Leatrice Joy

1893 - 1985

The actress Leatrice Joy was born as Leatrice Joy Zeidler in New Orleans. She began her career as an extra in the movie "His Turning Point" in 1915. She soon became the partner of film comedians like Billy West and Oliver Hardy which gets her first attention.

She already acted together with famous actor John Gilbert in the movie "One Dollar Bid" (18). She got married him in 1922. Leatrice Joy belonged together with Theda Bara, Valeska Suratt and Virginia Pearson to the first four-some of vamps.

She worked her way up to a leading actress and star at the beginning of the 20's who attracted the audience to the cinema. She made her great breakthrough with the movie "Bunty Pulls the Strings" (21), it followed another movie at John Gilbert's side called "Ladies Must Live" (21) and the production "The Night Rose" (21).

The height of Leatrice Joy's career came with the signing at Cecil B. DeMille, with whom she shot the classics "Saturday Night" (22) and "Manslaughter" (22). Especially the latter movie went down into film history.

In the 20's followed other great works, especially "Minnie" (22), "Java Head" (23), "The Ten Commandments" (23) - the most famous of her movies - "Triumph" (24), "The Dressmaker From Paris" (25), "Eve's Leaves" (26), "Vanity" (27), "The Blue Danube" (28) and "The Strong Boy" (28).

Although Leatrice Joy gathered experiences on stages and her Southern accent wasn't a real problem whe only took part in eight talkies. Her first one was "The Bellamy Trial" in 1928 and was very successful. Still it followed only "A Most Immoral Lady" (29) and "The Love Trader" (30).

It took nine years till she appeared in a movie again called "First Love" (39). In the next ten years she played only sporadically in other movies, so in "The Old Swimmin' Hole" (40), "Red Stallion in the Rockies" (49), "Air Hostess" (49) and "Love Nest" (51).
She concluded her career with some episodes for different TV serials.

Other movies with Leatrice Joy:
The Folly of Revenge (16) The Scholar (16) The Other Man (16) A Girl's Folly (17) The Candy Kid (17) The Slave (17) Wits and Fits (17) The Wishbone (17) The Window Dresser's Room (17) Susie's Scheme (17) Susie the Sleepwalker (17) Susie of the Follies (17) Speed (17) The Rejuvenator (17) The Magic Vest (17) Her Iron Will (17) Her Fractured Voice (17) Getting the Evidence (17) Auto Intoxication (17) The Stranger (18) His Day Out (18) The Orderly (18) The Messenger (18) The Handy Man (18) Wedlock (18) Her Man (18) Three X Gordon (18) The City of Tears (18) The Man Hunter (19) The Water Lily (19) The Right of Way (20) Smiling All the Way (20) Just a Wife (20) The Invisible Divorce (20) Down Home (20) Blind Youth (20) A Tale of Two Worlds (21) The Ace of Hearts (21) Voices of the City (21) The Poverty of Riches (21) The Bachelor Daddy (22) The Man Who Saw Tomorrow (22) You Can't Fool Your Wife (23) The Silent Partner (23) The Marriage Cheat (24) Changing Husbands (24) Hell's Highroad (25) The Wedding Song (25) The Clinging Vine (26) For Alimony Only (26) Made for Love (26) Nobody's Widow (27) The Angel of Broadway (27) Man-Made Woman (28) Tropic Madness (28) Serie "Studio One: The Magic Lantern" (53) Serie "Robert Montgomery Presents: The Steady Man" (54) Serie "Studio One: The Cuckoo in Spring" (54)