Beatrice Roberts

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This article is about the American actress. For Margaret Thatcher's mother, see Alfred Roberts.
Beatrice Roberts
Beatrice Roberts.jpg
Roberts in Park Avenue Logger, 1937
Born Alice Beatrice Roberts
(1905-03-07)March 7, 1905
Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
Died July 24, 1970(1970-07-24) (aged 65)
Plymouth, Massachusetts, U.S.
Cause of death Pneumonia
Nationality American
Occupation Actress
Years active 1933–1970
Spouse(s) Robert L. Ripley
(1919–1926; divorced),
John Wesley Smith

Alice Beatrice Roberts (March 7, 1905 – July 24, 1970) was an American film actress.[1] She was briefly married to the cartoonist and showman Robert L. Ripley.


Roberts was born on March 7, 1905 in New York City.[1] She married Robert Ripley at age 18 on October 31, 1919, about the time he invented his Believe It or Not cartoon strip.[1] The marriage was short lived—they separated three months later and were divorced in 1926.[1] Ripley never spoke about the marriage, calling himself a "confirmed bachelor".

After her marriage, Roberts entered several beauty pageants including the 1924 and 1925 Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey (as Miss Manhattan, 1924, and Miss Greater New York, 1925). She won the "Most Beautiful Girl in Evening Gown" award each time.[1]

She went to Hollywood in 1933 and between then and 1946, she appeared in nearly 60 films, including Tall Timber (1937) and Love Takes Flight (also 1937), in which she starred opposite Bruce Cabot. Many of her roles were small and uncredited. Her most notable role was that of Queen Azura in Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars, a 1938 serial.[1]

In the 1940s, Roberts married John Wesley Smith.

Her last movie contract was with Universal, and her final appearances were in Criss-Cross and Family Honeymoon. Her acting career never becoming the success she had dreamed of, she left Hollywood in 1949. She died in Plymouth, Massachusetts from pneumonia, aged 65.

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  1. ^ a b c d e f Eder, Bruce. "Beatrice Roberts". The New York Times. Retrieved May 13, 2014. 

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