Bebe Daniels

Actor, Screenwriter
A child star during the silent era who blossomed into a mature comedic and dramatic performer, Bebe Daniels made the rare smooth transition into talkies, only to retire from Hollywood in the mid-1930s while still in her ... Read more »
Born: 01/14/1901 in Dallas, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (26)

42nd Street 1932 (Movie)

Dorothy Brock (Actor)

The Affairs of Anatol 1921 (Movie)

Satan Synne (Actor)

Why Change Your Wife? 1919 (Movie)

Sally Clark (Actor)

Alias French Gertie (Movie)

Marie (Actor)

Cocktail Hour (Movie)

Cynthia Warren (Actor)

Dangerous Money (Movie)

Adele Clark (Actor)

Daring Youth (Movie)

Anita Allen (Actor)

Dixiana (Movie)

Dixiana (Actor)

Everywoman (Movie)

(Actor)

Glimpses of the Moon (Movie)

Susan Branch (Actor)

Heritage of the Desert (Movie)

Mescal (Actor)

Love Comes Along (Movie)

Peggy (Actor)

Miss Bluebeard (Movie)

Colette Girard (Actor)

Monsieur Beaucaire (Movie)

Princess Henriette (Actor)

My Past (Movie)

Doree (Actor)

Nice People (Movie)

Theodora "Teddy" Gloucester (Actor)

North of the Rio Grande (Movie)

Val Hannon (Actor)

Rainbow Island (Movie)

(Actor)

Registered Nurse (Movie)

Sylvia Benton (Actor)

Rio Rita (Movie)

Rita Ferguson (Actor)

She Loves Me Not (Movie)

(Actor)

Silver Dollar (Movie)

Lily Owens (Actor)

Take a Chance (Movie)

(Actor)

The Campus Flirt (Movie)

Patricia Mansfield (Actor)

The Manicure Girl (Movie)

Maria Maretti (Actor)

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Movie)

Dorothy (Actor)

Biography

A child star during the silent era who blossomed into a mature comedic and dramatic performer, Bebe Daniels made the rare smooth transition into talkies, only to retire from Hollywood in the mid-1930s while still in her prime. Daniels made her film debut at just four years old and was a star by the time she played Dorothy Gale in "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" (1910), the earliest surviving adaptation of L. Frank Baum's novel. She later worked with star and lover Harold Lloyd on his Lonesome Luke series in the late-teens, before becoming a star at Paramount Pictures during the 1920s. She made a number of popular hits during the decade including "Why Change Your Wife?" (1920), "Affairs of Anatol" (1921), "Daring Youth" (1924) and "Monsieur Beaucaire" (1924), starring Rudolph Valentino. Following hits like "Miss Brewster's Millions" (1926) and "She's a Sheik" (1927), Daniels was dropped by Paramount at the beginning of the sound era. But she made a number of hits after making the transition, starring or co-starring in "Rio Rita" (1929), "Reaching for the Moon" (1931), "The Maltese Falcon" (1931), "Counsellor at Law" (1933) and the classic musical "42nd Street" (1933). She left Hollywood for London in 1935, where she and her husband, actor Ben Lyon, had successful careers on stage and screen, while becoming national heroes for entertaining audiences during The Blitz of World War II. Though not well-remembered by modern audiences, Daniels undoubtedly left an indelible mark during her time in Hollywood.

Relationships

Daughter
survived her

Son
survived her

John Gilbert Actor

Companion

Ben Lyon Actor

Husband
Married June 14, 1930 until her death March 1971

Milestones

1963

Suffered serious stroke

1956

Made last film, "The Lyons in Paris"

1936

London stage acting debut

1929

Made first talkie, "Rio Rita"

1928

Fired by Paramount

1921

Served ten days in jail for speeding

1919

Signed by Paramount

1910

First film as actress "The Common Enemy"

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