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Lila Lee (born Augusta Wilhelmena Fredericka Appel, July 25, 1905 – November 13, 1973) was a prominent screen actress, primarily a leading lady, of the silent film and early sound film eras.

In 1918, she was chosen for a film contract by Hollywood film mogul Jesse Lasky for Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, which later became Paramount Pictures. Her first feature, The Cruise of the Make-Believes, garnered the teenaged starlet much public acclaim and Lasky quickly sent Lee on an arduous publicity campaign. Critics lauded Lila for her wholesome persona and sympathetic character parts. Lee quickly rose to the ranks of leading lady and often starred opposite such matinee heavies as Conrad Nagel, Gloria Swanson, Wallace Reid, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, and Rudolph Valentino. Lee bore more than a slight resemblance to Ann Little, a former Paramount star and frequent Reid co-star who was leaving the film business and at this stage in her career an even stronger resemblance to Marguerite Clark.

In 1922 Lee was cast as Carmen in the enormously popular film Blood and Sand, opposite matinee idol Rudolph Valentino and silent screen vamp Nita Naldi; Lee subsequently won the first WAMPAS Baby Stars award that year. Lee continued to be a highly popular leading lady throughout the 1920s and made scores of critically praised and widely watched films.

As the Roaring Twenties drew to a close, Lee's popularity began to wane and Lee positioned herself for the transition to talkies. She is one of the few leading ladies of the silent screen whose popularity did not nosedive with the coming of sound. She went back to working with the major studios and appeared, most notably, in The Unholy Three, in 1930, opposite Lon Chaney Sr. in his only talkie. However, a series of bad career choices and bouts of recurring tuberculosis and alcoholism hindered further projects and Lee was relegated to taking parts in mostly grade B movies.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Lila Lee (born Augusta Wilhelmena Fredericka Appel, July 25, 1905 – November 13, 1973) was a prominent screen actress, primarily a leading lady, of the silent film and early sound film eras.

In 1918, she was chosen for a film contract by Hollywood film mogul Jesse Lasky for Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, which later became Paramount Pictures. Her first feature, The Cruise of the Make-Believes, garnered the teenaged starlet much public acclaim and Lasky quickly sent Lee on an arduous publicity campaign. Critics lauded Lila for her wholesome persona and sympathetic character parts. Lee quickly rose to the ranks of leading lady and often starred opposite such matinee heavies as Conrad Nagel, Gloria Swanson, Wallace Reid, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, and Rudolph Valentino. Lee bore more than a slight resemblance to Ann Little, a former Paramount star and frequent Reid co-star who was leaving the film business and at this stage in her career an even stronger resemblance to Marguerite Clark.

In 1922 Lee was cast as Carmen in the enormously popular film Blood and Sand, opposite matinee idol Rudolph Valentino and silent screen vamp Nita Naldi; Lee subsequently won the first WAMPAS Baby Stars award that year. Lee continued to be a highly popular leading lady throughout the 1920s and made scores of critically praised and widely watched films.

As the Roaring Twenties drew to a close, Lee's popularity began to wane and Lee positioned herself for the transition to talkies. She is one of the few leading ladies of the silent screen whose popularity did not nosedive with the coming of sound. She went back to working with the major studios and appeared, most notably, in The Unholy Three, in 1930, opposite Lon Chaney Sr. in his only talkie. However, a series of bad career choices and bouts of recurring tuberculosis and alcoholism hindered further projects and Lee was relegated to taking parts in mostly grade B movies.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 56

Birthday 1905-07-25

Day of Death 1973-11-13

Place of Birth Union Hill, New Jersey, USA

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Also Known As

  • Augusta Wilhelmena Fredericka Appel
  • Augusta Appel

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1967 Cottonpickin' Chickenpickers as Viola Zickafoose
1966 The Emperor's New Clothes as Wringmouth
1957 Panic! (1 episode)
1952 This Is Your Life (1 episode)
1950 Lux Video Theatre (1 episode)
1937 Nation Aflame as Mona Franklin Burtis
1937 Two Wise Maids as Ethel Harriman
1936 Country Gentlemen as Mrs. Louise Heath
1936 The Ex-Mrs. Bradford as Miss Prentiss, Bradford's Receptionist
1935 The People's Enemy as Katherine Carr
1934 I Can't Escape as Mae Nichols
1934 In Love with Life as Sharon
1934 Whirlpool as Helen Rankin Morrison
1933 The Intruder as Connie Wayne
1933 The Iron Master as Janet Stillman
1933 Face in the Sky as Sharon Hadley
1932 Officer Thirteen as Doris Dane
1932 False Faces as Georgia Rand
1932 The Night of June 13 as Trudie Morrow
1932 Exposure as Doris Corbin
1932 Unholy Love as Jane Bradford
1932 Radio Patrol as Sue Kennedy
1931 Misbehaving Ladies as Princess Ellen
1931 Woman Hungry as Judith Temple
1930 The Gorilla as Alice Denby
1930 The Unholy Three as Rosie O'Grady
1930 Double Cross Roads as Mary Carlyle
1930 Those Who Dance as Nora Brady
1930 Second Wife as Florence Wendell Fairchild
1929 Show of Shows as Performer in 'What Became of the Floradora Boys' Number
1929 Love, Live & Laugh as Margharita
1929 Flight as Elinor
1929 Honky Tonk as Beth - Sophie's Daughter
1929 Drag as Dot
1929 Queen of the Night Clubs as Bea Walters
1928 The Black Pearl as Eugenie Bromley
1928 Fashion News
1928 Just Married as Victoire
1928 The Adorable Cheat as Marion Dorsey
1927 One Increasing Purpose
1926 The New Klondike as Evelyn Lane
1925 The Midnight Girl as Anna
1923 Woman-Proof as Louise Halliday
1923 The Ne'er-Do-Well as Chiquita
1922 The Ghost Breaker as Maria Theresa, a Spanish Heiress
1922 Blood and Sand as Carmen
1922 The Fast Freight as Elsie
1921 After the Show
1921 Crazy to Marry as Annabelle Landis
1921 Gasoline Gus as Sal Jo Banty
1921 The Dollar-a-Year Man as Peggy Bruce
1921 Midsummer Madness as Daisy Osborne
1920 The Soul of Youth as Vera Hamilton
1920 Terror Island as Beverly West
1919 Hawthorne of the U.S.A. as Princess Irma
1919 Male and Female as Tweeny - the scullery maid

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