Thursday, January 28, 2010

ENID BENNETT- Silent Film Star.

Enid Bennett, started her silent film career performing in, Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford (1916. In 1917 she performed in five films, the most important was The Little Brother opposite William Garwood. That film brought her to the attention of studios which led to more important acting roles.

 From 1918 to 1921 she performed in 23 films, becoming a well known actress. In 1918 she married producer Fred Niblo, who produced the second film version of Ben Hur.

In 1922 she performed in 3 films, but one became her best known role, the female lead in, "Maid Marian" in Robin Hood with Douglas Fairbanks.

From 1923 to 1928 she performed in 10 films, her career began to slow down, because she wanted to have a family.

In 1929 her brother Alexander Bennett married actress Frances Lee. The wedding was attended by Gloria Swanson and Greta Garbo. That year Bennett performed in 1 film, Good Medicine, opposite Edward Everett Horton.

 She made a semi-successful transition to "talking films". From 1931 to 1941 she performed in 7 films, the last of which was uncredited. She retired with her family in Malibu, California.


Sister of actress Marjorie Bennett.

Sister of actress Catherine Bennett.

List of Enid Bennett Films:
Strike up the Band (1940)
Intermezzo (1939)
Meet Dr. Christian (1939)
Skippy (1931)
Sooky (1931)
Waterloo Bridge (1931)
Good Medicine (1929)
Wrong Mr. Wright (1927)
Woman's Heart (1926)
Fool's Awakening (1924)
Red Lily (1924)
The Sea Hawk (1924)
Bad Man (1923)
Strangers of the Night (1923)
The Courtship of Miles Standish (1923)
Your Friend and Mine (1923)


  1. I love the beautiful photos you posted of Enid Bennett. I remember seeing her in Waterloo Bridge (1931).

  2. Silent, I really want to see her perform in Red Lily and Robin Hood with Douglas Fairbanks.


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