Bessie Love Overview:

Legendary actress, Bessie Love, was born Juanita Horton on Sep 10, 1898 in Midland, TX. Love died at the age of 87 on Apr 26, 1986 in London, England and was laid to rest in Breakspear Crematorium Cemetery in Ruislip, Greater London, England.


One of the cinema's most indomitable ladies: a tiny blonde American actress with a sweet smile, and a long nose that gave her an old-young face. Started as a teenager with D.W. Griffith in 1916, then became one of the silent screen's great beauties before working hard to make the transition to sound, often in early musicals. Came to Britain in the early thirties and stayed, no longer pursuing her career with such single-mindedness, but playing cameo roles as she chose. In her seventies began a new and successful career as a writer. Nominated for an Academy Award in The Broadway Melody.

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Although Love was nominated for one Oscar, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1928/29Best ActressThe Broadway Melody (1929)Hank MahoneyNominated

She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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Silent Movie Star Mini Biography:

By Movies, Silently on Mar 23, 2013 From Movies Silently

needs to be rediscovered… (1898-1986) Country of Birth: USA Birth Name: Juanita Horton The basics: was born in Texas but her family relocated to Los Angeles when she was a teenager. While still a high school student, Love found work as an extra in D.W. Griff... Read full article

Silent Stars Sing: and Anita Page

By Movies, Silently on Mar 23, 2013 From Movies Silently

and Anita Page duet in the song Boy Friend from Broadway Melody. Bessie takes the lead. Download: BessieLoveAnitaPage-TheBoyFriend1929.mp3 Popular Tags1920 1921 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 About Silent Movies Action Adventure Actor Article Biography Book Cec... Read full article

The Broadway Melody: Anita Page and

By Art on Aug 8, 2011 From Classic Cinema Gold

ALL TALKING? ALL SINGING ?ALL DANCING . “The Broadway Melody” is a 1929 American musical film and the first sound film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture. The film was the first musical released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and was Hollywood’s first all-talking musical. It starr... Read full article

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By Dawn on Dec 18, 2010 From Noir and Chick Flicks

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By Dawn on Jan 2, 2010 From Noir and Chick Flicks

To financially help her family, Love's mother sent her to Biograph Studios, where she met film director D.W. Griffith. He gave her small roles in his films The Birth of a Nation (1915) and in Intolerance (1916). She also appeared opposite William S. Hat in The Aryan and with Douglas Fairbanks in The... Read full article

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Bessie Love Quotes:

Eddie Kearns: Those men aren't going to pay ten bucks to look at your face; this is Broadway!
Hank Mahoney: Yeah, "Broad's way!"

Hank Mahoney: [after a cat-fight with a chorus girl] Next time I'll give you a facial instead of a scalp treatment!
Chorus Girl: I'll fix you, ya little peanut!

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WAMPAS Baby Star of 1922.

Wrote the play "The Homecoming" in 1958.

Sister-in-law of Howard Hawks and Kenneth Hawks, cousin-in-law of Carole Lombard.

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