Wanda Hawley

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Wanda Hawley
Wanda Hawley Who's Who on the Screen.jpg
Wanda Hawley, 1920
Born Selma Wanda Pittack
(1895-07-30)July 30, 1895
Pennsylvania, USA
Died March 18, 1963(1963-03-18) (aged 67)
Los Angeles, USA
Other names Wanda Petit
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Allen Burton Hawley (divorced)

Wanda Hawley (a.k.a. Wanda Petit), (July 30, 1895 – March 18, 1963) was a veteran American actress of the silent screen films era. She entered the theatrical profession with an amateur group in Seattle, and later toured the U.S. and Canada as a singer. She co-starred with Rudolph Valentino in the 1922 The Young Rajah, and rose to stardom in a number of Cecil B. DeMille and director Sam Wood's films.

Life and career[edit]

Hawley was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, but together with her family moved to Seattle, Washington, when she was a child. She received her education in Seattle.

Hawley made her screen debut with the Fox Film Corporation and after playing with them for eight months joined Famous Players-Lasky and appeared as leading lady for Douglas Fairbanks, in Mr. Fix-It (1918).

She had also appeared opposite William S. Hart, Charlie Ray, Bryant Washburn, Wally Reid and others. She was five feet three inches high, weighed a hundred and ten pounds, and had blond hair and greyish blue eyes. She was an able sportswoman.[1]

With the advent of sound, Hawley's career ended, and she reportedly was working as a call girl in San Francisco by the early 1930s. She is interred in the Abbey of Psalms in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California.

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Fox, Charles Donald; Silver, Milton L. (1920). "Wanda Hawley". Who's Who on the Screen. New York City: Ross Publishing. 
  • Ankerich, Michael G. (2010). Dangerous Curves atop Hollywood Heels: The Lives, Careers, and Misfortunes of 14 Hard-Luck Girls of the Silent Screen. BearManor. ISBN 1-59393-605-2. 

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