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Aileen Pringle

Aileen Pringle's favorite film was a mid-1920s silent based on a book by Elinor Glyn: Three Weeks (1924), sort of a "Lady Chatterly's Lover". She recalled in a 1980 telephone conversation: "The film was in good taste; some people thought the book was trashy". Anita Loos wrote in "A Girl Like I", the first volume of her autobiography, vaudeville comic Joe Frisco telling Glynn: "Leave me get this straight. You want to find some tramp that don't look like a tramp, to play that English tramp in your picture. But take it from me, that kind of tramp don't hang out in Hollywood". Aileen had spent her 20s married to Charles McKenzie Pringle, the son of Sir John Pringle, a Jamaica landowner and a member of the Privy and Legislative Councils of Jamaica. Aileen lived in Jamaica until she went on stage with George Arliss. When she began divorce proceedings against Pringle in 1926, Hollywood gossip columnists speculated she would marry H.L. Mencken. She did not remarry until 1944 when she became the bride of James M. Cain, author of "The Postman Always Rings Twice". I opened my 1980 telephone conversation with Aileen by mentioning that the day before I had been reading her correspondence with Mencken at the New York Public Library. "But all the letters were destroyed", she said. I knew that Mencken had asked for all of his letters to her back at the time he became engaged to Sara Haardt. Aileen was the only woman who received such a request from Mencken at that time. "It was your letters from the late '30s and '40s I was reading", I told Aileen. "In one of them Mencken was urging you to write a book. Did you ever finish it?" "No. I got married instead." In a 1946 letter she wrote to Mencken. "If I had remained married to that psychotic Cain, I would be wearing a straitjacket instead of the New Look." Date of Death 16 December 1989, New York City, New York

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Jul 23, 1895 In San Francisco, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Earthbound 1920-08-10
Latest Project:
Movie Laura 1944-10-11
Known For
Poster of The Hardys Ride High
Poster of She's No Lady
Poster of Police Court
Poster of Night Parade
Movie Laura Woman (uncredited) 1944-10-11
Movie Since You Went Away Woman at Cocktail Lounge (uncredited) 1944-06-30
Movie Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case Chaperon 1943-05-08
Movie Happy Land Mrs. Prentiss 1943-11-10
Movie Between Us Girls Nightclub Patron 1942-09-04
Movie Appointment for Love Nurse Gibbons (uncredited) 1941-10-31
Movie They Died with Their Boots On Mrs. Sharp (uncredited) 1941-11-20
Movie The Hardys Ride High Miss Booth 1939-04-21
Movie Calling Dr. Kildare Mrs. Thatcher (uncredited) 1939-04-28
Movie Should a Girl Marry? Mrs. White 1939-06-07
Movie The Women Miss Carter the Saleslady (uncredited) 1939-09-01
Movie Too Hot to Handle Mrs. Arthur MacArthur (uncredited) 1938-09-16
Movie The Last of Mrs. Cheyney Lady Maria Frinton 1937-02-19
Movie John Meade's Woman Mrs. Melton 1937-02-26
Movie Thanks for Listening Lulu 1937-07-12
Movie Nothing Sacred Mrs. Bullock (uncredited) 1937-11-25
Movie She's No Lady Mrs. Douglas 1937-08-20
Movie Wife vs. Secretary Mrs. Anne Barker (uncredited) 1936-02-28
Movie The Unguarded Hour Diana Roggers 1936-04-10
Movie Wanted: Jane Turner Norris' Secretary (uncredited) 1936-12-04
Movie Piccadilly Jim Paducah Pomeroy 1936-08-14
Movie Vanessa: Her Love Story Herries Servant 1935-03-01
Movie Sons of Steel Enid Chadburne 1934-12-14
Movie Jane Eyre Lady Blanche Ingram 1934-08-15
Movie By Appointment Only Diane Manners 1933-07-06
Movie Police Court Diana McCormick 1932-02-19
Movie The Phantom of Crestwood Mrs. Walcott 1932-10-14
Movie The Age of Consent Barbara 1932-08-19
Movie Murder at Midnight Esme Kennedy 1931-09-01
Movie Convicted Claire Norville 1931-11-01
Movie Soldiers and Women Brenda Ritchie 1930-04-30
Movie Puttin' on the Ritz Mrs. Teddy Van Rennsler 1930-03-01
Movie Prince of Diamonds Eve Marley 1930-03-26
Movie Night Parade Paula Vernoff 1929-10-27
Movie Wall Street Ann Tabor 1929-12-01
Movie Dream of Love The Duchess 1928-12-01
Movie The Baby Cyclone Lydia 1928-09-26
Movie Life in Hollywood No. 7 Herself 1927-08-25
Movie Body and Soul Hilda 1927-10-01
Movie Adam and Evil 1927-08-27
Movie Camille: The Fate of a Coquette Unknown 1926-01-01
Movie The Great Deception Lois 1926-07-26
Movie Tin Gods Janet Stone 1926-09-19
Movie A Kiss in the Dark Janet Livingstone 1925-04-06
Movie 1925 Studio Tour Herself 1925-04-09
Movie The Mystic Zara 1925-09-26
Movie A Thief in Paradise Rosa Carmino 1925-06-18
Movie Name the Man Isabelle 1924-01-27
Movie Three Weeks The Queen 1924-02-10
Movie True As Steel Mrs. Eva Boutelle 1924-04-20
Movie His Hour Unknown 1924-09-29
Movie The Christian Lady Robert Ure 1923-01-14
Movie Souls for Sale Lady Jane 1923-04-22
Movie The Tiger's Claw Chameli Brentwood 1923-04-22
Movie My American Wife Hortensia deVereta 1922-12-31
Movie Earthbound Unknown 1920-08-10
Movie Stolen Moments Inez Salles 1920-12-08