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Constance Campbell Bennett (October 22, 1904 – July 24, 1965) was an American actress.

She started off with a spell in a convent but decided to go into the family business. Independent, cultured, ironic and outspoken, Constance, the first Bennett sister to enter motion pictures, appeared in New York-produced silent movies before a meeting with Samuel Goldwyn led to her Hollywood debut in Cytherea (1924).

She abandoned a burgeoning career in silents for marriage to Philip Plant in 1925; She resumed her film career after their divorce, with the advent of talking pictures (1929), and with her delicate blonde features and glamorous fashion style, she quickly became a popular film star.

In 1931, a short-lived contract with Metro Goldwyn Mayer earned her $300,000 for two movies which included The Easiest Way and made her one of the highest paid stars in Hollywood. Warner Brothers paid her the all-time high salary of $30,000 a week for "Bought!" in 1931. Richard Bennett, her father, was also cast in this film. The next year she moved to RKO, where she acted in What Price Hollywood? (1932), directed by George Cukor, an ironic and at the same time tragic behind-the-scenes looks at the old Hollywood studio system, in which she gave one of her finest performances.

Bennett next showed her versatility in the likes of Our Betters (1933), Bed of Roses (1933) with Pert Kelton, After Tonight (1933) (co-starring with future husband Gilbert Roland), The Affairs of Cellini (1934), After Office Hours (1935) with Clark Gable, the original Topper (1937, in a career standout as Marian Kerby opposite Cary Grant, a role she repeated in the 1939 sequel, Topper Takes a Trip), the ultimate madcap family comedy Merrily We Live (1938) and Two-Faced Woman (1941, supporting Greta Garbo).

By the 1940s, Bennett was working less frequently in film but was in demand in both radio and theatre. Shrewd investments had made her a wealthy woman, and she founded a cosmetics and clothing company.

She had a major supporting role in Warner Bros.'s The Unsuspected (1947) opposite Claude Rains, in which she played the program director who helps prove that Rains is guilty of murder. She made no films from the early 1950s until 1965 when she made a comeback in the film Madame X (released posthumously in 1966) playing Lana Turner's mother-in-law. Shortly after filming was completed, Bennett collapsed and died from a cerebral haemorrhage at the age of 60.

In recognition of her military contributions, and as the wife of Theron John Coulter, who had achieved the rank of brigadier general, she was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Coulter died in 1995 and was buried with her.

Bennett has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to motion pictures, at 6250 Hollywood Boulevard, a short distance from the star of her sister, Joan.

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Constance Campbell Bennett (October 22, 1904 – July 24, 1965) was an American actress.

She started off with a spell in a convent but decided to go into the family business. Independent, cultured, ironic and outspoken, Constance, the first Bennett sister to enter motion pictures, appeared in New York-produced silent movies before a meeting with Samuel Goldwyn led to her Hollywood debut in Cytherea (1924).

She abandoned a burgeoning career in silents for marriage to Philip Plant in 1925; She resumed her film career after their divorce, with the advent of talking pictures (1929), and with her delicate blonde features and glamorous fashion style, she quickly became a popular film star.

In 1931, a short-lived contract with Metro Goldwyn Mayer earned her $300,000 for two movies which included The Easiest Way and made her one of the highest paid stars in Hollywood. Warner Brothers paid her the all-time high salary of $30,000 a week for "Bought!" in 1931. Richard Bennett, her father, was also cast in this film. The next year she moved to RKO, where she acted in What Price Hollywood? (1932), directed by George Cukor, an ironic and at the same time tragic behind-the-scenes looks at the old Hollywood studio system, in which she gave one of her finest performances.

Bennett next showed her versatility in the likes of Our Betters (1933), Bed of Roses (1933) with Pert Kelton, After Tonight (1933) (co-starring with future husband Gilbert Roland), The Affairs of Cellini (1934), After Office Hours (1935) with Clark Gable, the original Topper (1937, in a career standout as Marian Kerby opposite Cary Grant, a role she repeated in the 1939 sequel, Topper Takes a Trip), the ultimate madcap family comedy Merrily We Live (1938) and Two-Faced Woman (1941, supporting Greta Garbo).

By the 1940s, Bennett was working less frequently in film but was in demand in both radio and theatre. Shrewd investments had made her a wealthy woman, and she founded a cosmetics and clothing company.

She had a major supporting role in Warner Bros.'s The Unsuspected (1947) opposite Claude Rains, in which she played the program director who helps prove that Rains is guilty of murder. She made no films from the early 1950s until 1965 when she made a comeback in the film Madame X (released posthumously in 1966) playing Lana Turner's mother-in-law. Shortly after filming was completed, Bennett collapsed and died from a cerebral haemorrhage at the age of 60.

In recognition of her military contributions, and as the wife of Theron John Coulter, who had achieved the rank of brigadier general, she was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Coulter died in 1995 and was buried with her.

Bennett has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to motion pictures, at 6250 Hollywood Boulevard, a short distance from the star of her sister, Joan.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 52

Birthday 1904-10-22

Day of Death 1965-07-24

Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage as Herself (archive footage)
1975 Brother Can You Spare A Dime as Herself
1966 Madame X as Estelle Anderson
1958 The Ann Sothern Show(1 episode)
1954 It Should Happen to You as Guest Panelist
1951 As Young as You Feel as Lucille McKinley
1950 Your Show of Shows(1 episode)
1950 Robert Montgomery Presents(2 episodes)
1949 Suspense(1 episode)
1948 Angel on the Amazon as Dr. Karen Lawrence
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show(2 episodes)
1948 Smart Woman as Paula Rogers
1947 The Unsuspected as Jane Moynihan
1946 Centennial Summer as Zenia Lascalles
1945 Paris Underground as Kitty de Mornay
1942 Madame Spy as Joan Bannister
1942 Sin Town as Kye Allen
1942 Wild Bill Hickok Rides as Belle Andrews
1941 Two-Faced Woman as Griselda Vaughn
1941 Law of the Tropics as Joan Madison aka Miss Moore and Laura
1940 Escape to Glory as Christine Blaine
1939 Tail Spin as Gerry Lester
1938 Topper Takes a Trip as Marion Kerby
1938 Service de Luxe as Helen Murphy
1938 Merrily We Live as Jerry Kilbourne
1937 Topper as Marion Kerby
1937 Daily Beauty Rituals as Herself
1936 Ladies In Love as Yoli Haydn
1936 Everything Is Thunder as Anna von Stucknadel
1935 After Office Hours as Sharon Norwood
1934 Outcast Lady as Iris
1934 The Affairs of Cellini as Duchess of Florence
1934 Moulin Rouge as Helen Hall / Raquel
1933 After Tonight as Carla Vanirska
1933 Bed of Roses as Lorry Evans
1933 Our Betters as Lady Pearl Grayston
1932 Rockabye as Judy Carroll
1932 Two Against The World as Adele Hamilton
1932 What Price Hollywood? as Mary Evans
1932 Lady With A Past as Venice Muir
1931 Bought! as Stephanie Dale
1931 The Common Law as Valerie West
1931 Born To Love as Doris Kendall
1931 The Easiest Way as Laura Murdock
1930 Sin Takes a Holiday as Sylvia Brenner
1930 Three Faces East as Frances Hawtree / Z-1
1930 Common Clay as Ellen Neal
1930 Son of the Gods as Allana Wagner
1926 Married? as Marcia Livingston
1925 The Goose Woman as Hazel Woods
1924 Cytherea as Annette Sherman
1922 Reckless Youth as Chorus Girl

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