Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Miss Love is Confining Herself to the Production of Works of Established Literary Reputation -- February 3, 2015

Who’s Who on the Screen, 1920
I 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.
Here we see her entry in the  1920 Who's Who on the Screen. 


Bessie Love, star of Andrew J. Callaghan Productions, Inc., was born in Texas, but has lived in California most of her life.  She attended the Los Angeles High School from which she was graduated in June, 1920.  Failing health had compelled her to leave school before the completion of her course, but while working in motion pictures she pursued a course of home reading which enabled her to receive her diploma with her former classmates.  Miss Love is confining herself to the production of works of established literary reputation.  Among her most recent productions were "The Midlanders," and "Bennie May."  Her next vehicle will be the great Dickens novel, "The Old Curiosity Shop." 

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