~Lina Basquette~

Born: April 19, 1907 in San Mateo, California, USA
Died:
September 30, 1994 (age 87) in Wheeling, West Virginia, USA
~Filmography~
Paradise Park (1991) ... Nada

A Night for Crime (1943) ... Mona Harrison
Who Calls (Short) (1942)

Four Men and a Prayer (1938) ... Ah-Nee
Rose of the Rio Grande (1938) ... Anita
The Buccaneer (1938) ... Roxanne
Ebb Tide (1937) ... Attwater's Servant
Souls at Sea (1937) ... Brunette in Saloon (uncredited)
The Final Hour (1936) ... Belle
The Chump (Short) (1934)
The Phantom Express (1932) ... Betty
Hello Trouble (1932) ... Janet Kenyon
The Midnight Lady (1932) ... Mona Sebastian
The Arm of the Law (1932) ... Zelma Shaw
Mounted Fury (1931) ... Nanette LeStrange
Trapped (Short) (1931) ... Girl Reporter
Morals for Women (1931) ... Claudia
The Hard Hombre (1931) ... Senora Martini
Arizona Terror (1931) ... Kay Moore
Pleasure (1931) ... Helen
Goldie (1931) ... Constantina
The Dude Wrangler (1930) ... Helen Dane

Come Across (1929) ... Mary Houston
The Godless Girl (1929) ... Judy Craig - The Girl
The Younger Generation (1929) ... Birdie Goldfish
Show Folks (1928) ... Rita Carey
Celebrity (1928) ... Jane
Wheel of Chance (1928) ... Ada Berkowitz
The Noose (1928) ... Dot
Serenade (1927) ... The Dancer
Ranger of the North (1927) ... Felice MacLean
Penrod (uncredited) (1922)

The Weaker Vessel (1919) ... Jessie
Little Mariana's Triumph (Short) (1917) ... Mariana (as Lena Baskette)
A Prince for a Day (Short) (1917) ... Rose Marie - the Flower Girl / Prince Paul (as Lena Basquette)
A Romany Rose (Short) (1917) ... Rozeska (as Lena Basquette)
A Dream of Egypt (Short) (1917) ... Dorothy (as Lena Basquette)
The Star Witness (Short) (1917) ... Lolo - Annie' (as Lena Baskette)
The Gates of Doom (1917) ... Agatha as a child
His Wife's Relatives (Short) (1917) ... Kid Sister (as Lena Baskette)
Polly Put the Kettle On (1917) .... Nellie Vance
The Caravan (Short) (1916) ... Saia (as Lena Basquette)
The Human Cactus (Short) (1916) ... One of the Children (as Lena Basquette)
Shoes (1916) ... Eva's Sister (uncredited)
The Grip of Crime (Short) (1916) ... Santa Marro (as Lena Basquette)
Brother Jim (Short) (1916) ... Margie Marsh (as Lena Basquette)
The Dance of Love (Short) (as Lena Basquette) (1916)
The Dumb Girl of Portici (1916) ... Child (uncredited)
~Biography~
American actress and dancer Lina Basquette began performing as a child when she was featured as a
ballerina in the 1915 San Francisco World's Fair. This led her to appear in a series of short films, Lena
Basquette Featurettes for Universal pictures. This in turn led to her playing juvenile leads in feature films.
As a teen, she abandoned films in favor of dancing and by 1923, the 16-year-old Basquette had become
the leading dancer for the Ziegfeld Follies. In 1925, she married Sam Warner, one of the patriarches of
Warner Brothers. The following year, Basquette returned to the screen, but this time under the name Lina
Basquette. In 1927 Warner died, and she was embroiled in an enormous court battle with the rest of the
Warners over her husband's estate and the custody of their child. Later she went on to marry five more
times. As an actress, she is best remembered for playing the lead in Cecil B. De Mille's The Godless Girl
(1929). During the 1930s, she occasionally played minor parts in films. A favorite actress of German
dictator Adolph Hitler, she was invited over to Germany to meet him. She retired in the early '40s, but
again made headlines in 1943 after she was raped by a GI. The soldier was sentenced to 20 years in prison
for his crime. Basquette spent the last few years of her life living in Pennsylvania and breeding
show-quality Great Danes.

Biography by Sandra Brennan, AllMovie.com
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