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Of Norwegian/Danish parentage, Loff was born Janette
Lov in Idaho in 1906. While still very young, her father, an accomplished
violinist, moved the famiy to Canada so he could pursue his career.
By age 11, she as performing the title role in "Snow White
and the Seven Dwarfs" on stage. With a beautiful voice, Loff
performed in opera, and by the time she was 17, her family moved
to Portland, OR, so she could continue her musical educatio at
the Ellison and White Conservatory of Music. She also played the
organ in theaters in Portland during this time. It is not known
how she got the role, but Loff made her first screen appearance
as am uncredited extra in two films -- "Young April"
(1926) and "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (1927). Picked up by
Cecil B. DeMille, she began making films for his DeMille Pictures
Corporation (DeMille "oversaw" the pictures; he did
not direct them) starting with "My Friend From India"
which is available for viewing today. She worked steadily even
into the early sound era with her beautiful voice being put to
use, especially in films such as "The King of Jazz"
(1930). When her parents divorced, her mother and two sisters
came to live with her in California. She married a salesman, Harry
Rosenbloom, but the marriage was short-lived with a divorce in
1929. She is said to have had love affairs with notables such
as producer Paul Bern, song writer Walter O'Keefe and actor Gilbert
Roland. Her roles became fewer as the sound era wore on, and she
made her final film appearance in 1934. She retired and married
liquor salesman Bert E. Friedlob, to whom she stayed married until
her death in August 1942 at age 35 from ammonia poisoning. It
was never determined if her death was accidiental or a suicide,
although her family insists she did not commit suicide.
Selected films of this star available for viewing:
Uncle Tom's Cabin (1927)
My Friend From India (1927)
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