Marguerite De La Motte

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Marguerite De La Motte
Marguerite De La Motte from Stars of the Photoplay.jpg
Born (1902-06-22)June 22, 1902
Duluth, Minnesota, U.S.
Died March 10, 1950(1950-03-10) (aged 47)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1918–1942
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, both of her parents died, 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 in 1921.

She 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. Her 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.

Personal life[edit]

De La Motte was married twice. She first wed silent film actor John Bowers in 1924, who was then a matinee idol of the 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.[1] Her cousin, Clete Roberts, was an American war correspondent and journalist, who appeared in two episodes of the television series M*A*S*H* in the 1970s.

Later years[edit]

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.[1]


On March 10, 1950, De La Motte died of cerebral thrombosis in San Francisco, three months short of her 48th birthday.[2] For her contributions as an actress to the motion picture industry, De La Motte was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6902 Hollywood Blvd., in Hollywood, California.

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
1918 Arizona Lena
1919 Josselyn's Wife Lizzie
1919 A Sagebrush Hamlet Dora Lawrence
1919 For A Woman's Honor Helen Rutherford
1920 The Hope Lady Brenda Carylon
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
1924 In Love with Love Ann Jordan
1925 Cheaper to Marry Doris
1925 Daughters Who Pay Sonia Borisoff/Margaret Smith
1925 The Girl Who Wouldn't Work Mary Hale
1926 Red Dice Beverly Vane
1926 Meet the Prince Annabelle Ford
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


  1. ^ a b 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. 
  2. ^ "Miss De La Motte, 47, Star of Silent Films". The New York Times. 1950-03-11. p. 15. 
  • "Marguerite De La Motte III". New York Times. February 28, 1950. p. 21. 

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