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Blanche Sweet

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Actress Blanche Sweet was typically cast as the strong-willed heroine in silent films. She was a favorite of D.W. Griffith. Born in Chicago into a family of show people, she began her professional career as a dancer at age 4. A decade later, in 1909, Sweet, now a 14-year old stage veteran, debuted in films working for Biograph. Unlike other heroines of her time such as Lillian Gish and May Marsh, Sweet did not play fragile shrinking violets in constant need of salvation; instead she played confident and resourceful women who attempted to save themselves. Her most famous films, both directed by Griffith were The Lonedale Operator and Judith of Bethulia. She later went on to Lasky studios where she began working with Cecil B. DeMille and others, one of whom was Marshall Neilan. She married him in 1922, but, by 1929, they had divorced. She continued to be successful until the early thirties when she appeared in three talkies, and then retired to the stage. She married her stage costar Raymond Hackett in 1936. After he died in 1958, she returned to the screen one last time to play a bit part in the Danny Kaye movie The Five Pennies.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Before the Nickelodeon: The Early Cinema of Edwin S. Porter
  • Narrator
2006
No Score Yet Before the Nickelodeon: The Early Cinema of Edwin S. Porter
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet The Five Pennies
  • Bit
1959
No Score Yet The Silver Horde
  • Queenie
1930
No Score Yet Show Girl in Hollywood
  • Donny Harris/Mrs. Buelow
1930
No Score Yet Souls for Sale
  • Actor
1923
No Score Yet Anna Christie
  • Anna Christie
1923
No Score Yet That Girl Montana
  • Actor
1921
No Score Yet The Avenging Conscience: or 'Thou Shalt Not Kill'
  • His sweetheart
1914
No Score Yet Judith of Bethulia
  • Judith
1914
No Score Yet Home Sweet Home
  • The Wife
1914
No Score Yet A Sister's Love
  • Actor
1912
No Score Yet The Lonedale Operator
  • The Lonedale Operator
1911
No Score Yet A Corner in Wheat
  • Actor
1909

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