage performer whose life is dominated by her overbearing stage mother "Ma Quail" (Louise Dresser). … Read More


1929 30 Years Old 1 More Event
Bellamy's final silent film, Fugitives, was released in 1929. … Read More
1932 33 Years Old 1 More Event
Bellamy attempted to find work as a freelance actress but did not work again until 1932 when she began appearing in Poverty Row films.


1942 43 Years Old Bellamy had been having an affair with Murphy for five years before he ended the relationship in October 1942. … Read More
On February 11, 1943, Bellamy pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of violating a gun law and was given a suspended six-month sentence. … Read More
1944 45 Years Old On January 4, 1944, a Nevada court denied Bellamy's divorce suit on the grounds that she and Murphy had never legally been married. … Read More
1945 46 Years Old The shooting and divorce filing generated publicity for Bellamy, but effectively ended her already fading career. She made her last screen appearance in Northwestern film Northwest Trail in 1945.
1946 47 Years Old She returned to the stage in 1946 in the Los Angeles production of Holiday Lady, after which she retired. Bellamy's only marriage was to bond broker Logan F. Metcalf. They married in Tijuana on January 24, 1928.


1990 91 Years Old 1 More Event
She suffered from chronic heart problems towards the end of her life. On January 10, 1990, she checked into the San Antonio Community Hospital in Upland, California for treatment. … Read More
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