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Prevost, Marie, 1898-1937

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Personal name headingPrevost, Marie, 1898-1937
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Variant(s)Prevost, Marie, 1893-1937
Dunn, Marie Bickford, 1898-1937
Dunn, Mary Bickford, 1898-1937
Birth date1898-11-08
Death date1937-01-23
Place of birthSarnia (Ont.)
Place of deathHollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Profession or occupationActors
Found inKeystone Hotel [MP] 1947: credits (with Marie Prevost)
Halliwell's Filmgoer's companion, 1983 (Marie Prevost; b. 1893 d. 1937; AKA Marie Bickford Dunn)
IMDb, October 5, 2016 (Marie Prevost (1898-1937); Marie Prevost was born Mary Bickford Dunn in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, on November 8, 1898; she broke into films when she was 18 years old in Unto Those Who Sin (1916); Marie found herself doing odd jobs until 1917, when she made another film, Secrets of a Beauty Parlor (1917); after filming was completed, Marie found herself unemployed again and went back to scraping around for a living; she kept going to casting calls, but it wasn't until 1919 when she landed a role in Uncle Tom Without a Cabin (1919); finally, in 1921, movie moguls discovered her talent and began casting her in a number of roles; she appeared in four films that year and an additional six in 1922; she stayed busy through the balance of the 1920s in a number of films, mostly comedies; she would continue making films until 1933, when her appeal began to fade; she made no films in 1934 and precious few after that; with the advent of sound her thick New England accent didn't lend itself well to the "demon microphone", despite her beauty; her depression about her career--or lack of it--drove her to alcohol, and she died on January 23, 1937, in Hollywood, of a combination of alcoholism and malnutrition, virtually broke and living in a dilapidated apartment), October 5, 2016 (Marie Prevost; November 8, 1898-January 21, 1937; Marie Prevost was born Mary Dunn in Canada (Sarnia) and moved to Hollywood with her family; she found success as a Sennett Bathing Beauty, eventually leaving for Universal Studios, then Warner Bros; she made the transition to sound, and in her career that spanned 21 years, she made 121 films; Marie lost her mother in a car wreck in 1926, and turned to booze and food; roles became more difficult to find; she began playing blowsy tough dames; she crashed dieted to get any work, and by 1937 she was so broke, she was borrowing money from Joan Crawford; she was found dead in her apartment on January 21, 1937; her estate was valued at about $300, prompting Hollywood to form the Motion Picture Relief Fund and the Motion Picture Country Home and Hospital)