Blanche Sweet

Blanche Sweet


  • Known For: Acting
  • Birthday: 18-06-1896
  • Gender: Female
  • Place of Birth: Chicago - Illinois - USA
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  • Popularity: 1.96
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From Wikipedia Sarah Blanche Sweet (June 18, 1896 – September 6, 1986) was an American silent film actress who began her career in the earliest days of the Hollywood motion picture film industry. Sweet is renowned for her energetic, independent roles, at variance with the 'ideal' Griffith type of vulnerable, often fragile, femininity. After many starring roles, her first real landmark film was the 1911 Griffith thriller The Lonedale Operator. In 1913 she starred in Griffith's first feature-length movie, Judith of Bethulia. In 1914 Sweet was initially cast by Griffith in the part of Elsie Stoneman in his epic The Birth of a Nation but the role was eventually given to rival actress Lillian Gish, who was Sweet's senior by three years. That same year Sweet parted ways with Griffith and joined Paramount (then Famous Players-Lasky) for the much higher pay that studio was able to afford. Throughout the 1910s, Sweet continued her career appearing in a number of highly prominent roles in films and remained a publicly popular leading lady. She often starred in vehicles by Cecil B. DeMille and Marshall Neilan, and she was recognised by leading film critics of the time to be one of the foremost actresses of the entire silent era. It was during her time working with Neilan that the two began a publicized affair, which brought on his divorce from former actress Gertrude Bambrick. Sweet and Neilan married in 1922. The union ended in 1929 with Sweet charging that Neilan was a persistent adulterer. During the early 1920s Sweet's career continued to prosper, and she starred in the first film version of Anna Christie in 1923. The film is also notable as being the first Eugene O'Neill play to be made into a motion picture. In successive years, she starred in Tess of the D'Urbervilles and The Sporting Venus, both directed by Neilan. Sweet soon began a new career phase as one of the newly formed MGM studio's biggest stars. Sweet made just three talking pictures, including her critically lauded performance in 1930's Show Girl in Hollywood, before retiring from the screen that same year and marrying stage actor Raymond Hackett in 1935. The marriage lasted until Hackett's death in 1958. Sweet spent the remainder of her performing career in radio and in secondary Broadway stage roles. Eventually, her career in both of these fields petered out, and she began working in a Los Angeles department store. In the late 1960s, her acting legacy was resurrected when film scholars invited her to Europe to receive recognition for her work. On September 24, 1984, a tribute to Blanche Sweet was held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Miss Sweet introduced her 1925 film, The Sporting Venus. Sweet died in New York City of a stroke, on September 6, 1986, just weeks after her 90th birthday.




Year Movie Character
1914 Judith of Bethulia as Judith
1915 The Case of Becky as Dorothy/Becky
1911 The Lonedale Operator as Daughter of the Lonedale Operator
1913 Death's Marathon
1912 Blind Love as The Young Woman
1912 Under Burning Skies as Emily
1912 The Lesser Evil as The Young Woman
1911 Through Darkening Vales as Grace
1911 The Last Drop of Water as Mary
1923 Anna Christie as Anna Christie
1911 A Country Cupid as Edith
1912 The Painted Lady as The Older Sister
1912 The Transformation of Mike as The Tenement Girl
1912 The Massacre as Stephen's Ward
1911 The Villain Foiled as Miss Page
1912 The Eternal Mother as Martha, the Wife
1914 Strongheart as Dorothy Nelson, Frank's Sister
1930 The Woman Racket as Julia
1916 The Ragamuffin as Jenny
1982 Before the Nickelodeon: The Cinema of Edwin S. Porter as Narrator (voice)
1911 The Battle as The boy's sweetheart
1914 Classmates
1915 The Warrens of Virginia as Agatha Warren
1920 The Deadlier Sex
1921 That Girl Montana as Montana Rivers
1925 The Sporting Venus as Lady Gwendolyn
1915 The Captive as Sonya Matinovich
1919 A Woman of Pleasure as Alice Dane
1929 Always Faithful as Mrs. George W. Mason
1925 His Supreme Moment as Carla King
1911 The Long Road as Edith
1925 Why Women Love as Molla Hansen
1913 Two Men of the Desert as The Authoress
1913 Oil and Water
1919 The Unpardonable Sin
1919 The Hushed Hour
1927 Singed
1911 Love in the Hills as The Mountain Girl
1915 The Secret Sin
1914 The Little Country Mouse as Dorothy
1917 The Evil Eye as Dr. Katherine Torrance
1912 The Goddess of Sagebrush Gulch as The Goddess
1914 The Avenging Conscience: or 'Thou Shalt Not Kill' as The Sweetheart
1912 For His Son as The Son's Fiancée
1930 Show Girl in Hollywood as Donny Harris
1913 Three Friends as The Wife
1911 The Making of a Man as Young Woman
1909 The Day After
1912 With the Enemy's Help as The Prospector's Wife
1913 The Stolen Bride
1912 One Is Business, the Other Crime as Rich Wife
1912 A Sailor’s Heart as The Sailor's Second Sweetheart
1913 Broken Ways as The Road Agent's Wife
1910 All on Account of the Milk as The Maid
1912 A Temporary Truce as Alice, the Prospector;s Wife
1926 Bluebeard's Seven Wives as Juliet
1912 The God Within as The Woman of the Camp
1911 Enoch Arden: Part I
1911 The Miser's Heart
1910 The Rocky Road
1911 His Daughter
1930 The Silver Horde as Queenie
1909 To Save Her Soul as Stage Dancer
1911 Enoch Arden as Woman on the Beach
1914 Home, Sweet Home as The Wife
1911 The Primal Call
1910 A Flash of Light
1944 Twenty Years After
1928 Fashion News as Self (1930)
1923 Souls for Sale as Herself - Celebrity Actress (uncredited)

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