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March 21, 1905|
Roswell, New Mexico
|Died||March 3, 1976
Born and raised in Roswell, New Mexico, Hill moved to Hollywood in the mid-1920s to pursue an acting career. First working as a vaudeville dancer, she received her first film acting role in 1926 when she starred alongside George O'Hara in Is That Nice?. She starred in seventeen films from 1926 to 1929, and unlike many silent film stars, she made a successful transition to talking films.
In 1929, along with future major Hollywood star Jean Arthur, Hill was selected as one of thirteen girls to be WAMPAS Baby Stars. On contract with Paramount Pictures, she starred in four films in 1930, most notably Sons of the Saddle with popular western actor Ken Maynard. Western film roles became her most common parts, with her often starring opposite Tom Tyler. In 1932, she starred in another six films, four of which were westerns. In 1933, she starred in four films, all westerns, and by 1934, her career had slowed to almost no roles.
Her last acting role was in the 1934 western Ridin' Gents opposite Jack Perrin and Ben Corbett. She retired and married actor George L. Derrick, but they divorced shortly after. She then married Hollywood director, producer and writer Monte Brice, and eventually moved to Kingman, Arizona. She died there on March 3, 1976.
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