Enid Bennett (1893-1969)

Enid Bennett, Silent Movie Star

One of the pioneer actresses of the silent screen, Enid Bennett was born in York, Australia on July 15th, 1893. She was educated in her native land and went on the stage in Sydney. While on a tour of Australia with his production company, director Fred Niblo advertised for someone to play a minor part in a movie he was casting. Miss Bennett applied and was accepted. Later she was also accepted as Fred Niblo’s wife, and gave him three children: Louis, Peter and Judith. After her divorce from Fred, she married yet another excellent director of silent and sound films, Sidney Franklin.

Enid’s beauty, combined with her acting abilities, soon won success for her on the screen. She began to play lead roles very quickly while under contract to the Famous Players-Lasky Corporation. Many of Enid’s silent films do not survive, unfortunately, but the several that are still available for viewing show a sparkling screen presence, such as her portrayal of Lady Marian in 1922’s “Robin Hood” opposite Douglas Fairbanks and her compelling performance as the waif in The Red Lily (1924, photos) with Ramon Novarro.

Enid made several films when sound arrived, including the Mae Clark version of “Waterloo Bridge” (1931), “Intermezzo” (1939) with Ingrid Bergman, and “Strike Up The Band” (1940), with Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney. After that film she retired from the movies in order to devote more time to her family. Enid Bennett died in Malibu, California, from a heart attack on May 14th, 1969. ~ Copyright © 2004 www.goldensilents.com

Enid Bennett’s Silent Films

Flag: A Story Inspired by the Tradition of Betsy Ross, The (1927) …. Betsy Ross
… aka Flag, The (1927) (USA: short title)
Wrong Mr. Wright, The (1927) …. Henrietta
Woman’s Heart, A (1926) …. Eve Waring
Red Lily, The (1924) …. Marise La Noue
Sea Hawk, The (1924) …. Lady Rosamund Godolphin
Fool’s Awakening, A (1924) …. Olivia Gale

Enid Bennett, Silent movie star

Enid Bennett looking demure and pretty for her photo shoot

Courtship of Myles Standish, The (1923) …. Priscilla Mullens
… aka Courtship of Miles Standish, The (1923) (USA)
Bad Man, The (1923) …. Mrs. Morgan Pell
Strangers of the Night (1923) …. Poppy Faire
Your Friend and Mine (1923) …. Patricia Stanton
Scandalous Tongues (1922)
Robin Hood (1922) …. Lady Marian Fitzwalter
Bootlegger’s Daughter, The (1922) …. Nell Bradley
Keeping Up with Lizzie (1921) …. Lizzie Henshaw
Silk Hosiery (1920) …. Marjorie Bowen

Her Husband’s Friend (1920) …. Judith Westover
Hairpins (1920) …. Muriel Rossmore
False Road, The (1920) …. Betty Palmer
Woman in the Suitcase, The (1920) …. Mary Moreland
What Every Woman Learns (1919) …. Amy Fortesque
Stepping Out (1919) …. The Wife
Virtuous Thief, The (1919) …. Shirley Armitage
Haunted Bedroom, The (1919) …. Betsy Thorne
Law of Men, The (1919) …. Laura Dayne
Partners Three (1919) …. Agnes Cuyler
Happy Though Married (1919) …. Millicent Lee
Fuss and Feathers (1918) …. Susie Baldwin
When Do We Eat? (1918) …. Nora
Coals of Fire (1918) …. Nell Bradley
Marriage Ring, The (1918) …. Anne Mertons
They’re Off (1918) …. Rita Hackett
Vamp, The (1918) …. Nancy
Desert Wooing, A (1918) …. Avice Bereton
Biggest Show on Earth, The (1918) …. Roxie Kemp
… aka Greatest Show on Earth, The (1918) (USA: review title)
Naughty, Naughty! (1918) …. Roberta Miller
Keys of the Righteous (1918) …. Mary Manning
Mother Instinct, The (1917) …. Eleanor Coutierre

Enid Bennett, Silent Film Star, in The Girl Glory

Enid Bennett in “The Girl Glory” (1917)

Girl Glory, The (1917) …. Glory Wharton
Happiness (1917) …. Doris Wingate
… aka Seeking Happiness (1917) (USA)
Little Brother, The (1917) …. Jerry Ross
Princess of the Dark (1917) …. Fay Herron
Officer 666 (1916) …. Helen Burton
Aryan, The (1916)
Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford (1916) …. Fanny

To learn more about Enid Bennett visit her profile on The Internet Movie Database

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