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Talkies pioneer Kent dead at 103

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Oct 20, 2011 | 1:15pm EDT

She was one of the first silver screen stars to transition into Hollywood 'talkies' in the 1920s and starred opposite funnyman Harold Lloyd in the comedies Welcome Danger and Feet First.

Born Barbara Cloutman in Gadsby, Canada, in 1907, she was a teenager when she signed a contract with Universal Pictures and adopted the stage name Kent.

She starred opposite Greta Garbo in 1926's Flesh and the Devil and appeared in William Wyler's The Shakedown - one of the first silent movies to feature spoken word sound.

In 1929, she was cast opposite Lloyd in his first talkie, Welcome Danger.

Kent also appeared onscreen with Edward G. Robinson in Night Ride and Gloria Swanson.

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