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Blanche Sweet

From Wikipedia Sarah Blanche Sweet (June 18, 1896 – September 6, 1986) was an American silent film actress who began her career in the earliest days of the Hollywood motion picture film industry. Sweet is renowned for her energetic, independent roles, at variance with the 'ideal' Griffith type of vulnerable, often fragile, femininity. After many starring roles, her first real landmark film was the 1911 Griffith thriller The Lonedale Operator. In 1913 she starred in Griffith's first feature-length movie, Judith of Bethulia. In 1914 Sweet was initially cast by Griffith in the part of Elsie Stoneman in his epic The Birth of a Nation but the role was eventually given to rival actress Lillian Gish, who was Sweet's senior by three years. That same year Sweet parted ways with Griffith and joined Paramount (then Famous Players-Lasky) for the much higher pay that studio was able to afford. Throughout the 1910s, Sweet continued her career appearing in a number of highly prominent roles in films and remained a publicly popular leading lady. She often starred in vehicles by Cecil B. DeMille and Marshall Neilan, and she was recognised by leading film critics of the time to be one of the foremost actresses of the entire silent era. It was during her time working with Neilan that the two began a publicized affair, which brought on his divorce from former actress Gertrude Bambrick. Sweet and Neilan married in 1922. The union ended in 1929 with Sweet charging that Neilan was a persistent adulterer. During the early 1920s Sweet's career continued to prosper, and she starred in the first film version of Anna Christie in 1923. The film is also notable as being the first Eugene O'Neill play to be made into a motion picture. In successive years, she starred in Tess of the D'Urbervilles and The Sporting Venus, both directed by Neilan. Sweet soon began a new career phase as one of the newly formed MGM studio's biggest stars. Sweet made just three talking pictures, including her critically lauded performance in 1930's Show Girl in Hollywood, before retiring from the screen that same year and marrying stage actor Raymond Hackett in 1935. The marriage lasted until Hackett's death in 1958. Sweet spent the remainder of her performing career in radio and in secondary Broadway stage roles. Eventually, her career in both of these fields petered out, and she began working in a Los Angeles department store. In the late 1960s, her acting legacy was resurrected when film scholars invited her to Europe to receive recognition for her work. On September 24, 1984, a tribute to Blanche Sweet was held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Miss Sweet introduced her 1925 film, The Sporting Venus. Sweet died in New York City of a stroke, on September 6, 1986, just weeks after her 90th birthday.


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Born:
Jun 18, 1896 In Chicago - Illinois - USA
Movie/TV Credits:
43
First Appeared:
In the movie The Day After 1909-12-30
Latest Project:
Movie Before the Nickelodeon: The Cinema of Edwin S. Porter 1982-01-01
Known For

Blanche Sweet Movies Filmography

Movie
Before the Nickelodeon: The Cinema of Edwin S. Porter
Narrator (voice) 1982-01-01
Series
Hollywood
1980-01-08
Movie
Twenty Years After
1944-01-01
Movie
The Silver Horde
Queenie 1930-10-24
Movie
Show Girl in Hollywood
Donny Harris 1930-04-20
Movie
The Woman Racket
Julia 1930-01-24
Movie
Always Faithful
Mrs. George W. Mason 1929-12-29
Movie
Fashion News
1928-11-06
Movie
Bluebeard's Seven Wives
Juliet 1926-01-13
Movie
His Supreme Moment
Carla King 1925-04-12
Movie
The Sporting Venus
Lady Gwendolyn 1925-04-12
Movie
Why Women Love
Molla Hansen 1925-10-18
Movie
Anna Christie
Anna Christie 1923-11-24
Movie
Souls for Sale
Herself - Celebrity Actress (uncredited) 1923-04-22
Movie
That Girl Montana
Montana Rivers 1921-01-31
Movie
The Deadlier Sex
1920-03-28
Movie
The Hushed Hour
1919-05-18
Movie
The Case of Becky
Dorothy/Becky 1915-09-13
Movie
The Captive
Sonya Matinovich 1915-04-22
Movie
The Warrens of Virginia
Agatha Warren 1915-02-14
Movie
Strongheart
Dorothy Nelson, Frank's Sister 1914-03-08
Movie
Home, Sweet Home
The Wife 1914-05-16
Movie
The Avenging Conscience: or 'Thou Shalt Not Kill'
His Sweetheart 1914-08-02
Movie
Judith of Bethulia
Judith 1914-03-08
Movie
Oil and Water
1913-02-10
Movie
The Painted Lady
The Older Sister 1912-11-24
Movie
A Temporary Truce
Alice, the Prospector;s Wife 1912-06-10
Movie
The Lesser Evil
The Young Woman 1912-04-28
Movie
One Is Business, the Other Crime
Rich Wife 1912-04-24
Movie
The Massacre
Stephen's Ward 1912-02-25
Movie
For His Son
The Son's Fiancée 1912-01-21
Movie
The Eternal Mother
Martha, the Wife 1912-01-10
Movie
The Primal Call
1911-06-21
Movie
The Lonedale Operator
Daughter of the Lonedale Operator 1911-03-23
Movie
Enoch Arden: Part I
1911-06-12
Movie
Enoch Arden
Woman on the Beach 1911-06-15
Movie
The Battle
The boy's sweetheart 1911-11-06
Movie
A Country Cupid
Edith 1911-07-23
Movie
The Villain Foiled
Miss Page 1911-08-30
Movie
The Making of a Man
Young Woman 1911-10-04
Movie
The Long Road
Edith 1911-10-26
Movie
The Rocky Road
1910-01-03
Movie
The Day After
1909-12-30

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