La Marr, Barbara (c. 1896–1926)

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La Marr, Barbara (c. 1896–1926)

American actress and screenwriter . Name variations: also billed as Barbara Deely and Barbara La Marr Deely; Barbara LaMarr. Born Rheatha Watson on July 28, 1896 (also seen as September 3, 1898), in Richmond, Virginia; died on January 30, 1926, in Hollywood, California; married Jack Daugherty.

Selected screenplays:

(story only) The Mother of His Children (1920); (story only) The Little Gray Mouse (1920); (story only) Rose of Nome (1920); (costory only) The Land of Jazz (1920); (story only) Flame of Youth (1920); (story only) My Husband's Wives (1924).

Selected films:

The Nut (1921); Desperate Trials (1921); The Three Musketeers (as Milady de Winter, 1921); Cinderella of the Hills (billed as Barbara La Marr Deely, 1921); Arabian Love (1922); Domestic Relations (1922); The Prisoner of Zenda (as Antoinette de Mauban, 1922); Trifling Women (in dual role, 1922); Quincy Adams Sawyer (1922); The Brass Bottle (1923); The Hero (1923); Poor Men's Wives (1923); Souls for Sale (1923); St. Elmo (1923); (cameo) Mary of the Movies (1923); Stranger of the Night (1923); The Eternal Struggle (1923); The Eternal City (1924); Thy Name Is Woman (1924); The White Moth (1924); Sandra (1924); Heart of a Siren (1925); The White Monkey (as Fleur Forsyte, 1925); The Girl From Montmartre (1926).

A former dancer and musical comedy star, Barbara La Marr had a brief career in silent movies before her death from a drug overdose at age 29. Considered one of the great beauties of her day and noted for her "vamp" roles, she rose to screen stardom with her portrayal of Milady de Winter in The Three Musketeers (1921), opposite Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. Her other notable films include The Prisoner of Zenda (1922) and The Eternal City (1924), but her scandal-driven private life drew as much attention as her acting. La Marr also wrote the stories for several screenplays and was billed in her early career as Barbara Deely or Barbara La Marr Deely.