Billie Dove

Actor, Model, Showgirl
One of the loveliest actresses of the silent screen, Billie Dove never became a superstar like Greta Garbo or Clara Bow, but her 12-year career, consisting of 36 silent films and 12 talkies, gained her many devoted fans ... Read more »
Born: 05/14/1903 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (12)

A Notorious Affair (Movie)

Patricia Hanley Gherardi (Actor)

An Affair of the Follies (Movie)

Tamara (Actor)

Cock of the Air (Movie)

Lilli de Rousseau (Actor)

Kid Boots (Movie)

Polly Pendleton (Actor)

Madness of Youth (Movie)

Nanette Banning (Actor)

The Age for Love (Movie)

Jean Hurd (Actor)

The Light of Western Stars (Movie)

Madeline Hammond (Actor)

The Lone Wolf Returns (Movie)

Marcia Mayfair (Actor)

The Lucky Horseshoe (Movie)

Eleanor Hunt (Actor)

The Stolen Bride (Movie)

Sari, Countess Thurzo (Actor)

Wanderer of the Wasteland (Movie)

Ruth Virey (Actor)

Wild Horse Mesa (Movie)

Sue Melberne (Actor)

Biography

One of the loveliest actresses of the silent screen, Billie Dove never became a superstar like Greta Garbo or Clara Bow, but her 12-year career, consisting of 36 silent films and 12 talkies, gained her many devoted fans and a place in history as a reliable, charming leading lady. With her ivory skin and dark hair and eyes, the native New Yorker took the name Billie Dove in her early teens and began working as an artist's model and film extra. Florenz Ziegfeld snapped her up for his "Follies" in 1917, where she remained through 1919 (also appearing in Ziegfeld's rooftop "Midnight Frolics").

Relationships

Charles Bohny

Father
born in Switzerland moved to USA in 1890s

Bertha Bohny

Mother
born in Switzerland moved to USA in 1890s

Charles Bohny

Brother
older

Howard Hughes Producer

Companion
together 1929-32 died in 1976

Robert Kenaston

Husband

Gail Kenaston

Daughter
adopted in 1937 formerly married to actor Paul Bertoya and executive Merv Adelson survived Dove died on February 15, 1999

Robert Kenaston

Son
born in 1934 deceased

Gordon Kenaston

Grandson
survived her

John Miller

Husband
Briefly married in 1973 Divorced

Irvin Willat

Husband

EDUCATION

Eastman-Gaines Business School

New York, New York
attended briefly as a teenager

Milestones

1962

Won jingle contest for film "Gidget Goes Hawaiian" and made cameo appearance in "Diamond Head"

1934

Sued by actress Ruth Roland, who was bitten by Dove's dog (Roland won $25,000)

1933

Last starring film, "Blondie of the Follies"

1929

Made talkie debut in "Careers"

1926

Had huge success as Douglas Fairbanks' leading lady in color film "The Black Pirate"

1921

First starring film role, in "Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford"

1917

Debuted in "Ziegfeld Follies" and "Midnight Frolics"

1913

Worked as model and film extra (dates approximate)

Turned down role of Belle Watling in "Gone With the Wind"

Bonus Trivia

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On her retirement: "I was still in my twenties. I thought I had attained everything I wanted to attain, and I wanted to do like other people. I wanted a family. I had seen some of the other girls try to hang onto their careers after they had started to slide. I vowed that would never happen to me."

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