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Also Known As: Died: July 24, 1965
Born: October 22, 1904 Cause of Death: cerebral hemorrhage
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, businesswoman

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One of a trio of sisters who first brightened movie screens during the tail end of the silent era, Constance Bennett was considered to be the most beautiful of the Bennett siblings. The eldest of the girls, Constance was followed by Barbara, who had the shortest career, and Joan, who was the most successful, but she was the first to really make her mark in Hollywood. She easily made the transition to talkies and quickly became a popular star in features for MGM, Warner Bros. and RKO, notably "What Price Hollywood?" (1932) and "Bed of Roses" (1933). While not among the most gifted actresses of her generation, Bennett was an able comedienne and more than competent when it came to the sort of dramatic plotlines she was assigned. Additionally, she was simply stunning to look at with her trademark slim figure and eye-catching blonde pageboy. The New York City native was also a tough negotiator who refused to be pushed around by the men in her life. "Topper" (1937) and "Two-Faced Woman" (1941) provided enjoyable showcases for her comic talents, but by the time the latter hit theatres, Bennett's career was starting to decline and it eventually took a backseat to other pursuits in her life. Although sibling...

One of a trio of sisters who first brightened movie screens during the tail end of the silent era, Constance Bennett was considered to be the most beautiful of the Bennett siblings. The eldest of the girls, Constance was followed by Barbara, who had the shortest career, and Joan, who was the most successful, but she was the first to really make her mark in Hollywood. She easily made the transition to talkies and quickly became a popular star in features for MGM, Warner Bros. and RKO, notably "What Price Hollywood?" (1932) and "Bed of Roses" (1933). While not among the most gifted actresses of her generation, Bennett was an able comedienne and more than competent when it came to the sort of dramatic plotlines she was assigned. Additionally, she was simply stunning to look at with her trademark slim figure and eye-catching blonde pageboy. The New York City native was also a tough negotiator who refused to be pushed around by the men in her life. "Topper" (1937) and "Two-Faced Woman" (1941) provided enjoyable showcases for her comic talents, but by the time the latter hit theatres, Bennett's career was starting to decline and it eventually took a backseat to other pursuits in her life. Although sibling Joan ultimately had the longer and brighter career, Constance Bennett made the most of her time in the upper echelon of Hollywood and still impressed viewers decades later with her seemingly effortless beauty and sophistication.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Madame X (1966) Estelle
3.
 As Young As You Feel (1951) Lucille McKinley
4.
 Angel on the Amazon (1948) Dr. Karen Lawrence
5.
 Smart Woman (1948) Paula Rogers
6.
 The Unsuspected (1947) Jane Moynihan
7.
 Centennial Summer (1946) Zenia Lascalles
8.
 Paris--Underground (1945) Kitty de Mornay
9.
 Wild Bill Hickok Rides (1942) Belle Andrews
10.
 Madame Spy (1942) Joan Bannister
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1915:
Had bit part in medium-length film, "The Valley of Decision," directed by father Richard Bennett
1922:
After a bit in "Reckless Youth," began acting career in "Evidence"
:
Achieved leading lady status in the mid-1920s but left after several years when she married
:
Returned to Hollywood after being divorced; became popular star under contract to RKO in 1929
1933:
Last film under RKO contract, "After Tonight"; begins free-lancing
1937:
Co-starred with Cary Grant as the ghostly George and Marian Kerby in her best-remembered film, "Topper"
1940:
Stage debut in Noel Coward's "Easy Virtue"
1945:
First film as producer (also actress), "Paris Underground"
1948:
Formed Bennett Productions to make "Smart Woman" (also actress)
1966:
Last film, "Madame X"
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husband:
Chester Hirst Moorehead. Briefly married in 1921; annulled.
husband:
Phillip Plant. Married in 1925; divorced.
husband:
Henry de la Falaise de la Coudray. Married in 1931; divorced in 1940; formerly married to Gloria Swanson.
husband:
Gilbert Roland. Actor. Married in 1941; divorced in 1945.
husband:
John Coulter. Air Force Colonel. Married from 1946 until her death.
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grandfather:
Lewis Morrison. Actor. Born in 1845; died in 1906; famed for role of Mephistopheles in "Faust"; maternal grandfather.
grandmother:
Rose Wood. Actor. Born in 1845; died in 1932; popular 19th-century ingenue descended from English theatrical family; maternal grandmother.
father:
Richard Bennett. Actor, director. Born in 1873; died in 1944; divorced from Adrienne Morrison in 1925.
mother:
Adrienne Morrison. Actor. Born in 1883; died in 1940; divorced from Richard Bennett in 1925.
sister:
Barbara Bennett. Actor. Born in 1906; died in 1958.
sister:
Joan Bennett. Actor. Born in 1910; died in 1990.
son:
Robert Plant. Born c. 1929; survived her.
daughter:
Lorinda Roland. Survived her.
daughter:
Christina Alonso Roland. Born in December 1941; survived her.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"The Bennett Playbill" Holt, Rinehart and Winston

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bergy7 ( 2008-01-09 )

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Son's name was Peter Philip Plant, not Robert Plant.

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