Lillian Roth

Actor, Singer
Lillian Roth was an actress who had a successful Hollywood career. She appeared in small parts in films: she and her sister played Constance and Norma Talmadge as children; she also portrayed General Pershing's daughter ... Read more »
Born: 12/13/1910 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (9)

Boardwalk 1979 (Movie)

Ruth (Actor)

Communion 1978 (Movie)

Pathologist (Actor)

Ladies They Talk About 1932 (Movie)

Aunt Maggie (Actor)

Animal Crackers (Movie)

Arabella Rittenhouse (Actor)

Illusion (Movie)

Singer (Actor)

Paramount on Parade (Movie)

Guest Star (Actor)

Take a Chance (Movie)

Wanda Hill (Actor)

The Love Parade (Movie)

Lulu (Actor)

The Vagabond King (Movie)

Huguette (Actor)

Biography

Lillian Roth was an actress who had a successful Hollywood career. She appeared in small parts in films: she and her sister played Constance and Norma Talmadge as children; she also portrayed General Pershing's daughter in "Pershing's Crusade." In 1928, she appeared in Texas Guinan's revue and "Earl Carroll's Vanities." In 1916, she moved to New York (43rd Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues) from Boston. She had the ingenue lead in the first Ziegfeld show, "Midnight Frolics." Roth started her acting career landing roles in such films as "Illusion" (1929), "The Love Parade" (1929) and "Animal Crackers" (1930) with Groucho Marx. She also appeared in the musical comedy "Madam Satan" (1930) with Kay Johnson. She continued to work steadily in film throughout the thirties, appearing in "Paramount on Parade" (1930) with Iris Adrian, "Sea Legs" (1930) and the adaptation "The Vagabond King" (1930) with Dennis King. She also appeared in "Ladies They Talk About" (1933). Toward the end of her career, she tackled roles in the adaptation "Take a Chance" (1933) with James Dunn and the Linda Miller horror film "Communion" (1978). Roth last acted in the Ruth Gordon drama "Boardwalk" (1979). Roth's husband was Benjamin Shalleck. Roth passed away in May 1980 at the age of 70.

Relationships

Katie Silverman

Mother

Ann Roth

Sister
born 1913 acted with Roth as "Lillian Roth and Co." and "The Roth Kids" c. 1920-25

Arthur Rutstein

Father
born in Russia bought to Boston at age four worked at father's produce market, ushered at night, sold produce, greeting cards, men's clothing, stocks and bonds operated waffle shop

William Scott

Husband
married in April 1931 divorced after a year

Benjamin Shalleck

Husband
married on January 31, 1933

Milestones

1928

Appeared in Texas Guinan's revue and "Earl Carroll's Vanities"

1927

Introduced the songs "When the Red Red Robin Comes Bob Bob Bobbin' Along" and "Ain't She Sweet" on the vaudeville circuit

1925

First adult singing role in Chicago company of Shubert's risque "Artists and Models" revue (date approximate)

1919

First time name in lights for Broadway revue, "Shavings"; billed as "Broadway's Youngest Star"

1917

Broadway debut in "The Inner Man"; earned $1,500 per week (date approximate)

1917

Worked as an extra with her sister and mother at Sam Goldwyn Studios in Fort Lee, New Jersey

1916

First assignment in show business: at age five posed as Educational Pictures' screen trademark, a living statue holding a lamp of knowledge

1916

Moved to New York (43rd Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues) from Boston

Had the ingenue lead in the first Ziegfeld show, "Midnight Frolics"

Appeared in small parts in films: she and her sister played Constance and Norma Talmadge as children; she also portrayed General Pershing's daughter in "Pershing's Crusade"

Headliner with sister on the Keith vaudeville circuit; act billed as "Lillian Roth and Co.", Later as "The Roth Kids" from age 9 to 15 (date approximate)

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