Louise Fazenda (1895-1962)

Entering films in 1913, bubbly actress Louise Fazenda, born in Lafayette, Indiana on June 17th, 1895, evolved into a very popular comedienne and later proved herself a gifted character actress as well. Her father was a merchandise broker who moved the family to Los Angeles when Louise was young. Louise was not a dreamer, just a normal, lively girl, and she had no plans for a show business career at first. She attended Los Angeles High School and St. Mary’s Convent. One Christmas holiday she decided she needed some extra pocket money and a friend suggested she try show business. As a result she obtained a little work in stock and then at Universal’s Joker comedy division as an extra. She found the work fascinated her and she continued to enjoy its novelty. By 1915 she was doing increasingly notable work in comedy for Mack Sennett and Keystone Studios. Her co-star at Sennett in the early days was Mabel Normand, who was romantically involved with Mack Sennett. Whenever Mabel complained that she wanted better roles Mack would simply say “Ok, then I’ll send for Fazenda.” That usually kept Mabel in line.

Louise even branched out into drama occasionally, portraying prominent roles in films like “The Kitchen Lady” (1918), “Down On The Farm” (1920), and “The Beautiful and the Damned” (1922) and “Main Street” (1923), the latter two for Warner Brothers studio. Her best known character was her humorous country bumpkin girl, featuring a costume of spit curls, pigtails, and a calico dress. Her energetic talents were used in early musicals and flapper films, as well as slapstick comedies. Louise experienced a smooth transition to the sound era, and continued making films for studios like Warner Brothers, Paramount, and M-G-M until 1939, when she retired, becoming a philanthropist and an art collector. Louise was married twice, once to director Noel Smith from 1917 till 1926, and then to Warner Brothers producer Hal Wallis, with whom she had a son. Their marriage lasted from 1927 until Louise’s death from a cerebral hemorrhage on April 17th, 1962 in Beverly Hills, California. ~ Copyright 2004 www.goldensilents.com

Vintage Bio from “Who’s Who On The Screen” (1920): “Louise Fazenda, famous Mack Sennett comedienne, was born in Lafayette, Indiana and educated in Los Angeles. After a short season in stock she secured an emergency engagement with Universal, going from there to Keystone and Mack Sennett. Miss Fazenda scored notable success in “The Kentucky Lady,” “Her First Mistake,” “Her Screen Idol,” “The Village Chestnut,” “The Village Smithy,” “The Foolish Age,” “Hearts and Flowers,” “Treating ‘Em Rough,” “Back to the Kitchen,” and “Down on the Farm.” She is five feet, five inches tall, and weighs a hundred and thirty-eight pounds. Her hair is light and her eyes are blue. In spite of her remarkable characterizations of homely girls, Miss Fazenda is one of the screen’s most beautiful actresses.”

Louise Fazenda’s Silent Films

Riley the Cop (1928) …. Lena Krausmeyer
Outcast (1928) …. Mable
Terror, The (1928/II) …. Mrs. Elvery
Heart to Heart (1928) …. Aunt Katie Boyd
Five and Ten Cent Annie (1928) …. Annie
… aka Ambitious Annie (1928)
Vamping Venus (1928) …. Maggie Cassidy/Circe
Pay as You Enter (1928) …. Mary Smith
Domestic Troubles (1928) …. Lola
Tillie’s Punctured Romance (1928) …. Tillie, a Runaway
Ham and Eggs at the Front (1927) …. Cally Brown
… aka Ham and Eggs (1927) (copyright title)
Texas Steer, A (1927) …. Mrs. Ma Brander

