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Born June 18, 1896 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Died September 6, 1986 in New York City, New York, USA  (stroke)

Birth Name Sarah Blanche Sweet

Nicknames Sweet
The Biograph Blonde

Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Born into a family of show people, Blanche first appeared on the stage when she was 18 months old. Blanche was a dancer by the time she was four and a talented actress by 1909 when she started work at Biograph with D.W. Griffith. At 14, she was two years younger than Mary Pickford, but her maturity and appearance soon lead to leading roles. She starred in such films as The Lonedale Operator (1911) and Judith of Bethulia (1914). Unlike most of the frail roles for women of her day, her presence was smart and resourceful. She left Biograph in 1914 and worked with Cecil B. DeMille in The Warrens of Virginia (1915). A popular and independent actress, she worked for many studio's and directors in the age of silent movies. In 1922, she married director Marshall Neilan, who would direct her in Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1924). The marriage ended in divorce in 1929. In 1923, she starred in Anna Christie (1923), directed by John Griffith Wray, the first Eugene O'Neill (I) play to reach the screen. Even before the talkies appeared, her career was in decline. She made three talking pictures including Show Girl in Hollywood(1930). This was to be the last film that Blanche Sweet appeared in before retiring. Her line, in the movie, about being washed up at 32 in Hollywood was close to the truth for her. She was 34. After that she retired from the screen and returned to the Stage. She appeared in plays on Broadway and with touring companies and also worked in radio during the thirties. Blanche married one of her stage co-stars, Raymond Hackett, in 1936 and remained married until his death in 1958.

Blanche Sweet was born Sarah Blanche Sweet on June 18, 1896 in Chicago, Illinois. Her parents were vaudeville actors and she began performing at the age of four. In 1909 she signed a contract with Biograph studios. She made dozens of films and became known as "The Biograph Blonde". Blanche had a highly publicized affair with director Marshall Neilan. He divorced his wife and they were married in 1922. By this time Blanche was one of the most successful actresses in Hollywood. She won rave reviews for her performances in Anna Christie and Tess of the D'Urbervilles (which was directed by Neilan). Unfortunately when the talkies came Blanche's career suffered. One of her last film roles was playing a washed up actress in Show Girl In Hollywood. In 1929 her marriage to Marshall ended. She spent the next few years working on radio shows and in the theater. Blanche married stage actor Raymond Hackett in 1935. Eventually she quit show business and got a job at a department store. She and Raymond remained happily married until his death in 1958. They never had children. She started acting again and appeared in several television shows. Blanche also worked with film historians and gave lectures about the early days of Hollywood. She would spend her final years living in New York City. Blanche died on September 9, 1986 from a stroke. She was cremated and her ashes were scattered in Brooklyn's botanical gardens.

Originally posted 2018-01-03 07:06:18.

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