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Love for Bessie Love


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Her pretty face got her in the movies, her talent kept her there.


The airing of Chasing Rainbows (1929) was a little remarked event this morning.  Starring in it was Bessie Love, a terrific song-and-dance performer in the early sound era.  A vibrant entertainer, who could dance, sing, and play instruments, she was such a brilliant packet of energy on the screen, it comes as a surprise her silent film career was just as big.  Though she was nominated for Best Actress for Broadway Melody (1929, the first soundie to win for Best Picture), she was noted for her performances in many silents, and credited for first dancing the Charleston on screen.  From the way she talked and her mannerisms, and the easy way she transitioned from dialog into performance, you'd think she grew up as a vaudeville player from Brooklyn, or Hoboken.  But she was really from Texas, and, moving with her family to Hollywood, started in pictures with D. W. Griffith.  It was only after her film career dwindled in the early Thirties that she moved onto the stage--in England.  



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