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Lila Lee

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Lila Lee (born Augusta Wilhelmena Fredericka Appel, July 25, 1905 – November 13, 1973) was a prominent screen actress, primarily a leading lady, of the silent film and early sound film eras. In 1918, she was chosen for a film contract by Hollywood film mogul Jesse Lasky for Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, which later became Paramount Pictures. Her first feature, The Cruise of the Make-Believes, garnered the teenaged starlet much public acclaim and Lasky quickly sent Lee on an arduous publicity campaign. Critics lauded Lila for her wholesome persona and sympathetic character parts. Lee quickly rose to the ranks of leading lady and often starred opposite such matinee heavies as Conrad Nagel, Gloria Swanson, Wallace Reid, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, and Rudolph Valentino. Lee bore more than a slight resemblance to Ann Little, a former Paramount star and frequent Reid co-star who was leaving the film business and at this stage in her career an even stronger resemblance to Marguerite Clark. In 1922 Lee was cast as Carmen in the enormously popular film Blood and Sand, opposite matinee idol Rudolph Valentino and silent screen vamp Nita Naldi; Lee subsequently won the first WAMPAS Baby Stars award that year. Lee continued to be a highly popular leading lady throughout the 1920s and made scores of critically praised and widely watched films. As the Roaring Twenties drew to a close, Lee's popularity began to wane and Lee positioned herself for the transition to talkies. She is one of the few leading ladies of the silent screen whose popularity did not nosedive with the coming of sound. She went back to working with the major studios and appeared, most notably, in The Unholy Three, in 1930, opposite Lon Chaney Sr. in his only talkie. However, a series of bad career choices and bouts of recurring tuberculosis and alcoholism hindered further projects and Lee was relegated to taking parts in mostly grade B movies.

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Jul 25, 1905 In Union Hill, New Jersey, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Male and Female 1919-11-23
Latest Project:
Movie Kids 1995-07-28
Known For
Poster of Panic!
Poster of This Is Your Life
Poster of Two Wise Maids
Poster of Officer Thirteen
Movie Kids Girl at Party 1995-07-28
Movie Cottonpickin' Chickenpickers Viola Zickafoose 1967-01-01
Movie The Emperor's New Clothes Wringmouth 1966-01-01
Series Panic! Unknown 1957-03-05
Series This Is Your Life Unknown 1952-10-01
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
Movie Two Wise Maids Ethel Harriman 1937-02-15
Movie Nation Aflame Mona Franklin Burtis 1937-10-15
Movie The Ex-Mrs. Bradford Miss Prentiss, Bradford's Receptionist 1936-05-13
Movie Country Gentlemen Louise Heath 1936-11-08
Movie The People's Enemy Katherine Carr 1935-04-29
Movie Whirlpool Helen Rankin Morrison 1934-04-10
Movie In Love with Life Sharon 1934-05-11
Movie I Can't Escape Mae Nichols 1934-07-04
Movie The Iron Master Janet Stillman 1933-02-04
Movie Face in the Sky Sharon Hadley 1933-01-15
Movie The Intruder Connie Wayne 1933-03-13
Movie Unholy Love Jane Bradford 1932-06-08
Movie Radio Patrol Sue Kennedy 1932-06-02
Movie Exposure Doris Corbin 1932-08-20
Movie The Night of June 13 Trudie Morrow 1932-09-17
Movie Officer Thirteen Doris Dane 1932-12-15
Movie False Faces Georgia Rand 1932-10-12
Movie Woman Hungry Judith Temple 1931-04-04
Movie Misbehaving Ladies Princess Ellen 1931-04-16
Movie Second Wife Florence Wendell Fairchild 1930-02-09
Movie Double Cross Roads Mary Carlyle 1930-04-20
Movie Those Who Dance Nora Brady 1930-04-18
Movie The Gorilla Alice Denby 1930-11-02
Movie The Unholy Three Rosie O'Grady 1930-07-12
Movie Drag Dot 1929-07-21
Movie Dark Streets 1929-08-11
Movie Queen of the Night Clubs Bea Walters 1929-03-23
Movie Honky Tonk Beth 1929-08-31
Movie Show of Shows Performer in 'What Became of the Floradora Boys' Number 1929-11-21
Movie Flight Elinor 1929-09-14
Movie The Sacred Flame Unknown 1929-11-24
Movie Love, Live & Laugh Margharita 1929-11-02
Movie Just Married Victoire 1928-08-18
Movie The Adorable Cheat Marion Dorsey 1928-08-14
Movie Fashion News Self (1930) 1928-11-06
Movie The Black Pearl Eugenie Bromley 1928-12-18
Movie One Increasing Purpose Unknown 1927-01-02
Movie The New Klondike Evelyn Lane 1926-03-14
Movie The Midnight Girl Anna 1925-02-14
Movie Love's Whirlpool 1924-03-02
Movie Wandering Husbands Unknown 1924-04-20
Movie Homeward Bound Mary Brent 1923-07-29
Movie The Ne'er-Do-Well Chiquita 1923-04-29
Movie Woman-Proof Louise Halliday 1923-10-28
Movie The Wampas Baby Stars of 1922 1922-03-15
Movie The Fast Freight Elsie 1922-06-18
Movie The Dictator Juanita 1922-06-25
Movie The Ghost Breaker Maria Theresa, a Spanish Heiress 1922-09-10
Movie Blood and Sand Carmen 1922-08-05
Movie The Dollar-a-Year Man Peggy Bruce 1921-04-02
Movie Midsummer Madness Daisy Osborne 1921-01-23
Movie Crazy to Marry Annabelle Landis 1921-08-28
Movie Gasoline Gus Sal Jo Banty 1921-08-20
Movie After the Show Eileen 1921-10-30
Movie Terror Island Beverly West 1920-04-08
Movie The Soul of Youth Vera Hamilton 1920-08-15
Movie Male and Female Tweeny - the scullery maid 1919-11-23
Movie Hawthorne of the U.S.A. Princess Irma 1919-11-30