Marie Prévost (1898-1937)

Marie Prevost, Silent Movie Star

Born Mary Bickford Dunn in Sarna, Ontario, Canada, on November 8th, 1898, Marie Prévost moved to Colorado, USA with her family when young. She was educated at the Laurette Sisters’ School in Denver and at St. Mary’s in Los Angeles. Show business called the effervescent Marie, and she became a chorus girl in “The Midnight Follies” on Broadway in New York. In 1916 she became one of Mack Sennett’s famous Bathing Beauties on screen. In the early 1920’s Marie rose to stardom in several popular light romance films, including three by director Ernst Lubitsch: “The Marriage Circle” (1924), “Three Women” (1924) and “Kiss Me Again” (1925). She was also quite funny in the flapper movies “Up In Mabel’s Room” (1926), “Getting Gertie’s Garter” (1927), and “Blonde For A Night” (1928). Marie was married twice, once to silent film leading actor Kenneth Harlan, from 1924 to 1927. He had starred with her in a screen version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Beautiful and the Damned” (1922), and the two had fallen in love.

Marie survived the transition to sound films, and starred in some fun vehicles like “Sweethearts On Parade” (1930), and the drama “The Sin of Madelon Claudet” (1931), but she began to struggle with depression over the loss of her mother in a car accident. For comfort, she turned to binge eating and alcohol, and the inevitable happened: she began to gain weight. The studios told her to lose weight, or she would no longer be able to work for them, so Marie began starving herself (today called anorexia), which led to her death from malnutrition at age 38, on January 23rd, 1937. She died in poverty, alone in her squalid apartment; no one had reached out to help her. Another wonderful silent star, with so much promise for the sound era, one who had made the studios a fortune during the 1920’s, was forgotten and destroyed, due to the cruelty of Hollywood. ~ Copyright © 2004

To download a vintage bio of Marie Prévost from 1924’s “Blue Book Of The Screen” please click HERE (233 kb)

Marie Prévost’s Silent Films

Rush Hour, The (1928) …. Margie Dolan
Sideshow, The (1928) …. Queenie Parker
Racket, The (1928) …. Helen Hayes)
Blonde for a Night, A (1928) …. Marie
On to Reno (1928) …. Vera
Girl in the Pullman, The (1927) …. Hazel Burton
… aka Girl on the Train, The (1927) (UK)
Night Bride (1927) …. Cynthia Stockton
Getting Gertie’s Garter (1927) …. Gertie Darling
Man Bait (1927) …. Madge Dreyer
For Wives Only (1926) …. Laura Rittenhaus
Almost a Lady (1926) …. Marcia Blake
Nana (1926) …. Gaga

Marie Prevost, Mack Sennett Bathing Beauty, 1916

Pert and pretty Marie Prévost as a Mack Sennett Bathing Beauty
early in her career

Up in Mabel’s Room (1926) …. Mabel Ainsworth
Other Women’s Husbands (1926) …. Kay Lambert
Caveman, The (1926) …. Myra Gaylord
His Jazz Bride (1926) …. Gloria Gregory
Seven Sinners (1925) …. Molly Brian
Bobbed Hair (1925) …. Connemara Moore
Kiss Me Again (1925) …. LouLou Fleury
Recompense (1925) …. Julie Gmelyn
Dark Swan, The (1924) …. Eve Quinn
… aka Black Swan, The (1924)
Lover of Camille, The (1924) …. Marie Duplessis
Three Women (1924) …. Harriet
Tarnish (1924) …. Nettie Dark
Cornered (1924) …. Mary Brennan/Margaret Waring
Being Respectable (1924) (as Mary Prevost) …. Valerie Winship
Daughters of Pleasure (1924) …. Marjory Hadley
How to Educate a Wife (1924) …. Mabel Todd
Marriage Circle, The (1924) …. Mizzi Stock
Wanters, The (1923) …. Myra Hastings
Red Lights (1923) …. Ruth Carson
Brass (1923) …. Marjorie Jones
Beautiful and the Damned, The (1922) …. Gloria

Kenneth Harlan and Marie Prevost

Kenneth Harlan and his intended Marie Prévost
From Photoplay Magazine, September, 1924
“Orange blossoms and wedding bells are going to mean a whole lot
to these two screen favorites one of these days. Marie Prevost and
Kenneth Harlan admit they are going to be married, but when and
where they refuse to divulge to their closest intimates.”

Heroes of the Street (1922)
Married Flapper, The (1922) …. Pamela Billings
Her Night of Nights (1922) …. Molly May Mahone
Kissed (1922) …. Constance Keener
Crossroads of New York, The (1922)
… aka For Love or Money (1922) (USA: preview title)
Dangerous Little Demon, The (1922) …. Teddy Harmon
Don’t Get Personal (1922) …. Patricia Parker
Parisian Scandal, A (1921) …. Liane-Demarest
Nobody’s Fool (1921) …. Polly Gordon
Moonlight Follies (1921) …. Nan Rutledge
Call a Cop (1921)
Small Town Idol, A (1921) …. Marcelle Mansfield
Dabbling in Art (1921)
Love, Honor and Behave (1920) …. Newlywed
Down on the Farm (1920/I) …. The Faithful Wife
East Lynne with Variations (1919)
Love’s False Faces (1919)
Never Too Old (1919)
Reilly’s Wash Day (1919)
Rip & Stitch: Tailors (1919)
Speakeasy, The (1919)
Up in Alf’s Place (1919)
When Love Is Blind (1919)
Why Beaches Are Popular (1919)
Salome vs. Shenandoah (1919)
Uncle Tom Without a Cabin (1919) …. Eliza
… aka Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1919)
Sleuths (1919)
Dentist, The (1919)
Yankee Doodle in Berlin (1919) …. A Belgian Girl
… aka Kaiser’s Last Squeal, The (1919) (USA)
Hide and Seek Detectives (1918)
His Hidden Purpose (1918)
His Smothered Love (1918)
Village Chestnut, The (1918)
She Loved Him Plenty (1918)
Her Nature Dance (1917)
Two Crooks (1917)
Secrets of a Beauty Parlor (1917)
Unto Those Who Sin (1916) …. Celeste
Better Late Than Never (1916)

To learn more about Marie Prévost visit her profile on The Internet Movie Database

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