Bessie Love

Bessie Love

Highest Rated: 100% That's Entertainment! III (1994)

Lowest Rated: 35% The Broadway Melody (1929)

Birthday: Sep 10, 1898

Birthplace: Not Available

Love was born Juanita Horton. While still a Los Angeles high school student she began appearing in films in 1915. She was given her screen name by filmmaker D.W. Griffith. In 1916 she began appearing in lead roles opposite several major stars, and made a big impression as the Bride of Cana in Intolerance. Her subsequent career was a roller-coaster; each time she appeared to have broken through as a major star in a big film, she was cast in several forgettable ventures and had to start her way back up. Also, producers weren't sure how to cast her: at first she was an ingenue heroine; in the early '20s she played somber leads in melodramas; in the late '20s she was in light films. A footnote: in 1925 she introduced the Charleston to films in King on Main Street. She had several "comebacks," the most noteworthy of which was in the talkie musical The Broadway Melody. Successfully making the transition to sound, she proved herself to be a very talented song-and-dance star and received a Best Actress Oscar nomination. Once again very popular, she nevertheles appeared in few additional films, primarily because the films in which she was cast were of low quality. In 1931 she appeared at the New York Palace. In 1935 she moved to London, where she remained the rest of her life; after that her film work was sporadic, though it continued until the early '80s. During World War Two she served with the American Red Cross in England and worked as a film technician at Ealing Studios. Later in her life she did much stage work, starring in numerous plays; she also wrote the play The Homecoming (1958), designed to star herself.


Highest Rated Movies



100% That's Entertainment! III Actor 1994
52% The Hunger Lilybelle 1983
No Score Yet Lady Chatterley's Lover Flora 1982
90% Reds Mrs. Partlow 1981
92% Ragtime Old Lady 1981
No Score Yet Gulliver's Travels Actor 1977
56% The Ritz Maurine 1976
No Score Yet Vampyres American Lady 1974
No Score Yet Pollyanna Mrs. Snow 1973
No Score Yet Catlow Mrs. Frost 1971
94% Sunday Bloody Sunday Answering Service Lady 1971
82% On Her Majesty's Secret Service American Casino Guest 1969
71% Isadora (The Loves of Isadora) Mrs. Duncan 1969
No Score Yet I'll Never Forget What's'isname Actor 1968
No Score Yet Battle Beneath the Earth Matron 1968
No Score Yet The Poppy Is Also a Flower Actor 1966
No Score Yet Promise Her Anything Woman in Pet Shop 1964
75% Children of the Damned Actor 1963
No Score Yet Loss of Innocence American Tourist 1961
No Score Yet The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone Bunny 1961
No Score Yet Nowhere to Go Harriet P. Jefferson 1958
No Score Yet Story of Esther Costello Matron in Art Gallery 1957
100% The Barefoot Contessa Mrs. Eubanks 1954
No Score Yet Young and Willing (The Weak and the Wicked) Prisoner 1954
No Score Yet The Magic Box Bride's Mother Wedding Group 1952
No Score Yet No Highway in the Sky Actor 1951
No Score Yet Journey Together Mrs. Dean 1946
No Score Yet Sons of the Sea Begonia Baggot 1941
No Score Yet Morals for Women Helen Huston 1931
No Score Yet Big City Interlude Actor 1931
No Score Yet Chasing Rainbows Carlie Semour 1930
No Score Yet Good News Dixie O'Day 1930
No Score Yet They Learned About Women Mary Collins 1930
No Score Yet Conspiracy Margaret Holt 1930
40% The Hollywood Revue of 1929 Herself 1929
35% The Broadway Melody Hank Mahoney 1929
No Score Yet The Matinee Idol Ginger Bolivar 1928
No Score Yet Rubber Tires Actor 1927
No Score Yet Young April Actor 1926
100% The Lost World Miss Paula White 1925
No Score Yet Soul-Fire Teita 1925
No Score Yet The King of Main Street Gladys Humphries 1925
No Score Yet Souls for Sale Actor 1923
No Score Yet Village Blacksmith Rosemary Martin 1922
No Score Yet The Sea Lion Nymph 1921
97% Intolerance Bride of Cana 1916
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes: The Archive Collection Actor 1916
No Score Yet Reggie Mixes In Agnes, the Girl of the Slums 1916
98% The Birth of a Nation Piedmont girl 1915


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