Alma Rubens

Actress Alma Rubens

Alma Rubens was an American silent film actress and stage performer.
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  • 1931
    Age 34
    Rubens' memoirs, This Bright World Again, was serialized in national newspapers in 1931.
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    She died on January 21, 1931 at the age of 33 having never regained consciousness.
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    She was later released on $5,000 bail, and appeared for a preliminary hearing the second week of January 1931.
    She was there less than two weeks when, on January 5, 1931, she was arrested by Federal officers in San Diego for cocaine possession and conspiracy to smuggle morphine from Mexico into the United States.
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  • 1930
    Age 33
    In early February 1930, Rubens traveled to New York where she announced that she was free of drug addiction and was planning comeback with a vaudeville tour in the East.
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  • 1929
    Age 32
    Rubens was released from the Patton State Hospital in late December 1929.
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    On May 15, 1929, Rubens' husband Ricardo Cortez and her mother had Rubens committed to Patton State Hospital for treatment after she resumed her drug habit.
    In February 1929, Rubens' addiction became publicly known when she attempted to stab a physician who was taking her to a sanitarium for treatment.
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    One of her final roles was as Julie in the 1929 part-talkie film version of Show Boat, her next-to-last film roles and one of her few sound films.
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  • 1927
    Age 30
    By late 1927, Rubens' drug addiction had severely impacted her career as she was frequently admitted to sanitarium for treatment for months at a time.
    Her final film for Fox was 1927's Heart of Salome, after which she decided to work freelance.
  • 1926
    Age 29
    Rubens third and final marriage was to actor Ricardo Cortez, whom she married on January 30, 1926 in Riverside, California.
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  • 1925
    Age 28
    From 1925 to 1926, she worked for Fox Film Corporation.
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  • 1924
    Age 27
    They separated in late 1924 and Rubens filed for divorce in January 1925.
    In 1924, she starred in The Price She Paid for Columbia Pictures Corporation and had a supporting role in the Associated First National production Cytherea.
  • 1923
    Age 26
    In November 1923, she married Dr. Daniel Carson Goodman, an author and film producer.
    Her final film for Cosmopolitan Productions was the historical drama Under the Red Robe, in 1923.
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  • 1922
    Age 25
    Rubens returned to the screen in 1922 with roles in Find the Woman and The Valley of Silent Men.
  • 1921
    Age 24
    By 1921, Rubens had developed an addiction to heroin after she was prescribed morphine by a doctor for a physical ailment.
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  • 1920
    Age 23
    In 1920, Rubens signed with William Randolph Hearst's Cosmopolitan Productions.
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  • 1918
    Age 21
    Rubens married three times. Her first marriage was to actor Franklyn Farnum, nearly twenty years her senior, in June 1918. Rubens and Farnum were married secretly and separated about two months later. According to Rubens' divorce petition, Farnum physically abused her and once dislocated her jaw. Their divorce was finalized in December 1919.
    In 1918, she announced that she was changing the spelling of her last name of Rueben to "Rubens" because it caused too much confusion in the movie industry and in publications.
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  • 1916
    Age 19
    In 1916, Rubens signed with Triangle Film Corporation.
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    She quickly rose to stardom in 1916 after appearing opposite Douglas Fairbanks in The Half Breed.
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  • 1897
    Age 0
    Born on February 19, 1897.
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