Friday, December 7, 2007

Past Glam: Bessie Love Photoplay Cover, July 1929

Bessie Love was a darling of the Silver Screen right when silent films gave way to "Talkies." She was born in 1898 in Texas, but the family moved to Los Angeles when Bessie was 13. She got her first bit part in a movie in 1915 at Biograph Studios, where they promptly changed her name from Juanita Horton to Bessie Love.

She worked steadily in smaller roles throughout the teens and the Twenties, but it was only with the arrival of sound pictures (1927) that her career really came to full bloom. Modern audiences can still see her singing and dancing in such early hits as The Broadway Melody (1929) and The Hollywood Revue of 1929.

From the early 1930's onward, Bessie Love divided her time between England and America, acting sporadically in smaller roles in movies and TV until her death in 1986. Bessie Love acted in over 130 films, television films and episodes during her long career. Her star still gleams at 6777 Hollywood Blvd on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Photo source: Photoplay July 1929 Cover. From my own collection.


Elisabeth said...

What a gorgeous picture - where do you find them!?

G.G. said...

I collect old Photoplay magazines, among other "glamoralia" :P

WendyB said...

Wow! Never heard of her. She sounds like she deserves a piece of jewelry in her name. Thanks for sharing.

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