Marguerite De La Motte
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|Marguerite De La Motte|
June 22, 1902|
Duluth, Minnesota, U.S.
|Died||March 10, 1950
San Francisco, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||John Bowers (1924–1936)|
Marguerite De La Motte (June 22, 1902 – March 10, 1950) was an American film actress, most notably of the silent film era.
Born in Duluth, Minnesota, De La Motte began her entertainment career studying ballet under Anna Pavlova. In 1919 she became the dance star of Sid Grauman on the stage of his theater. In 1918, at the age of 16, she made her screen debut in the Douglas Fairbanks, Sr directed romantic comedy film Arizona. In 1920 she lost both of her parents, her mother in January in an automobile accident and her father in August from heart disease. Film producer J.L. Frothingham assumed guardianship of her and her younger brother.
De La Motte spent the 1920s appearing in numerous films, often cast by Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. to play opposite him in swashbuckling adventure films such as 1920's The Mark of Zorro and The Three Musketeers. She developed a close friendship with Fairbanks and his wife, actress Mary Pickford. De La Motte would also appear opposite such notable actors of the "Roaring Twenties" as Bela Lugosi, Milton Sills, Conrad Nagel, Owen Moore, Lon Chaney, John Gilbert and Noah Beery, Sr.
De La Motte's career as an actress slowed dramatically at the end of the silent film era of the 1920s. She did continue acting in bit parts through the sound era and made her final appearance in the 1942 film Overland Mail opposite both Noah Beery, Sr. and Noah Beery, Jr., as well as Lon Chaney, Jr.
De La Motte was married twice. She first wed silent film actor John Bowers in 1924, who was then a matinee idol of silver screen. The couple were separated at the time when Bowers committed suicide in 1936. De La Motte later married attorney Sidney H. Rivkin whom she later divorced after four years of marriage. Marguerite's cousin was Clete Roberts, American war correspondent and journalist, who appeared in two episodes of M*A*S*H* in the 1970s. In the 1930s when Roberts moved to Los Angeles he was Marguerite's houseguest and drove her Marmon convertible car.
Later years and death
After her film career ended, De La Motte worked as an inspector in a southern California war plant during World War II. Later she came to San Francisco, California, where she worked in the Red Cross office.
On March 10, 1950, De La Motte died of cerebral thrombosis in San Francisco, three months short of her 48th birthday. For her contribution as an actress to the motion picture industry, Marguerite De La Motte was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6902 Hollywood Blvd., in Hollywood, California.
|1919||A Sagebrush Hamlet||Dora Lawrence|
|1920||The Mark of Zorro||Lolita Pulido|
|1920||The Broken Gate||Anne Oglesby|
|1921||The Nut||Estrell Wynn|
|1921||The Ten Dollar Raise||Dorothy|
|1921||The Three Musketeers||Constance Bonacieux|
|1922||Fools of Fortune||Marion DePuyster|
|1923||The Famous Mrs. Fair||Sylvia Fair|
|1923||Richard the Lion-Hearted||Lady Edith Plantagenet|
|1924||The Beloved Brute||Jacinta|
|1924||East of Broadway||Judy McNulty|
|1925||Cheaper to Marry||Doris|
|1925||Daughters Who Pay||Sonia Borisoff/Margaret Smith|
|1925||The Girl Who Wouldn't Work||Mary Hale|
|1926||Pals in Paradise||Geraldine "Jerry" Howard|
|1926||The Last Frontier||Beth|
|1926||Pals in Paradise||Geraldine 'Jerry' Howard|
|1927||The Final Extra||Ruth Collins|
|1929||The Iron Mask||Constance|
|1930||Shadow Ranch||Ruth Cameron|
|1934||A Woman's Man||Gloria Jordan|
|1941||Reg'lar Fellers||Mrs. Dugan|
|1942||The Man Who Returned to Life||Mrs. Hibbard|
|1942||Overland Mail||Rose, the Waitress|
- Brettell, Andrew; King, Noel; Kennedy, Damien; Imwold, Denise (2005). Cut!: Hollywood Murders, Accidents, and Other Tragedies. Leonard, Warren Hsu; von Rohr, Heather. Barrons Educational Series. p. 71. ISBN 0-7641-5858-9.
- "Miss De La Motte, 47, Star of Silent Films". The New York Times. 1950-03-11. p. 15.
- New York Times, "Marguerite De La Motte III", February 28, 1950, Page 21.
- Rothwell-Smith, Paul. Silent Films! the Performers (2011) ISBN 9781907540325
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