Known for movies

Short Info

DiedJanuary 25, 1988, Paso Robles, California, United States
SpousePaul Magenot, Homer P. Hargrave, Albert P. Scott, John McCormick
FactLoretta Young's daughter Judy Lewis wrote that although Mervyn LeRoy would later claim that he discovered Loretta Young, it was in truth Colleen Moore. Colleen even suggested that her name be changed from "Gretchen Young" to Loretta Young. The name came from Colleen's favorite childhood doll, Laurita.


Colleen Moore was born on August 19, 1899 in Port Huron, Michigan. Her parents were of Irish descent and she was the youngest of five children. Her father died when she was four years old, and her mother had to support the family by working as a domestic servant. Colleen was educated at a convent school and then at a public high school. She began her career as a model, but soon began acting in films. Her first film role was in the 1916 film “The Spirit of Youth”. She went on to appear in a number of silent films, including “The Little Princess” (1917), “The Patsy” (1917), “Imitation of Life” (1918), and “The Egg Crate Wallop” (1919).

In the early 1920s, she became one of the most popular actresses in Hollywood. She appeared in a number of successful films, including “Flaming Youth” (1923), “What Price Beauty?” (1925), and “It Must Be Love” (1926). In 1927, she starred in the first all-color feature film, “The Toll of the Sea”. She also appeared in the first sound film, “The Jazz Singer” (1927). In the late 1920s, she began to lose interest in acting and retired from the screen in 1933. She married film producer John McCormick in 1928 and they had two children.

The marriage ended in divorce in 1934. In the 1940s, she made a comeback as a character actress and appeared in a number of films, including “Since You Went Away” (1944) and “The Unfinished Dance” (1947). She retired from acting again in the early 1950s. Colleen Moore died on January 25, 1988 at the age of 88.

General Info

Full NameColleen Moore
DiedJanuary 25, 1988, Paso Robles, California, United States
Height1.6 m
ProfessionActor
NationalityAmerican

Family

SpousePaul Magenot, Homer P. Hargrave, Albert P. Scott, John McCormick
ChildrenHomer Hargrave, Jr.
ParentsCharles R. Morrison, Agnes Morrison
SiblingsCleve Moore

Accomplishments

MoviesFlaming Youth, Why Be Good?, Ella Cinders, Lilac Time, Synthetic Sin, The Sky Pilot, Orchids and Ermine, Her Wild Oat, Twinkletoes, We Moderns, The Perfect Flapper, The Power and the Glory, Dinty, Smiling Irish Eyes, The Busher, The Scarlet Letter, The Devil's Claim, The Lotus Eater, The Nth Command...

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Quotes

#Quote
1[on fellow "flapper" Clara Bow] I liked Clara. A very warm, sweet, generous girl. What great potential! But she wasn't a finisher. Her mind was like a sponge, but she didn't have the concentration or ability to see it through. She was quite ingenuous. People would go into shock over her salty language.

Facts

#Fact
1Profiled in "Speaking of Silents: First Ladies of the Screen" by William Drew, 1997.
2She was a staunch conservative-minded Republican.
3Loretta Young's daughter Judy Lewis wrote that although Mervyn LeRoy would later claim that he discovered Loretta Young, it was in truth Colleen Moore. Colleen even suggested that her name be changed from "Gretchen Young" to Loretta Young. The name came from Colleen's favorite childhood doll, Laurita.
4Interviewed in "Talking to the Piano Player: Silent Film Stars, Writers and Directors Remember" by Stuart Oderman (BearManor Media).
5She starred in three silent film versions of hit Broadway musicals, Sally (1925), Irene (1926) and Oh Kay! (1928).
6As a hobby, she decided to build the grandest doll house ever, "The Enchanted Castle." She designed it, and working with hundreds of craftsmen over the course of a decade, completed it at the cost of some $500,000. Among its many one-of-a-kind features is a library that comes complete with miniature versions of many great works of literature, including a tiny version of "Tarzan of the Apes" signed by Tarzan's creator, Edgar Rice Burroughs. The Enchanted Castle is now on public display at Chicago's Museum of Science & Industry.
7Unlike many of her peers, she was exceptionally savvy with her money, investing it carefully. As a result, she managed to turn her not-inconsiderable film salary into an even greater fortune after she retired from acting.
8Some sources credit the year of her birth as 1902.
9WAMPAS Baby Star of 1922.
10In the 1960s she formed a film production company, Vid-More Productions, with director King Vidor, after she met him for the first time in 40 years. Though they had kept in touch in the intervening years, they had resolved never to see each other again after they had a secret affair during the 1920s.
11Donated a copy of her now lost film, Flaming Youth (1923), to a museum in the early 1960s. The museum unfortunately never "got around" to restoring the film and it deteriorated.
12Cousin of Jack Stone.
13She had one blue eye and one brown eye.
14Older sister of actor Cleve Moore.

