Babe London (August 28, 1901 – November 29, 1980) was an
American actress and comedian, most remembered for her onetime-only partnership
with Oliver Hardy, in the 1931's Laurel and Hardy's two-reeler Our Wife.
Born Jean Glover in 1901 in Des Moines, Iowa, London began
her screen career as a teenager making her film debut in The Expert Eloper in
1919. She then appeared in A Day's Pleasure, performing opposite Charlie
Chaplin. The two played seasick tourists on an excursion boat. London appeared
in more than 50 silent films, including The Perfect Flapper, The Boob and the
1928 version of Tillie's Punctured Romance starring W. C. Fields. She worked
with all the funny men of the day, including Harry Langdon and Chester Conklin.
At the height of her career, London weighed 255 pounds. Later,
a heart condition necessitated a loss of 100 pounds, and her movie offers
declined along with her weight. She never regained her earlier success. Her
last most notable role was that of the toothless nurse Nora that Shemp Howard
has eyes for in the Three Stooges film Scrambled Brains. Her last film
appearance was in 1960's Sex Kittens Go to College.
In the late 1950s, London began a second career as a painter
and devoted the last 20 years of her life to depicting on canvas the early
years of Hollywood. She titled the series The Vanishing Era.