Louise Fazenda - silent and sound film actress

Sailor’s Sweetheart, A (1927) …. Cynthia Botts
Simple Sis (1927) …. Sis
Cradle Snatchers, The (1927)
Babe Comes Home (1927) …. Laundry Girl
Gay Old Bird, The (1927) …. Sisseretta Simpkins
Red Mill, The (1927) …. Gretchen
Finger Prints (1927) …. Dora Traynor
Ladies at Play (1926) …. Aunt Katherine
… aka Loose Ankles (1926)
Lady of the Harem, The (1926) …. Yasmin
Old Soak, The (1926) …. Annie
Millionaires (1926) …. Reba
Tin Gods (1926)
Passionate Quest, The (1926) …. Madame Mathilde
Miss Nobody (1926) …. Mazie Raleigh
Footloose Widows (1926) …. Flo
… aka Fine Feathers (1926) (UK)
Bat, The (1926) …. Lizzie Allen
Hogan’s Alley (1925) …. Dolly
Bobbed Hair (1925) …. Sweetie
Compromise (1925) …. Hilda
Love Hour, The (1925) …. Jenny Tibbs
Grounds for Divorce (1925) …. Marianne
Night Club, The (1925) …. Carmen
Broadway Butterfly, A (1925) …. Cookie Dale
Declassée (1925) …. Mrs. Walton
… aka Social Exile, The (1925)
Price of Pleasure, The (1925) …. Stella Kelly
Cheaper to Marry (1925) …. Flora
Lighthouse by the Sea, The (1924/II) …. Flora Gale
This Woman (1924) …. Rose
Being Respectable (1924) …. Deborah Carpenter
Listen Lester (1924) …. Arbutus Quilty
True As Steel (1924) …. Miss Leeds
Galloping Fish, The (1924) …. Undine
… aka Galloping Fish (1924) (USA: reissue title)
Dramatic Life of Abraham Lincoln, The (1924) …. Sally, a Country Girl
… aka Abraham Lincoln (1924) (USA: short title)
Old Fool, The (1923) …. Dolores Murphy
Wanters, The (1923) …. Mary
Gold Diggers, The (1923) …. Mabel Munroe
Tea: With a Kick! (1923) …. Birdie Puddleford
Spoilers, The (1923) …. Tilly Nelson
Main Street (1923) …. Bea Sorenson
Spider and the Rose, The (1923) …. Dolores
Fog, The (1923) …. Millie Richards
Beautiful and the Damned, The (1922)
Bow Wow (1922)
Quincy Adams Sawyer (1922) …. Mandy Skinner
Beauty Shop, The (1922) …. Cremo Panatella
Bungalow Troubles (1921)
Dizzy Daisy (1921)
Astray From the Steerage (1921) …. His wife
Small Town Idol, A (1921)
You Wouldn’t Believe It (1920)
It’s a Boy (1920)
Married Life (1920) …. Wife
Let ‘er Go (1920)
Quack Doctor, The (1920)
Down on the Farm (1920/I) …. The Girl
Star Boarder, The (1920)
Back to the Kitchen (1919)
Hearts and Flowers (1919) …. A Flower Girl
Her First Mistake (1918)
Kitchen Lady, The (1918)
Summer Girls, The (1918)
Village Chestnut, The (1918) …. Pupil
Her Fame and Shame (1917)
His Precious Life (1917)
Maggie’s First False Step (1917)
Are Waitresses Safe? (1917)
Her Torpedoed Love (1917) …. The Servant Girl
Betrayal of Maggie, The (1917)
Bombs! (1916)
Feathered Nest, The (1916)
… aka Girl Guardian (1916)
… aka Only a Farmer’s Daughter (1916)
Her Marble Heart (1916)
Love Riot, A (1916)
Maid Mad (1916)
Bath House Blunder, A (1916)
Judge, The (1916)
Marble Heart, The (1916)
His Hereafter (1916)
Bird’s a Bird, A (1915)
Hash House Fraud, A (1915) …. The Cashier
Rascal’s Foolish Way, A (1915)
… aka Polished Villain, A (1915)
Stark Mad (1915)
Versatile Villain, A (1915) …. Harry’s daughter
When Ambrose Dared Walrus (1915) …. Hotel Guest
Willful Ambrose (1915) …. Ma
Great Vacuum Robbery, The (1915)
Game Old Knight, A (1915)
Fatty’s Tintype Tangle (1915) …. Edgar’s Wife
… aka Fido’s Tintype Tangle (1915)
Crossed Love and Swords (1915)
Bear Affair, A (1915)
Ambrose’s Nasty Temper (1915) …. Proprietress
Ambrose’s Lofty Perch (1915)
Ambrose’s Fury (1915)
Ambrose’s Little Hatchet (1915)
Water Cure, The (1915)
Won with Dynamite (1915)
Blank Note, The (1915)
Hubby’s Cure (1915)
His Doctor’s Orders (1914)
Love Disguised (1914)
Dream of a Painting, A (1914)
He Married Her Anyhow (1914)
Battle of the Nations (1914)
De-feet of Father, The (1914)
When Their Wives Joined the Regiment (1914)
… aka When Their Wives Joined the Force (1914) (USA)
Across the Court (1914)
Cruel, Cruel World! (1914)
Baseball Fans of Fanville, The (1914)
In the Clutches of the Villain (1914)
New Butler, The (1914)
Love and Graft (1914)
Jam and Jealousy (1914)
Oh! What’s the Use? (1914)
Well! Well! (1914)
Diamond Nippers, The (1914)
What Happened to Schultz? (1914)
That’s Fair Enough (1914)
Wifies’ Busy Day (1914)
Polo Champions, The (1914)
His Wife’s Family (1914)
Love, Roses and Trousers (1914)
Captain Kid’s Priceless Treasures (1914)
Fatal Letter, The (1914)
Mike Searches for His Long-Lost Brother (1914)
Love and Electricity (1914)
Their First Anniversary (1914)
Schultz the Barber (1914)
Bucket Sharpers, The (1914)
Sharps Want a Flat, The (1914)
Mike and Jake in the Clutch of Circumstances (1914)
Schultz the Paperhanger (1914)
Head Waiter, The (1914)
Tender Hearted Sheriff, The (1914)
Midnight Alarm, The (1914)
Love and Politics (1914)
Heaven Will Protect the Working Girl (1914)
Mike and Jake Join the Army (1914)
Mystery of a Taxicab, The (1914)
Saving the Child (1914)
Some Nightmare (1914)
Mike and Jake in Society (1913)
She Should Worry (1913)
Mike and Jake as Pugilists (1913)
For Art and Love (1913)
Mike and Jake as Heroes (1913)
Joy Riders, The (1913)
Mike and Jake in Mexico (1913)
Mike and Jake in the Wild, Wild West (1913)
Hilda of the Mountains (1913)
Mike and Jake in the Oil Fields, or The Stinger Stung (1913)
Mike and Jake at the Beach (1913) …. The Girl
Almost an Actress (1913) …. Susie
Mike and Jake at College (1913)
Mike and Jake Among the Cannibals (1913)
Mike and Jake Go Fishing (1913)
Thou Shalt Not Rubber (1913)
Cheese Special, The (1913)
Poor Jake’s Demise (1913) …. Servant

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