Constance Bennett

Actor, Businesswoman
One of a trio of sisters who first brightened movie screens during the tail end of the silent era, Constance Bennett was considered to be the most beautiful of the Bennett siblings. The eldest of the girls, Constance ... Read more »
Born: 10/22/1904 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (12)

Madame X 1965 (Movie)

Estelle Anderson (Actor)

Always April 1960 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

It Should Happen to You 1953 (Movie)

TV Panelist (Actor)

As Young As You Feel 1950 (Movie)

(Actor)

Two-Faced Woman 1940 (Movie)

(Actor)

Topper Takes a Trip 1938 (Movie)

(Actor)

Merrily We Live 1937 (Movie)

(Actor)

Topper 1936 (Movie)

Marion Kerby (Actor)

After Office Hours 1934 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bed of Roses 1932 (Movie)

Lorry Evans (Actor)

What Price Hollywood? 1931 (Movie)

Mary Evans (Actor)

The Easiest Way 1930 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

One of a trio of sisters who first brightened movie screens during the tail end of the silent era, Constance Bennett was considered to be the most beautiful of the Bennett siblings. The eldest of the girls, Constance was followed by Barbara, who had the shortest career, and Joan, who was the most successful, but she was the first to really make her mark in Hollywood. She easily made the transition to talkies and quickly became a popular star in features for MGM, Warner Bros. and RKO, notably "What Price Hollywood?" (1932) and "Bed of Roses" (1933). While not among the most gifted actresses of her generation, Bennett was an able comedienne and more than competent when it came to the sort of dramatic plotlines she was assigned. Additionally, she was simply stunning to look at with her trademark slim figure and eye-catching blonde pageboy. The New York City native was also a tough negotiator who refused to be pushed around by the men in her life. "Topper" (1937) and "Two-Faced Woman" (1941) provided enjoyable showcases for her comic talents, but by the time the latter hit theatres, Bennett's career was starting to decline and it eventually took a backseat to other pursuits in her life. Although sibling Joan ultimately had the longer and brighter career, Constance Bennett made the most of her time in the upper echelon of Hollywood and still impressed viewers decades later with her seemingly effortless beauty and sophistication.

Relationships

Richard Bennett

Father
born in 1873 died in 1944 divorced from Adrienne Morrison in 1925

Barbara Bennett

Sister
born in 1906 died in 1958

Joan Bennett

Sister
born in 1910 died in 1990

Theron Coulter

Husband
Married from 1946 until her death 1965

Henri De La Falaise

Husband

Chester Moorehead

Husband
Briefly married in 1921 Marriage annulled 1923

Adrienne Morrison

Mother
born in 1883 died in 1940 divorced from Richard Bennett in 1925

Lewis Morrison

Grandfather
born in 1845 died in 1906 famed for role of Mephistopheles in "Faust" maternal grandfather

Phillip Plant

Husband

Robert Plant

Son
born c. 1929 survived her

Gilbert Roland Actor

Husband

Christina Roland

Daughter
born in December 1941 survived her

Lorinda Roland

Daughter
survived her

Rose Wood

Grandmother
born in 1845 died in 1932 popular 19th-century ingenue descended from English theatrical family maternal grandmother

Milestones

1966

Last film, "Madame X"

1948

Formed Bennett Productions to make "Smart Woman" (also actress)

1944

First film as producer (also actress), "Paris Underground"

1940

Stage debut in Noel Coward's "Easy Virtue"

1937

Co-starred with Cary Grant as the ghostly George and Marian Kerby in her best-remembered film, "Topper"

1933

Last film under RKO contract, "After Tonight"; begins free-lancing

1922

After a bit in "Reckless Youth," began acting career in "Evidence"

1915

Had bit part in medium-length film, "The Valley of Decision," directed by father Richard Bennett

Achieved leading lady status in the mid-1920s but left after several years when she married

Returned to Hollywood after being divorced; became popular star under contract to RKO in 1929

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