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Marie Pauline Garon was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
September 8, 1900. Raised speaking French, she was about 10 years
old before she learned English. When she was approximately 20
years old, she decided to go to New York where she did find work
on Broadway. After a brief stay in New York, she came to Hollywood
where she first appeared in a minor role in the George Walsh feature
"A Manhattan Knight" (1920) for Fox Films. She had a
more significant role in here second film, "The Power Within
(1921) for the low budget Achievement Films, Inc. She appeared
in nine more films over the next two years, including an uncredited
part in Cecil B. DeMille's "Manslaughter" (1922). She
was, however, hailed as a new Cecil B. DeMille discovery when
she was given one of the main roles in "Adam's Rib"
(1923), and she was also chosen as a WAMPAS Baby Star that year.
However, nothing more came of her association with DeMille although
she continued working steadily, although generally in low budget
films. For example, she is the star of "The Average Woman"
(1924) -- a cute film that survives today and was directed by
Christy Cabanne; however it was made by C.C. Burr Productions,
Inc., the same company that produced the Johnny Hines comedies.
She would occasionally, though, appear in an "A" picture
in support of major stars, such as Gloria Swanson's "The
Love of Sunya" (1927). Never a major star, she was used in
the late twenties by Paramount in French versions of their films.
She made over 30 sound shorts and features; however, these were
supporting and/or uncredited roles. She has an uncredited part
in "How Green Was My Valley" (1941) and then appeared
one more time in "Bunco Squad," a minor film with Robert
Sterling in 1920. She was married to Lowell Sherman in 1926 but
separated one year later. Another marriage to a minor actor, Clyde
Harland John Alban in 1940 lasted only two years. A third marriage
shortly after to comedian Ross Forester lasted until her death
Selected films of this star available for viewing:
The Average Woman (1924)
Wine of Youth (1924)
The Love Gamble (1925)
The College Hero (1927)
The Love of Sunya (1927)
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