Ramon Novarro and Barbara La Marr.
Still from Thy Name is Woman, directed by Fred Niblo. (Louis B. Mayer Productions, 1924)
Barbara La Marr
Barbara La Marr by Hoover
Barbara LaMarr cover of Photoplay magazine, April 1923
Barbara La Marr, known as “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” or “The Girl Who Is Too Beautiful,” packed a whole lot of living into her short 29 years. At 14, she was arrested for underage burlesque dancing. At 16, she testified against her half-sister who was charged with kidnapping her. At 17, she was married, and before her death she would be married five times. She gave birth to one child, a son named Marvin Carville La Marr, whom she “adopted” publicly. His named later became Don Gallery, and he was raised by actress ZaSu Pitts and her husband Tom Gallery after Barbara’s death.
Barbara La Marr began in Hollywood as a screenwriter, but her beauty was such that she soon began appearing in films as well. She became quite popular and appeared in over 25 films between 1920 and her death in 1926. During this time she also became enamored of Hollywood nightlife, and was rumored to only sleep two hours a night because there was too much life to live. She allegedly became addicted to morphine after an injury while filming a movie, and drugs and alcohol probably helped fuel her demise, but she officially died from tuberculosis and nephritis in 1926. Her funeral was attended by an estimated 40,000 mourners.
Happy birthday, Barbara.
(photo via Performing Arts / Artes Escénicas)
Barbara La Marr