Saturday, January 2, 2010


To financially help her family, Love's mother sent her to Biograph Studios, where she met film director D.W. Griffith. He gave her small roles in his films The Birth of a Nation (1915) and in Intolerance (1916). She also appeared opposite William S. Hat in The Aryan and with Douglas Fairbanks in The Good Bad Man, Reggie Mixes In, and The Mystery of the Leaping Fish (all 1916). She performed the Charleston in the movie The King on Main Street (1925). That same year she starred in The Lost World, a science fiction adventure based on the novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Three years later she starred in The Matinee Idol, a romantic comedy directed by Frank Capra.

Fun Facts:
Wrote the play "The Homecoming" in 1958.

Worked for the Red Cross during WWII.

Sister-in-law of Howard Hawks and Kenneth Hawks, cousin-in-law of Carole Lombard.

1 comment:

  1. Dawn, thank you for posting such beautiful photos of Bessie Love, an actress that I believe is underrated. Love gave a great performance in The Matinee Idol and The Broadway Melody, which she received an Academy Award nomination. I loved the movie clip you added too.


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