Bebe Daniels

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Bebe Daniels, 1925

Bebe Daniels (born January 14, 1901 in Dallas , † March 16, 1971 in London ; actually Phyllis Virginia Daniels ) was an American actress .


Bebe Daniels was the only child of a Scottish theater director and his wife, an actress of Spanish descent. She played her first roles on stage at the age of four and made her film debut at the age of nine for the Selig Studios . In the next few years she worked in countless short films (so-called one-reelers ) and also attended a convent school in Los Angeles . At the age of 14, she switched to adult education and starred in numerous comedies by Hal Roach , often alongside Snub Pollard and Harold Lloyd . Between 1914 and 1918 she took part in no fewer than 200 films, most of which were parts of series (so-called serials ) such as Lonesome Luke or The Winckle , in which she appeared alongside Lloyd.

In 1919 Daniels switched to Paramount , where she became the protégée of Cecil B. DeMille and participated in numerous of his bed and bathroom romances , mostly alongside Gloria Swanson and Wallace Reid , such as In Errwege einer Ehe and The Affairs of Anatol . Mostly Daniels was used in light comedies, only occasionally she got the chance to show dramatic talent. Towards the middle of the decade, the popularity of Daniels also took the advent of Pola Negri and Clara Bow down, and only the advent of sound film revitalized her career.

She signed a contract with RKO and became one of the first musical stars alongside Bessie Love thanks to her participation in Rio Rita and Dixiana , the film adaptations of two popular Broadway shows . As the popularity of musicals waned, Daniels' traction also waned and she switched to Warner Brothers , which they used in 42nd Street , among other places ; her last film for Warner Brothers became Registered Nurse in 1934 .

Daniels went to England with her husband Ben Lyon in 1936 , where both quickly became popular actors in revues and in their own radio show for the BBC . After a brief return to Hollywood , where Lyons worked as a manager for 20th Century Fox , the couple returned to England for good in 1949. A new radio show, Life with the Lyons , became so popular that two B-films with Daniels and Lyons were made in the mid-1950s.

Bebe Daniels passed away just 8 days after the death of her former film partner Harold Lloyd.

Films (selection)

  • 1910: The Courtship of Miles Standish
  • 1910: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  • 1915: Lonesome Luke, Social Gangster
  • 1917: Move On
  • 1918: The Non-Stop Kid
  • 1918: Bride and Gloom
  • 1919: Bumping into Broadway
  • 1920: The Dancin 'Fool
  • 1920: wrong ways of a marriage
  • 1920: Sick Abed
  • 1921: The Affairs of Anatol
  • 1923: His Children's Children
  • 1924: Monsieur Beaucaire, the royal barber (Monsieur Beaucaire)
  • 1925: Miss Bluebeard
  • 1926: Volcano
  • 1927: She's a Sheik
  • 1928: Feel My Pulse
  • 1929: Rio Rita
  • 1930: Love Comes Along
  • 1930: aka French Gertie
  • 1930: Dixiana
  • 1930: Reaching for the Moon
  • 1931: My Past
  • 1931: The Stolen Jools
  • 1931: The Maltese Falcon
  • 1931: Honor of the Family
  • 1932: Silver Dollar
  • 1933: The 42nd Street ( 42nd Street )
  • 1933: Cocktail Hour
  • 1933: Counselor at Law
  • 1934: Registered Nurse
  • 1935: Music is Magic
  • 1953: Life with the Lyons
  • 1955: The Lyons in Paris


Gangster Al Capone was a huge fan of hers. When her jewelry worth several thousand dollars was stolen from a Chicago hotel in the 1920s , he took care of it personally. He announced that the jewelry should be in possession of Miss Daniels within 24 hours, otherwise ... The jewelry was returned the next day.

Web links

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