Pictures

Movies

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Little Orphant Annie1918Annie
A Hoosier Romance1918Patience Thompson
The Savage1917Lizette
The Little American1917Maid (uncredited)
Hands Up!1917Marjorie Houston
An Old Fashioned Young Man1917Margaret
The Bad Boy1917Ruth
The Prince of Graustark1916Maid (uncredited)
The Scarlet Letter1934Hester Prynne
Success at Any Price1934Sarah
Social Register1934Patsy Shaw
The Power and the Glory1933Sally Garner
Footlights and Fools1929Betty Murphy / Fifi D'Auray
Smiling Irish Eyes1929Kathleen O'Connor
Why Be Good?1929Pert Kelly
Synthetic Sin1929Betty Fairfax
Oh Kay!1928Lady Kay Rutfield
Lilac Time1928Jeannine Berthelot
Happiness Ahead1928Mary Randall
Her Wild Oat1927Mary Brown
Naughty But Nice1927Bernice Sumners
Orchids and Ermine1927'Pink' Watson
Twinkletoes1926Twink 'Twinkletoes' Minasi
It Must Be Love1926Fernie Schmidt
Ella Cinders1926Ella Cinders
Irene1926Irene O'Dare
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ1925Chariot Race Spectator (uncredited)
We Moderns1925Mary Sundale
The Desert Flower1925Maggie Fortune
Sally1925Sally
So Big1924Selina Peake
Flirting with Love1924Gilda Lamont
The Perfect Flapper1924Tommie Lou Pember
Painted People1924Ellie Byrne
Through the Dark1924Mary McGinn
Flaming Youth1923Patricia Fentriss
April Showers1923Maggie Muldoon
The Huntress1923Bela
Broken Hearts of Broadway1923Mary Ellis
Slippy McGee1923Mary Virginia
The Nth Commandment1923Sarah Juke
Look Your Best1923Perla Quaranta
The Ninety and Nine1922Ruth Blake
Broken Chains1922Mercy Boone
Forsaking All Others1922Penelope Mason
Affinities1922Fanny Illington
The Wall Flower1922Idalene Nobbin
The WAMPAS Baby Stars of 19221922ShortColleen
Come on Over1922Moyna Killiea
The Lotus Eater1921Mavis
His Nibs1921The Girl
The Sky Pilot1921Gwen
Dinty1920Doreen O'Sullivan
So Long Letty1920Grace Miller
The Devil's Claim1920Indora
When Dawn Came1920Mary Harrison
Her Bridal Night-Mare1920ShortMary
The Cyclone1920Sylvia Sturgis
A Roman Scandal1919ShortMary
Common Property1919Tatyoe ["Tatyana"]
The Egg Crate Wallop1919Kitty Haskell
The Man in the Moonlight1919Rosine Delorme
The Wilderness Trail1919Jeanne Fitzpatrick
The Busher1919Mazie Palmer

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Smiling Irish Eyes1929performer: "Old Killarney Fair", "Then I'll Ride Home with You", "A Wee Bit o' Love", "Smiling Irish Eyes" - uncredited

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan1985TV SpecialHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Lillian Gish1984TV Special documentaryHerself
Hollywood1980TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself / Herself - Interviewee
75 Years of Cinema Museum1972DocumentaryHerself
The David Frost Show1971TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1968TV SeriesHerself - Guest
This Is Your Life1960TV SeriesHerself
The Voice of Hollywood No. 151930ShortHerself (uncredited)
Fashion News1930DocumentaryHerself (1929)
Life in Hollywood No. 21927Short documentaryHerself
Screen Snapshots, Series 6, No. 161926Documentary shortHerself
Screen Snapshots, Series 6, No. 151926Documentary shortHerself
Screen Snapshots, Series 6, No. 141926Documentary shortHerself
Screen Snapshots, Series 4, No. 41923Documentary shortHerself
Screen Snapshots, Series 4, No. 21923Documentary shortHerself
Screen Snapshots, Series 3, No. 241923Documentary shortHerself
Screen Snapshots, Series 3, No. 121922Documentary shortHerself
Screen Snapshots, Series 3, No. 91922Documentary shortHerself
Screen Snapshots, Series 3, No. 31922Documentary shortHerself
Screen Snapshots, Series 3, No. 11922Documentary shortHerself
Screen Snapshots, Series 1, No. 211921Documentary shortHerself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fragments: Surviving Pieces of Lost Films2011TV Movie documentaryHerself
Why Be Good? Sexuality & Censorship in Early Cinema2007DocumentaryHerself
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter1982TV Movie documentaryActress - Unidentified Film (uncredited)
Personality Parade1938Documentary shortHerself (uncredited)

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 1549 Vine Street.

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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