Vivacious silent-screen comedian Frances Lee was discovered on the vaudeville stage by comedy producer Al Christie, who signed both Frances and her partner, Billy Dooley, a comic known as "The Misfit Sailor." Christie apparently saw Lee as a replacement for his best known star, Dorothy Devore, who had just defected to Warner Bros. Although never in a league with Devore, Lee proved a fine foil for also-ran comics like Bobby Vernon and Neal Burns. Voted a 1927 WAMPAS Baby Star by the Hollywood publicists, Frances bore a striking resemblance to Paramount newcomer Nancy Carroll, a fact used to advantage in Chicken a la King (1928), but otherwise more of a hindrance. Carroll became a major star at the changeover to sound, whereas Lee continued in Christie two-reelers such as Confessions of a Chorus Girl. With apparently little future in mainstream talkies, Frances Lee left the screen in 1935 to marry Alexander Bennett, the brother of silent-screen stars Alma and Marjorie Bennett.