Mildred Davis

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Mildred Davis
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Born (1901-02-22)February 22, 1901
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died August 18, 1969(1969-08-18) (aged 68)
Santa Monica, California, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1916–1949
Spouse(s) Harold Lloyd (1923–69)
Mildred Davis and Harold Lloyd in a scene still for the 1921 silent comedy Among Those Present.

Mildred Hillary Davis[1] (February 22, 1901 – August 18, 1969) was an American actress who appeared in many of Harold Lloyd's classic silent comedies and eventually became his wife.

Early life and career[edit]

Davis was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and educated at the "Friends School" there. After several years spent studying, she traveled to Los Angeles in the hopes of securing a role in a film. After appearing in several small roles, she caught the attention of Hal Roach, who pointed her out to comedian Harold Lloyd. Lloyd was looking for a leading lady to replace Bebe Daniels, and cast Davis in his comedy short From Hand to Mouth in 1919. It would be the first of fifteen films they would star in together.

On Saturday, February 10, 1923, she married Harold Lloyd. After their marriage Lloyd announced that Davis would not appear in any more motion pictures. After much persuasion on Davis' part she received Lloyd's consent for her return to the screen in Too Many Crooks, which Lloyd produced through his production company.

Personal life and death[edit]

Her brother was actor Jack Davis of Our Gang and later a prominent Beverly Hills physician. She and Harold Lloyd had three children including Gloria Lloyd and Harold Lloyd Jr. Davis was very active in Beverly Hills and as hostess at the Lloyds' estate, Greenacres, where she particularly enjoyed rose gardening. Mildred is the Grand Aunt of Carrie Mitchum, the Granddaughter of film legend Robert Mitchum, and the Great-Grand Aunt of Grace Van Dien and Wyatt Mitchum Cardone.

The couple remained very close for their entire life together. She found comfort in her strong friendships with actresses Marion Davies and Colleen Moore. She also developed a long-lasting friendship with Lloyd's assistant, Roy Brooks, who lived with them at Greenacres for over forty years.

Davis died from a coronary following a series of strokes in Santa Monica, California, in 1969.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
1916 Marriage à la Carte
1917 What'll We Do with Uncle?
Fighting Mad Lily Sawyer
1918 Bud's Recruit Edith's sister
A Weaver of Dreams Margery Gordon
1919 All Wrong Betty Thompson
Start Something
All at Sea
Call for Mr. Caveman
Giving the Bride Away
Looking for Trouble
Tough Luck
From Hand to Mouth The Girl
1920 Red Hot Hottentotts
Why Go Home?
The Floor Below
His Royal Slyness Princess Florelle
Getting His Goat
Haunted Spooks The Girl
An Eastern Westerner The Girl
High and Dizzy The Girl
Get Out and Get Under The Girl
Number, Please? The Girl
1921 Humor Risk
Now or Never The Girl
Among Those Present Miss O'Brien, The Girl
I Do Wife
Never Weaken The Girl
A Sailor-Made Man The Girl
1922 Grandma's Boy His Girl
Doctor Jack The Sick-Little-Well-Girl
1923 Safety Last! The Girl
Temporary Marriage Hazel Manners
Condemned The Girl
1927 Too Many Crooks Ceia Mason
1949 The Devil's Sleep Tessie T. Tesse

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vance, Jeffrey; Lloyd, Suzanne (2002). Harold Lloyd: Master Comedian. Harry N. Abrams. p. 52. ISBN 0-8109-1674-6. 

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