Marie Prevost
Actress
Marie Prevost
Marie Prevost was a Canadian-born film actress. During her twenty year career, she made 121 silent and talking pictures. Prevost began her career during the silent film era. She was discovered by Mack Sennett who signed her to contract and made her one of his "Bathing Beauties" in the late 1910s. Prevost appeared in dozens of Sennett's short comedy films before moving on to feature length films for Universal. In 1922, she signed with Warner Bros.
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Hooray for Hollywood's Dearly Departed - Huffington Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The dachshund of Marie Prevost, the early cinema actress who succumbed to acute alcoholism, did not eat her. The dog nipped a little to wake her. Lupe Vélez, the Mexican Spitfire, did not drown in a toilet, which is physically impossible,
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La vie après la course - Cyberpresse
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La première cuvée de la course, avec dans ses rangs Charles Muzard, Anne-Marie Prévost, Ismaël Auray, Patrick Gélinas, Rémi Fréchette, Joël Nadeau et Marc-Antoine Beaudette, commence à arpenter les cantons. Représentante de la région sherbrookoise au
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Coulisses : comment les meilleurs jeunes athlètes du monde se préparent avant ... - La Voix du Nord
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Quant à Marie Prevost, c'est la kiné de la bande. Ses « clients » sont essentiellement des athlètes issus des petites délégations. Celles qui n'ont pas eu les moyens de ramener un gros encadrement. C'est le cas d'Anna-Maria Vasquez, une lanceuse de
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Faire son cinéma... et action! - Cyberpresse
Google News - over 5 years
Le public pourra découvrir les anciens candidats que ce sont devenus Iouri Philippe Paillé, Anne-Marie Prévost et Charles Muzard." Inspirés peut-être par ces trois anciens de la Course Estrie, les six participants ont décidé de poursuivre le travail ou
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Lille - Rennes : les confrontations - Stade Rennais Online
Google News - almost 6 years
Les Rennais s'imposent largement (5-2), grâce à un doublé de Henri Guérin, deux buts de Marcel Gouédard et Henri Combot, et une réalisation contre son camp du Nordiste Jean-Marie Prévost. Cette belle victoire est encore aujourd'hui l'un des deux seuls
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The Listings: Movies
NYTimes - about 7 years
FILM SERIES DANCE ON CAMERA (Friday through Tuesday) In partnership with the Dance Films Association, the Film Society of Lincoln Center offers the 38th edition of this popular festival of short and feature-length films about the art of the dance. The opening-night presentation, ''Dancing Across Borders,'' a profile of the Cambodian dancer
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A Daughter Discovers Branches of the Family Tree Pruned by Her Father
NYTimes - over 9 years
In a white-box living room in an apartment on lower St. Charles Avenue here, the dining table was set for a family party: plastic bowls of chips, dip and salsa; a plastic bag of sepia-toned family photographs waiting to be opened; and a copy of Bliss Broyard's new book, ''One Drop: My Father's Hidden Life -- A Story of Race and Family Secrets.'' In
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GOING OUT GUIDE
NYTimes - about 30 years
LEAD: Friday BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS Friday BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS Greenwich Village has always had a penchant for the literary, and so it seems only natural that Public School 3, in the heart of the Village at the corner of Hudson and Christopher Streets, should offer, in lieu of a bake sale, an Antiquarian Book Fair. Today from 6 till 10 P.M., tomorrow
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Marie Prevost
    THIRTIES
  • 1937
    Age 38
    In February 1937, it was discovered that Prevost's estate was valued at $300.
    More Details Hide Details This prompted the Hollywood community to create the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital to provide medical care for employees of the television and motion picture industry. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Marie Prevost has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6201 Hollywood Boulevard.
    On January 21, 1937, Prevost died of acute alcoholism at the age of 38.
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  • 1934
    Age 35
    By 1934, she had no work at all and her financial situation deteriorated dramatically.
    More Details Hide Details The downward spiral became greatly aggravated when her weight problems forced her into repeated crash dieting in order to keep whatever bit part a movie studio offered. Prevost made her last on screen appearance in a bit part as a waitress in Ten Laps to Go (1936).
  • 1933
    Age 34
    Frank Prevost died in September 1933 and bequeathed Marie $1.
