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Bessie Love

Highest Rated:   100% That's Entertainment! III (1994)
Lowest Rated:   35% The Broadway Melody (1929)
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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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
100% That's Entertainment! III
  • Actor
1994
48% The Hunger
  • Lilybelle
1983
No Score Yet Lady Chatterley's Lover
  • Flora
1982
94% Reds
  • Mrs. Partlow
1981
90% Ragtime
  • Old Lady
1981
No Score Yet Gulliver's Travels
  • Actor
1977
50% 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
92% 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
  • Actor
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 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 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 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
100% The Birth of a Nation
  • Piedmont girl
1915

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