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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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Her career was born after noted artist George Bradshaw Crandall painted a portrait of her which made the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. She was a student at New York's Art Student League at the time studying music, painting and drama.


Second husband Frank Woody, by whom she had a child, Frank Woody Jr., also made the headlines in 1936 at Helen`s expense. The couple were already estranged at the time. It seems Helen was dining with a male friend when her husband passed by and forced a fight with her male companion. The altercation left the other man with two black eyes and a front page news item.


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)

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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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