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Lois Wilson

Lois Wilson, pretty by normal human standards, seemed to be relegated in Hollywood to the most unglamorous of heroines, but her acting skills brought them to life. Her best surviving film is Miss Lulu Bett (1921) as the spinster sister virtually enslaved by her family, who dares to break free for a life of her own. She also garnered great notices for the now lost Only 38 (1923), where she played a still young widow expected to spend the rest of her life in dutiful mourning. She plays the appealing but conventional heroine in The Covered Wagon (1923), her most popular film, and as a glamorous change of pace, landed the role of Daisy in the now lost The Great Gatsby (1926). Wilson moved into character parts in the talkies, appearing in films into the late 40s. She was also a regular in the TV soap The Guiding Light.

On the Web

Bio on Golden Silents

The Internet Movie Database filmography

The Silent Ladies photo gallery

Wilson's entry in The Blue Book of the Screen (1923)

Wilson's entry in Stars of the Photoplay (1924)

Review of Manslaughter on Silents are Golden

The Covered Wagon, featured video of the month on Silents are Golden

Review of Monsieur Beaucaire on Silents are Golden

Silent Films Available on Video

Miss Lulu Bett (1921)
Available from Unknown Video
Manslaughter (1922)
Available from Kino Video
The Covered Wagon (1923)
Available from Movies Unlimited
Monsieur Beaucaire (1924)
Available from Movies Unlimited
The Vanishing American (1925)
Available from Movies Unlimited
The Show-Off (1926)
Available from Kino Video
Unsung Divas

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Last revised November 28, 2008