July 23, 1901|
Decatur, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||March 14, 1977
Clearwater, Florida, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||William Russell (1925-1929) (his death)
Richard L. Hargreaves (1930-1941) (his death)
Born in Decatur, Illinois in 1901, she graduated from Nicholas High School of Chicago and the Academy of Fine Arts. Ferguson was a newspaper reporter before entering the motion picture field.
It is thought she made her debut in films in 1914, although her first recorded credits are in 1917. She soon starred in roles for Fox Film Corporation by 1920, which is when her career really took off with films such as Hungry Hearts (1922) for Samuel Goldwyn. She was cast mostly in westerns, comedies, and serials. She was selected as a WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1922.
She married actor William Russell in 1925, but he died in 1929. The following year, she married wealthy banker Richard L. Hargreaves. Following her second marriage, she left films to concentrate on stage work, though she only received minimal success in this medium.
In 1933, she left acting altogether to focus on publicity work, a job she became very successful in and which made her a major power in Hollywood, because she was representing such big name stars as Henry Fonda, Barbara Stanwyck, and Robert Taylor, among others. Ferguson represented actress Loretta Young for more than nineteen years. She kept reporters from needlessly disturbing Young and was considered one of the foremost "suppress agents" in Hollywood.
Helen Ferguson has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions to Motion Pictures at 6153 Hollywood Blvd.
- Max Wants a Divorce (1917)
- The End of the Road (1919)
- The Mutiny of the Elsinore (1920)
- Just Pals (1920)
- The Freeze-Out (1921)
- Miss Lulu Bett (1921)
- Hungry Hearts (1922)
- The Famous Mrs. Fair (1923)
- Brass (1923)
- Within the Law (1923)
- Double Dealing (1923)
- The Unknown Purple (1923)
- The Scarlet West (1925)
- Wild West (1925)
- Casey of the Coast Guard (1926)
- The Fire Fighters (1927)
- In Old California (1929)
- Scarlet Pages (1930)
- Oakland Tribune, "Helen Ferguson to Wed Veteran Film Star", June 21, 1925, p. 1
- Pasadena Independent Star-News, "Loretta Young", March 6, 1960, p. 86
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