Marie Mosquini

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Marie Mosquini
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Who's Who on the Screen, 1920
Marie de Esy

(1899-12-03)December 3, 1899
DiedFebruary 21, 1983(1983-02-21) (aged 83)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other namesMarie De Forest
Years active1917–1929
Spouse(s)Roy Harlow (? - ?)
(m. 1930; died 1961)

Marie Mosquini (born Marie de Esy;[1] December 3, 1899 – February 21, 1983) was an American film actress.


Born in 1899, Mosquini appeared in more than 200 silent films between 1917 and 1929. After leaving high school she became the resident ingenue at the Hal Roach studio, appearing opposite Roach's comedy stars Harold Lloyd, Snub Pollard, and Stan Laurel.

In 1919, Roach formed a company headed by Pollard, with Mosquini as leading lady. They later became engaged.[2] Mosquini was married to Roy Harlow, and they had one child who died at birth. In a two-year span, Harlow sued Mosquini twice for divorce. The first case was dismissed, and they reconciled. The second suit brought a cross-complaint from Mosquini, and the Los Angeles Times reported on December 31, 1925, that Mosquini "will receive a divorce decree today".[3] He also sued Mosquini's mother for alienation of his wife's affections.[3] After obtaining a divorce from Harlow in October 1930,[4] Mosquini retired from acting and married an inventor 26 years her senior: Lee de Forest. She became his fourth and longest-lasting wife, staying with him until his death in 1961.[5] In 1967, Mosquini donated her husband's papers and historic prototypes to the Perham Foundation, now held at History San Jose. In 1968, she became a Novice Class amateur radio operator; her call sign was WB6ZJR. In 1973, she participated in a radio broadcast celebrating the centennial of her husband's birth.[6]

She was born and died in Los Angeles, California.

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  1. ^ "De Forest Reported Wed a Week Ago". The New York Times. October 10, 1930. p. 18. ProQuest 98805725. Retrieved February 9, 2021 – via ProQuest.
  2. ^ "Snub's Engaged; So Is Marie Mosquini; Yes, It's to Each Other, Too". The Wichita Beacon. March 26, 1922. p. 24. Retrieved June 14, 2021 – via
  3. ^ a b "Matrimony discords to terminate". Los Angeles Times. December 31, 1925. p. 26. Retrieved June 14, 2021 – via
  4. ^ Adams, Mike (2011). Lee de Forest: King of Radio, television, and Film. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 369. ISBN 978-1-4614-0418-7. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  5. ^ Froehlich, F.E.; Kent, A. (1992). The Froehlich/Kent Encyclopedia of Telecommunications: Volume 5 – Crystal and Ceramic Filters to Digital-Loop Carrier. Encyclopedia of Telecommunications. Taylor & Francis. p. 288. ISBN 978-0-8247-2903-5. Retrieved May 20, 2021.
  6. ^ "Robert Ballantine W8SU Mrs Lee deForest *WB6ZJR* 1896-1983 (2006)" (PDF). Archived from the original on October 27, 2009. Retrieved October 9, 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)

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