Sunday, March 31, 2019

Love-Joy Scenes -- March 31, 2019

Moving Picture World, 01-March-1919
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.

Moving Picture World, 22-March-1919
The Wishing Ring Man was based on a novel by Margaret Widdemer.

Moving Picture World, 08-March-1919
"Would you Call These Love-Joy Scenes? Yes, if you were a man wishing to ring in the star of Vitagraph's 'Wishing Ring Man,' with lovely Bessie Love in the joyous role of 'Joy.'"

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