Leila Hyams had a relatively short career, but she was absolutely gorgeous! She was also the offspring of two actors, so she was born with some stardust in her veins.
Besides appearing on the vaudeville stage, Leila also worked as a model and became quite well known for her work. It was her modeling work that got her into the movies.
She made her acting debut in 1924 in the film, Sandra, with Barbara La Marr. Her next role was opposite Clara Bow and Alice Joyce in Dancing Mothers. Not bad, eh?
What made her so likable to the film fans was her innocent sex appeal, her beautiful smile, and her charisma. But, even with all that she still seemed like the down to Earth girl next door. That helped to set her apart from her other female costars.
Her last film appearance was in 1936 in the film, Yellow Dust. Instead of a film career, she wanted to concentrate on her personal life, although she was still seen out and about in Hollywood.
Leila was married once, to agent Phil Berg from 1927 until her death in 1977. They never had children.
She was once described as "The Golden Girl" by an artist, because of her perfect pink, white, and blonde coloring. To help maintain her beautiful skin coloring, she would lay under the studio lamps, when she couldn't go lay outside in the sun that is.
She was quite shrewd when it came to protecting her assets. She put a picture of herself on all of her checks so that it would be impossible for anyone to take them and use them. Smart lady!
According to a 1928 Photoplay Magazine article, Leila carried a small satin case suspended from her garter that contained an extra pair of stockings in case the pair she had on got damaged.
One of her favorite hobbies was fishing. Maybe her outdoorsy side was one of the reasons she was the first actress offered the role of Jane in the first Tarzan picture. And as you know by now, she turned the role down.
She was the first person to model for Listerine advertisements. Look at those pearly whites!