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  • 1932
    Age 33
    In 1932, she was one of the three leads in the film Three Wise Girls, starring Jean Harlow.
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  • 1931
    Age 32
    In 1931, she played Academy Award winner Helen Hayes' loyal friend in The Sin of Madelon Claudet.
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  • 1930
    Age 31
    While at MGM, Prevost worked steadily but was still offered only secondary parts. In 1930, she appeared in Paid, starring Joan Crawford.
    More Details Hide Details While Prevost's role was secondary, she still garnered good reviews.
  • 1929
    Age 30
    Prevost's depression caused her to binge on food resulting in significant weight gain. Her career continued but she was relegated to secondary roles. In 1929, Cecil B. DeMille offered her a co-starring role in his final silent film The Godless Girl, starring Lina Basquette.
    More Details Hide Details In her 1990 autobiography, Basquette recalled that Prevost was not outwardly bitter about losing her leading lady status stating, "Aw, hell, that's the way it is." Prevost received generally good reviews for her role in the film. The following year, she signed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1927
    Age 28
    Prevost and Harlan separated in May 1927 and Prevost filed for divorce. Later that year, she was granted an interlocutory divorce. However, the couple reconciled in June 1928. The reconciliation proved to be brief and their divorce was finalized in January 1929.
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    Adding to her depression was the end of her marriage to Kenneth Harlan - the two separated in 1927.
    More Details Hide Details After seeing Prevost in The Beautiful and Damned, Howard Hughes cast her as the lead in The Racket (1928). Hughes and Prevost later had a brief affair. After the affair ended, Prevost was heartbroken which furthered her depression. Her role in The Racket would prove to be Prevost's last leading role.
  • 1926
    Age 27
    Prevost's sister had her remains cremated and combined them with their mother's, who had died in 1926.
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    Shortly after she was dismissed by Warner Bros., Prevost's mother, Hughina, died in an automobile accident in Lordsburg, New Mexico, on February 5, 1926.
    More Details Hide Details She was traveling to Palm Beach, Florida, with actress Vera Steadman and Hollywood studio owner Al Christie when their vehicle overturned. Hughina was crushed by the vehicle and died at the scene. Steadman and Christie both sustained serious injuries, but survived. Actress Phyllis Haver, who had been friends with Prevost since her Bathing Beauty days, later stated in an interview that she believed the loss of Prevost and Harlan's contracts with Warner Bros. caused problems in the marriage and was also one of the causes of Prevost's alcoholism. Devastated by the loss of her only remaining parent, Prevost began drinking heavily and developed an addiction to alcohol. Prevost tried to get past her personal torment by burying herself in her work, starring in numerous roles as the temptingly beautiful seductress who in the end was always the honorable heroine.
    In early 1926, Warner Bros. decided to not renew Prevost and Harlan's contracts (the two had quietly married in 1924 after Prevost's divorce was finalized).
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    She was also beset with personal problems, including the death of her mother in 1926 and the breakdown of her marriage to actor Kenneth Harlan in 1927, which fueled her depression.
    More Details Hide Details She began to abuse alcohol and binge eat causing her to gain weight thus making it difficult for her to secure acting jobs. By 1935, Prevost was only able to secure bit parts in films. She made her last onscreen appearance in 1936.
  • 1924
    Age 25
    In October 1924, Prevost married actor Kenneth Harlan.
    More Details Hide Details The two starred in several films together including The Marriage Circle and Bobbed Hair.
    This performance, praised by The New York Times, resulted in Lubitsch casting her in Three Women in 1924 and in Kiss Me Again the following year.
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    In spite of the bad publicity, Prevost's performance in The Beautiful and Damned brought good reviews. Director Ernst Lubitsch chose her for a major role opposite Adolphe Menjou in 1924's The Marriage Circle.
    More Details Hide Details Of her performance as the beautiful seductress, Lubitsch said that she was one of the few actresses in Hollywood who knew how to underplay comedy to achieve the maximum effect.
  • 1923
    Age 24
    Gerke's divorce petition was granted in October 1923.
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    In August 1923, Sonny Gerke, Prevost's first husband filed for divorce.
