Monday, November 3, 2014

This Gifted Girl -- November 3, 2014

Moving Picture Classic, September, 1923

 have always been fascinated by the career of actress Bessie Love.  She was born in Texas.  Her name was Juanita Horton.  Her family moved to Los Angeles and she went to Los Angeles High School.  Looking for work, she met director  DW Griffith and got a small part in Intolerance.  She appeared in movies with William S Hart and Douglas Fairbanks.  She was a 1922 WAMPAS (Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers) Baby Star.  She played many leading roles, most famously in The Lost World, but never broke through until the talkies came, when she starred in The Broadway Melody.  Her career was hot again for a few years, but then tailed off.  She continued to appear in small parts in movies until the early 1980s.

The image is from the September, 1923 Moving Picture Classic.   "This gifted girl has lingered in obscurity too long.  She was given a chance in a highly emotional role in 'The Eternal Three' and made a tremendous impression.  She has now one of the tragic roles in Mrs. Wallace Reid's picture 'Human Wreckage'."  Mrs Wallace Reid was Dorothy Davenport, who was an actress, writer and director.  After her husband died of drug addiction, she made Human Wreckage about drugs.  The film is lost. 

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