Helen Twelvetrees

Actor
Blonde American leading lady fairly popular in a series of mostly mediocre melodramas at RKO in the early 1930s. Sometimes wisecracking but more often delicate and wistful, Twelvetrees appeared in two landmark early ... Read more »
Born: 12/25/1908 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (13)

A Woman of Experience 1930 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Bedtime Story (Movie)

Sally (Actor)

Blue Skies (Movie)

(Actor)

Disgraced (Movie)

Gay Holloway (Actor)

Her Man (Movie)

Frankie (Actor)

Hollywood Roundup (Movie)

Carol Stevens (Actor)

Millie (Movie)

Millie (Actor)

My Woman (Movie)

Connie Riley (Actor)

State's Attorney (Movie)

June Perry (Actor)

The Cat Creeps (Movie)

Annabelle West (Actor)

The Spanish Cape Mystery (Movie)

Stella Godfrey (Actor)

Unashamed (Movie)

Jean Ogden (Actor)

Unmarried (Movie)

Pat Rogers (Actor)

Biography

Blonde American leading lady fairly popular in a series of mostly mediocre melodramas at RKO in the early 1930s. Sometimes wisecracking but more often delicate and wistful, Twelvetrees appeared in two landmark early talkies directed by Tay Garnett: the enjoyable waterfront melodrama "Her Man" (1930) and the cult gangster film, "Bad Company" (1931). Some of her other better or more typical credits include "Millie" (1931), "Panama Flo" (1932), "Is My Face Red?" (1932) and "Bedtime Story" (1933, opposite Maurice Chevalier). From 1933 on she worked for a variety of studios, but by the middle of the decade, with the passing of the vogue for "confession" tearjerkers which had been her specialty, her modest if genuine star status had almost completely vanished. Later in the decade her screen career did not regain momentum after a period away from the camera. Twelvetrees acted occasionally onstage thereafter, most notably as Blanche DuBois with a road company of "A Streetcar Named Desire", until her death by suicide in 1958.

Relationships

Conrad Payne

Husband
Married until her death 1958

Clark Twelvetrees

Husband

Jack Woody Actor

Husband

EDUCATION

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York

Milestones

1939

Last films, "Unmarried" and "Persons in Hiding"

1933

Left RKO; made most of her subsequent films for Paramount, Universal and Fox (date approximate)

1930

Signed with Pathe (absorbed by RKO in 1931); earliest films there include "The Grand Parade" and "Her Man"

1929

Earliest screen credits include "Blue Skies", "The Ghost Talks" and "Words and Music"

Gained some acting experience on the stage in the late 1920s

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