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Blanche Sweet

From Wikipedia Sarah Blanche Sweet (June 18, 1896 – September 6, 1986) was an American silent film actress who began her career in the earliest days of the Hollywood motion picture film industry. Sweet is renowned for her energetic, independent roles, at variance with the 'ideal' Griffith type of vulnerable, often fragile, femininity. After many starring roles, her first real landmark film was the 1911 Griffith thriller The Lonedale Operator. In 1913 she starred in Griffith's first feature-length movie, Judith of Bethulia. In 1914 Sweet was initially cast by Griffith in the part of Elsie Stoneman in his epic The Birth of a Nation but the role was eventually given to rival actress Lillian Gish, who was Sweet's senior by three years. That same year Sweet parted ways with Griffith and joined Paramount (then Famous Players-Lasky) for the much higher pay that studio was able to afford. Throughout the 1910s, Sweet continued her career appearing in a number of highly prominent roles in films and remained a publicly popular leading lady. She often starred in vehicles by Cecil B. DeMille and Marshall Neilan, and she was recognised by leading film critics of the time to be one of the foremost actresses of the entire silent era. It was during her time working with Neilan that the two began a publicized affair, which brought on his divorce from former actress Gertrude Bambrick. Sweet and Neilan married in 1922. The union ended in 1929 with Sweet charging that Neilan was a persistent adulterer. During the early 1920s Sweet's career continued to prosper, and she starred in the first film version of Anna Christie in 1923. The film is also notable as being the first Eugene O'Neill play to be made into a motion picture. In successive years, she starred in Tess of the D'Urbervilles and The Sporting Venus, both directed by Neilan. Sweet soon began a new career phase as one of the newly formed MGM studio's biggest stars. Sweet made just three talking pictures, including her critically lauded performance in 1930's Show Girl in Hollywood, before retiring from the screen that same year and marrying stage actor Raymond Hackett in 1935. The marriage lasted until Hackett's death in 1958. Sweet spent the remainder of her performing career in radio and in secondary Broadway stage roles. Eventually, her career in both of these fields petered out, and she began working in a Los Angeles department store. In the late 1960s, her acting legacy was resurrected when film scholars invited her to Europe to receive recognition for her work. On September 24, 1984, a tribute to Blanche Sweet was held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Miss Sweet introduced her 1925 film, The Sporting Venus. Sweet died in New York City of a stroke, on September 6, 1986, just weeks after her 90th birthday.

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Jun 18, 1896 In Chicago - Illinois - USA
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In the movie A Corner in Wheat 1909-12-13
Known For
Movie Disclosure Judith (archive footage)
Movie Before the Nickelodeon: The Cinema of Edwin S. Porter Narrator (voice)
Series Hollywood
Movie Twenty Years After
Movie The Silver Horde Queenie
Movie Show Girl in Hollywood Donny Harris
Movie The Woman Racket Julia
Movie Always Faithful Mrs. George W. Mason
Movie Fashion News
Movie Singed
Movie Bluebeard's Seven Wives Juliet
Movie Why Women Love Molla Hansen
Movie The Sporting Venus Lady Gwendolyn
Movie His Supreme Moment Carla King
Movie Anna Christie Anna Christie
Movie Souls for Sale Herself - Celebrity Actress (uncredited)
Movie That Girl Montana Montana Rivers
Movie The Deadlier Sex
Movie A Woman of Pleasure Alice Dane
Movie The Unpardonable Sin
Movie The Hushed Hour
Movie The Evil Eye Dr. Katherine Torrance
Movie The Ragamuffin Jenny
Movie The Captive Sonya Matinovich
Movie The Warrens of Virginia Agatha Warren
Movie The Case of Becky Dorothy/Becky
Movie The Secret Sin
Movie The Little Country Mouse Dorothy
Movie The Tear That Burned Meg - the Wild Girl
Movie The Avenging Conscience His Sweetheart
Movie Home, Sweet Home The Wife
Movie Judith of Bethulia Judith
Movie Strongheart Dorothy Nelson, Frank's Sister
Movie Three Friends The Wife
Movie Oil and Water
Movie Love in an Apartment Hotel The Young Woman
Movie A Chance Deception The Wife
Movie Two Men of the Desert The Authoress
Movie Broken Ways The Road Agent's Wife
Movie The Lesser Evil The Young Woman
Movie The Eternal Mother Martha, the Wife
Movie For His Son The Son's Fiancée
Movie The Transformation of Mike The Tenement Girl
Movie One Is Business, the Other Crime Rich Wife
Movie A Temporary Truce Alice, the Prospector;s Wife
Movie With the Enemy's Help The Prospector's Wife
Movie The Painted Lady The Older Sister
Movie A Sailor’s Heart The Sailor's Second Sweetheart
Movie The Massacre Stephen's Ward
Movie The God Within The Woman of the Camp
Movie A Country Cupid Edith
Movie His Daughter
Movie The Lonedale Operator Daughter of the Lonedale Operator
Movie Enoch Arden: Part I
Movie Enoch Arden Woman on the Beach
Movie The Primal Call
Movie Fighting Blood
Movie Love in the Hills The Mountain Girl
Movie The Last Drop of Water Mary
Movie The Villain Foiled Miss Page
Movie The Making of a Man Young Woman
Movie The Long Road Edith
Movie The Battle The boy's sweetheart
Movie Through Darkening Vales Grace
Movie The Miser's Heart
Movie A Flash of Light
Movie All on Account of the Milk The Maid
Movie The Rocky Road
Movie The Day After
Movie To Save Her Soul Stage Dancer
Movie A Corner in Wheat