Friday, June 1, 2012

Miss Louise Lorraine/Miss June Caprice

Another two for one! More silent ladies I am going to pay a visit to in a couple of days. The first things I know about these girls are, 1) Louise Lorraine is NOT Lillian Lorraine, the famous Ziegfeld girl and 2) June Caprice had a big, toothy smile.

Read on...

Louise Lorraine was born Louise Escovar on October 1, 1904 in San Francisco, California.

Her introduction into movies is something that young aspiring starlets dream of. When she was 13 years old, a photography salesman came to the door and remarked how beautiful Louise was. He told her mother that he knew someone who worked at the Ince Studios and would make a call to get Louise in. Of course at first her mother scoffed at what the man was saying, but eventually she was convinced and let the man do what he could do for her daughter.

Louise worked mostly in action serials, kinda like Pearl White. And like Pearl, it was her presence on screen that made her a fan favorite. One of her most well known roles was as Jane in a 1921 serial of The Adventures of Tarzan. Her 'Tarzan' was of course, Elmo Lincoln.

In 1922, she was selected as a WAMPAS Baby Star alongside such lovelies as Jacqueline Logan, Bessie Love, Patsy Ruth Miller, and Colleen Moore.

Jack Pickford and Louise

Like a lot of stars back in those days, Louise did her own stunts. Apparently she became a little more hesitant when it came to doing ALL her stunts after she witnessed a car crash that ended up killing the passengers.

Although she was pretty popular during the silent age, it didn't translate well to the talkies. She only appeared in five talking pictures, and none of them were in a blockbuster feature. She quietly bowed out of pictures around the early 1930s to concentrate on being a wife and mother.

Louise Lorraine passed away on February 2, 1981 in New York City.

She was buried at Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills.

Louise was married twice. Her first marriage was to actor Art Acord. Not sure exactly when they married, but they did divorce in 1928. Her second marriage was to Chester Hubbard in the 1930s. They stayed married until he died in 1963. Louise and Hubbard had two children, not sure of their genders though.

Apparently later in life, it really amazed and tickled Louise to learn that her serials and movies were remembered and still loved.


June Caprice was born Helen Elizabeth Lawson (Valley of the Dolls reference anyone) on November 19, 1895 in Arlington, Massachusetts. Her parents were Peter and Anna Lawson.

You know the story...she began her career acting on stage before signing with a movie studio in 1916.

What got June signed to the studio was the fact that Fox was looking for another Mary Pickford type. They held a contest where girls sent in their pictures to try and score a contract. It was actually June's friends who sent in her picture as kind of a joke. They and she didn't really give it much thought until she was contacted and told she won.

She didn't quite become as big as Mary Pickford, but she was pretty popular in her own way. Her films sound like Mary would have starred in them though: Little Miss Happiness (1916), The Ragged Princess (1916), and A Modern Cinderella (1917).

Another big difference between Pickford and June was that June stopped making movies in the silents. She never made a talkie. She chose to start a family over a career in the movies, although she did do some modeling and stage work every once in awhile.

Sadly, June Caprice passed away from cancer on November 9, 1936 in Los Angeles. She had just turned 40 about a week earlier.

She was buried at Forest Lawn in Glendale.

June only married once, to director Harry Millarde in 1923. They remained married until 1931, when Millarde died after suffering a heart attack. The couple had a daughter named June Elizabeth in 1923.

June Elizabeth Millarde became an orphan at age 13 after her mother died, so she moved to Long Island where she was raised by her grandparents (June Caprice's parents). She became kinda famous in her own right. During the 1940s, she went by the name of 'Toni Seven' and worked as a pin-up model. She appeared in a few films, but not in any big roles.

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