Barbara Bennett

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Barbara Bennett
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Born Barbara Jane Bennett
(1906-08-13)August 13, 1906
Palisades Park, New Jersey, U.S.
Died August 8, 1958(1958-08-08) (aged 51)
Montréal, Québec, Canada
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Morton Downey (m. 1929–41)
divorced; 5 children
Addison Randall (m. 1941–45); his death
Laurent Suprenant (m. 1954–58); her death

Barbara Jane Bennett (August 13, 1906 – August 8, 1958) was an American silent film actress.

Born into an acting family, she was the daughter of actor Richard Bennett and actress Adrienne Morrison, whose father was the stage actor Lewis Morrison. Her sisters were actresses Constance and Joan Bennett.

Bennett married three times in her lifetime. Her first husband was tenor Morton Downey. They married on January 28, 1929, and had five children: adopted son Michael, daughter Lorelle, and sons Morton Downey Jr, who would go on to fame as a television personality, Anthony, and Kevin. They divorced in June 1941. Bennett later married actor Addison Randall, a popular romantic star and singing cowboy at the time. On July 16, 1945, Randall died after suffering a heart attack and falling from a horse during the filming of The Royal Mounted Rides Again. Bennett married Laurent Suprenant in 1954. They remained together until her death four years later.

Barbara Bennett should not be confused with the character of the Redbook writer of the same name in the 1981 film Mommie Dearest, portrayed by actress Jocelyn Brando (older sister of actor Marlon Brando). Bennett was never a magazine writer, although she once worked as a literary representative for producer Walter Wanger. In that position Bennett scouted best-sellers and the like as potential movie properties, especially for Wanger's wife, her sister Joan.[1]


Barbara Bennett Suprenant committed suicide[2] five days before her 52nd birthday in Montréal, Québec, Canada.


  1. ^ "Brian Kellow, "The Bennetts: An Acting Family", University of Kentucky Press, 2004
  2. ^ Brooks, Louise (1989) [Originally published 1983]. "Kansas to New York". Lulu in Hollywood (1989 Limelight ed.). New York: Limelight Editions. p. 13. ISBN 0-87910-125-3. OCLC 639598800. "Barbara made a career of her emotions. Periods of work or marriage were terminated by her frightening, abandoned laughter of despair and failure. Only her death, in 1958, achieved in her fifth suicide attempt, could be termed a success." 

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