Constance Bennett

Constance Bennett

Accepted the role of Ellie Andrews in It Happened One Night (1934), but later turned it down when Columbia Pictures would not allow her to produce the film herself. Claudette Colbert was then given the part and went on to win the Best Actress Oscar for her performance.

Adopted son, Peter Bennett Plant (born 1929, adopted 1930); daughters with Gilbert Roland: Lorinda Roland born 21 Apr 1938; and Gyl Roland, born 9 December 1941.

As a colonel's wife and in recognition of her work for the Berlin Airlift, she is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Aunt of Morton Downey Jr..

Constance was considered one of the best poker players in Hollywood. She was also an excellent skier.

Daughter of Richard Bennett and Adrienne Morrison.

Granddaughter of Rose Wood and the stage actor Lewis Morrison, birth name: Morris W. Morris (1845 - 1906).

Grandfather, Morris W. Morris (stage name Lewis Morrison), was of English and wealthy Spanish ancestry. Constance's sister, actress Joan Bennett, discussed this, in detail, in her 1970 autobiography "The Bennett Playbill".

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 Bennett.

Her 1931 contract with Warner Brothers, $300,000 for 2 films, made her the highest-paid film player up to that time and reportedly inspired tax legislation aimed at the film industry.

Her stage acting debut: Noel Coward's "Easy Virtue", 1940.

Interred at Arlington National Cemetery , Arlington, Virginia, USA. Specific interment location: Section 3, Lot 2231-A, Grid P-13.

Most references give Constance's birth year wrongly as 1905, corrected to 1904 by sister Joan in her autobiography. Her age at death accordingly was 60, not 59 as usually stated.

Mother-in-law of Dan Barton.

Screen & stage actress.

She sang with her own voice in films, on stage, and in a nightclub act 1956-62 in which she parodied early rock-n-roll.

Sister of Barbara Bennett & Joan Bennett.

Sister-in-law of Morton Downey.