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Helen Marie Twelvetrees (December 25, 1908–February 13, 1958) was an American stage and screen performer, considered a top female star in the early days of sound films. Wikipedia

Age: 49 (age at death)
Born: 25th December, 1908, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died: 13th February, 1958, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Height: 5' 3" (160 cm)
Nationality: American
Claim to Fame: The Painted Desert, WAMPAS Baby Star of 1929

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First husband, Clark Twelvetrees was a despairing alcoholic who tried to commit suicide by throwing himself out a seventh floor window. He was saved by landing on a second floor awning. The tabloids accused Helen of deliberately pushing him out the window and was only released from custody after her husband regained consciousness and was able to tell the truth.

 

She met her first husband, Clark Twelvetrees, while both were enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Art. They eloped to Greenwich, Connecticut in 1927. They both worked in New York's theatre town -- she as an actress and he as a stage manager -- but he couldn't get his acting career going and turned to alcohol. They divorced in 1931 and he died seven years later of acute alcoholism following a street brawl.

 

I`m tired of taking the blame if the picture wasn`t good. A star`s years on the screen are limited. The featured players have many years. A star has too much footage in the picture. It seems to me I`m the perpetually pure-at-heart street- walker, always drooping over bars while some director says, `Now, Helen, you must be very sweet about this naughty line. Remember, you haven`t the faintest idea what it means!`

 

Between pictures I go away. I think that is the best way to achieve happiness in Hollywood, the only way to keep one`s perspective. If you stay too close to the motion picture colony you lose your sense of values.

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Persons in Hiding (1939)

WATCH FOR THIS WOMAN! (original poster-all caps)

A beautiful but greedy woman teams up with a small-time hoodlum to become two of the most wanted criminals in the country.

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