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Bessie Love

Bessie Love (September 10, 1898 - April 26, 1986) was an American actress. Born Juanita Horton in Midland, Texas, she moved with her family to Hollywood when she was young. When the family needed money, her mother sent her to Biograph studios, where she met D.W. Griffith, who gave her a small part in Intolerance in 1916. She was selected one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1922.

As her roles got larger, so did her popularity. She performed the Charleston in the movie The King on Main Street in 1925. She was able to successfully transition to talkies, and in 1929 she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for The Broadway Melody.

Her career came to a quick halt soon after that, however, and she moved to the United Kingdom, where she had very small roles in several films. She made a small comeback in the 1980s with roles in Ragtime and in Reds.

She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6777 Hollywood Blvd.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Bessie Love Facts

Birth NameJuanita Horton
BirthdaySeptember 10, 1898
BirthplaceMidland, Texas, USA
Date of deathApril 26, 1986 (age 87)
Height5' (1m52)  How tall is Bessie Love compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Not available.