Madge Bellamy Overview:

Legendary actress, Madge Bellamy, was born Margaret Derden Philpott on Jun 30, 1899 in Hillsboro, TX. Bellamy died at the age of 90 on Jan 24, 1990 in Upland, CA .


When only 17, Madge Bellamy appeared on the stage with William Gillette in Dear Brutus and was billed as "The Most Beautiful Girl on Broadway." Her fragile features and ethereal look disguised an iron will.

She was signed to films by Thomas Ince in 1918, and in 1923 starred in the first screen version of Lorna Doone. Her days as a Hollywood star were relatively brief. As to the reason, Bellamy said: "I wanted too much money, and when it was not forthcoming, I quit."  Her films include The Riddle Woman (1920), Bertha, the Sewing Machine Girl (1926) and Mother Knows Best (1928).

(Source: available at Amazon The Movie Makers [please note: the book has some data errors which have been corrected in this article by CMH]).



She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Bellamy was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Personal Quote: "I've avoided all my life the romantic stuff which novels and movies are about. Never went in for that mush. Of course, I've missed what most people would call the ultimate human experience. But then, I've remained my own person, which at my age is a very satisfying state" - Madge ... Read full article

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A Tribute to Born on June 30, 1902, in Hillsboro, Texas, was one of the few silent stars who came to Hollywood from the Broadway stage. She made her film debut in The Riddle : A Woman (1920) for Pathe and soon after was signed to a four-year contract by pioneer produce... Read full article

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, best known films include: Love Never Dies (1921), Lorna Doone (1922), and The Iron Horse (1924). She made a successful transition to sound film in 1928 with the film, Mother Knows Best, but after a dispute with Fox in 1929, she left the studio and could not find work again until 1932,... Read full article

"Lorna Doone" (1922)

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“Lorna Doone” (1922) is a silent romantic drama starring , John Bowers, and Frank Keenan. Directed by Maurice Tourneur and adapted from the novel by R.D. Blackmore, this film is about a young girl who is captured and grows up among a clan of evil outlaws. The story begins ... Read full article

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Described herself as an atheist, a vegetarian, and a leftist.

Was specially chosen by Fox as the star of their first-ever talkie, Mother Knows Best (1928)

She rejected the lead role in The Trial of Mary Dugan (1929), which was later given to Norma Shearer and became one of Shearer's biggest early successes.

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