Diane Ellis

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Diane Ellis
Diane Ellis in High Voltage 2.jpg
in the film High Voltage (1929)
Born (1909-12-20)December 20, 1909
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died December 15, 1930(1930-12-15) (aged 20)
Madras, India
Occupation Actress
Years active 1927–1930

Diane Ellis (December 20, 1909 – December 15, 1930) was an American actress.

Ellis worked as a secretary for the "Film Research Bureau" before being cast in several films. She made her film debut in 1927 in Is Zat So? in a featured role, which was followed by a co-starring role opposite Louise Fazenda in The Cradle Snatchers. She played the romantic lead opposite Buck Jones in Chain Lightning (1927). Happiness Ahead (1928) was a high profile release, starring the popular actresses Colleen Moore and Lilyan Tashman.

High Voltage (1929) was a box-office success and Ellis' first full talking picture. It is also notable as the first "talkie" made by Carole Lombard. Ellis's final film, Laughter (1930), featured her in a romantic triangle along with Fredric March and Nancy Carroll. It was the biggest role of her career, and the film won critical acclaim; later in life March cited it as one of the favorites of his films.

On October 14, 1930, Ellis married Stephen Caldwell Millett Jr. in France, and it was during their honeymoon in India that she fell ill with an infection, and died in Madras.

Sources[edit]

  • Ott, Frederick W., The Films of Carole Lombard, The Citadel Press, 1972, ISBN 0-8065-0278-9
  • Quirk, Lawrence J., The Films of Fredric March, The Citadel Press, 1974, ISBN 0-8065-0413-7

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