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in the film High Voltage (1929)
December 20, 1909|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Died||December 15, 1930
Diane Ellis (December 20, 1909 – December 15, 1930) was an American actress.
Ellis worked as a secretary for the "Film Research Bureau" before being cast in several films. She made her film debut in 1927 in Is Zat So? in a featured role, which was followed by a co-starring role opposite Louise Fazenda in Cradle Snatchers. She played the romantic lead opposite Buck Jones in Chain Lightning (1927). Happiness Ahead (1928) was a high profile release, starring the popular actresses Colleen Moore and Lilyan Tashman.
High Voltage (1929) was a box-office success and Ellis' first full talking picture. It is also notable as the first "talkie" made by Carole Lombard. Ellis's final film, Laughter (1930), featured her in a romantic triangle along with Fredric March and Nancy Carroll. It was the biggest role of her career, and the film won critical acclaim; later in life March cited it as one of the favorites of his films.
- Ott, Frederick W., The Films of Carole Lombard, The Citadel Press, 1972, ISBN 0-8065-0278-9
- Quirk, Lawrence J., The Films of Fredric March, The Citadel Press, 1974, ISBN 0-8065-0413-7
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