    More Details Hide Details The Los Angeles Mirror got wind that Prevost was still married and ran a story with the headline "Marie Prevost Will be a Bigamist if She Marries Kenneth Harlan". Warner was livid over the negative publicity and Prevost's failure to disclose her first marriage despite the fact that the publicity stunt was his idea.
  • 1922
    Age 23
    While at Universal, Prevost was still relegated to light comedies. After her contract expired, Jack L. Warner signed her to a two-year contract at $1500 a week at Warner Bros. in 1922.
    More Details Hide Details During this time, Prevost was dating actor Kenneth Harlan. Jack Warner had also signed Harlan to a contract and cast the couple in the lead roles in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Beautiful and Damned. To publicize the film, Warner announced that the couple would marry on the film's set. The publicity stunt worked and thousands of fans sent gifts and letters to the couple.
  • 1921
    Age 22
    Prevost was released from her contract with Keystone and she signed with Universal in 1921.
    More Details Hide Details At Universal, Irving Thalberg took an interest in Prevost and decided to make her a star. Thalberg ensured that she received a great deal of publicity and staged numerous publicity events. After announcing that he had selected two films for Prevost to star in, The Moonlight Follies (1921) and Kissed (1922), Thalberg sent Prevost to Coney Island where she publicly burned her bathing suit to symbolize the end of her bathing beauty days.
    By 1921, Prevost wanted to move on to another studio.
    More Details Hide Details She later stated that she left Keystone Studios because Sennett was only interested in making money and was no longer concerned with creativity. Director King Baggot helped to secure her a contract with Universal for $1,000 a week.
  • 1920
    Age 21
    One of her first publicly successful film roles came in the 1920 romantic film Love, Honor, and Behave, opposite another newcomer and Sennett protégé, George O'Hara.
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  • 1919
    Age 20
    Initially cast in minor comedic roles as the sexy, innocent young girl, she worked in numerous films for Sennett's studio. In 1919, Sennett cast Prevost in her first lead role in Yankee Doodle in Berlin.
    More Details Hide Details The film was a hit and helped to solidify Prevost's career.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1918
    Age 19
    Prevost was married twice with both marriages ending in divorce. Her first marriage was to socialite Henry Charles "Sonny" Gerke in June 1918. The marriage was not known to the public until Gerke filed for divorce in August 1923 citing desertion.
    More Details Hide Details Gerke claimed that the marriage was kept a secret because Prevost feared it would damage her budding acting career. News of the marriage was revealed shortly after Jack L. Warner devised a publicity stunt in which he claimed that Prevost and her The Beautiful and Damned co-star Kenneth Harlan would marry on the film's set in real life. To avoid negative publicity, Prevost did not fight the divorce. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Prevost admitted that she and Gerke married on a whim and had separated shortly after marrying. She also stated that she and Gerke had remained friendly and dated on occasion.
    As her career was beginning to rise, Prevost married socialite Henry Charles "Sonny" Gerke in June 1918.
    More Details Hide Details The couple separated soon after and Prevost kept news of the marriage a secret.
  • 1915
    Age 16
    While living in Los Angeles, Prevost attended Manual Arts High School. By 1915, Prevost landed a job as a secretary at a law firm which represented the Keystone Film Company.
    More Details Hide Details While running an office errand at the Keystone Studios, Prevost was asked to appear in a bit part for the film His Father's Footsteps. Keystone's owner, Mack Sennett, was impressed by Prevost's performance and sent word that he wanted to see Prevost in his office. Prevost later recalled the day to Motion Picture World magazine: "I asked for Mr. Sennett and was ushered in right away. He looked very stern as I walked into his office. I was ready to cry. Suddenly, he smiled. 'I want your signature today. Sign right here.' I suddenly realized the paper he pushed in front of me was a contract. I was to be one of his Sennett Bathing Beauties. Best of all I was to be paid $15 a week. I signed without reading a word. Fifteen dollars was a lot of money."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1900
    Age 1
    In 1900, Hughlina gave birth to another daughter, Marjorie.
    More Details Hide Details Marie's stepfather, who worked as a miner and surveyor, frequently moved the family around the country following up on various get-rich-quick schemes. After living in Ogden, Utah; Reno, Nevada; and Fresno, California, the family finally settled in Los Angeles. Hughlina and Frank Prevost later divorced.
  • OTHER
  • 1896
    Age -3
    Born on November 8, 1896.
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