Lowell Sherman

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Lowell Sherman
The Greeks Had a Word for Them 2.jpg
Sherman with Ina Claire in The Greeks Had a Word for Them.
Born (1885-10-11)October 11, 1885
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Died December 28, 1934(1934-12-28) (aged 49)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Resting place
Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale
Occupation Actor
Years active 1904-1934
Spouse(s) Evelyn Booth (m. 1914; div. 1922)
Pauline Garon (m. 1926; div. 1930)
Helene Costello (m. 1930; div. 1932)

Lowell J. Sherman (October 11, 1885 – December 28, 1934) was an American actor and film director.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in San Francisco in 1885[1] (some sources list 1888),[2] Sherman began his career as a child actor appearing in many touring companies. As an adult he appeared on Broadway in such plays as Judith of Bethulia (1904) with Nance O'Neil and in David Belasco's 1905 smash hit The Girl of the Golden West with Blanche Bates where he was a young Pony Express rider. On Broadway in 1923 Sherman played the aptly suited Casanova in a play of that name. His leading lady was Katharine Cornell. His suave reputation was built after many years appearing in popular Broadway farces.[3]

By 1915 Sherman was appearing in silent films usually playing playboys or villains, as he had in the theatre, in such films as Way Down East (1920), Molly O' (1921), A Lady of Chance (1929) and later in talkies such as Ladies of Leisure (1930), and What Price Hollywood? (1932).[4]

Sherman's directing credits include The Greeks Had a Word for Them (United Artists, 1932) with Joan Blondell, She Done Him Wrong (Paramount Pictures, 1933) with Mae West, Morning Glory (RKO Radio Pictures, 1933) with Katharine Hepburn, and Broadway Through a Keyhole (20th Century Pictures, 1933) with Russ Columbo.

Personal life[edit]

Sherman was married three times and had no children. His first marriage was to actress Evelyn Booth, sister of playwright John Hunter Booth, whom he married on March 11, 1914.[5] Booth filed for divorce claiming that Sherman neglected to provide for her and was cruel. She was granted a divorce on March 19, 1922.[6] In 1926, he married actress Pauline Garon.[7] Sherman filed for divorce on January 25, 1929 claiming that Garon had deserted him in August 1928 at the insistence of her parents.[8][9] The divorce was granted in March 1929.[9] His third and final marriage was actress Helene Costello, the younger sister of Dolores Costello. They married on March 15, 1930 in Beverly Hills.[10] The couple separated in November 1931 and were divorced in May 1932.[11][12]


On December 28, 1934, Sherman died at a Los Angeles hospital of pneumonia.[13] Sherman is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale.[2]

At the time of his death, Sherman was directing Becky Sharp. The footage Sherman shot was not used and Rouben Mamoulian reshot the film.[7]




  • The Pay-Off (1930)
  • The Royal Bed (1931)
  • Bachelor Apartment(1931)
  • High Stakes (1931)
  • The Greeks Had a Word for Them (1932)
  • Ladies of the Jury (1932)
  • False Faces (1932)
  • She Done Him Wrong (1933)
  • Morning Glory (1933)
  • Broadway Through a Keyhole (1933)
  • Born to Be Bad (1934)
  • Night Life of the Gods (1935)


  1. ^ Focus on Film, Volumes 19-31. Tantivy Press. 1974. p. 41. 
  2. ^ a b Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland & Company Incorporated Pub. p. 70. ISBN 0-786-40983-5. 
  3. ^ Lowell Sherman at Internet Broadway Database
  4. ^ Lowell Sherman at allmovie.com database
  5. ^ Focus on Film, Volumes 19-31. Tantivy Press. 1974. p. 42. 
  6. ^ "Telegraphic Briefs". The Day. March 30, 1922. p. 1. 
  7. ^ a b Slide, Anthony (2002). Silent Players: A Biographical and Autobiographical Study of 100 Silent Film Actors and Actresses. The University Press of Kentucky. p. 346. ISBN 0-813-12249-X. 
  8. ^ "Lowell Sherman Suing Actress For Divorce". San Jose News. January 25, 1929. p. 1. 
  9. ^ a b "Star Granted Divorce". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. March 7, 1929. p. 1. 
  10. ^ "Helene Costello Weds Film Actor". The Pittsburgh Press. March 16, 1930. p. 1. 
  11. ^ "Accuses Actress In Divorce Suit". Herald-Journal. December 2, 1931. p. 1. 
  12. ^ "Helene Costello Is Granted Divorce After Court Drama". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. May 11, 1932. p. 1. 
  13. ^ "Lowell Sherman Is Claimed By Death". The Evening Argus. December 29, 1934. p. 1. 

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