~Laura La Plante~

Born: November 1, 1904 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Died: October 14, 1996 in Woodland Hills, CA, USA
~Silent Filmography~
Scandal (1929) .... Laura Hunt
... aka High Society (UK)
Show Boat (1929) .... Magnolia Hawks
The Last Warning (1929) .... Doris Terry
Home, James (1928) .... Laura Elliot
Finders Keepers (1928) .... Barbara Hastings
Thanks for the Buggy Ride (1928) .... Jenny
Silk Stockings (1927) .... Molly Thornhill
The Cat and the Canary (1927) .... Annabelle West
Beware of Widows (1927) .... Joyce Bragdon
The Love Thrill (1927) .... Joyce Bragdon
Butterflies in the Rain (1926) .... Tina Carteret
Her Big Night (1926) .... Frances Norcross/Daphne Dix
Poker Faces (1926) .... The wife
The Midnight Sun (1926) .... Olga Balashova
Skinner's Dress Suit (1926) .... Mrs. Honey Skinner
The Beautiful Cheat (1926) .... Mary/Maritza
The Teaser (1925) .... Ann Barton
Dangerous Innocence (1925) .... Ann Church
Smouldering Fires (1925) .... Dorothy Vale
The Fatal Plunge (1924) .... Undetermined Role
The Fast Worker (1924) .... Connie
Butterfly (1924) .... Dora Collier
Young Ideas (1924) .... Octavia Lowden
The Dangerous Blonde (1924) .... Diana Faraday
Excitement (1924) .... Nila Lyons
Ride for Your Life (1924) .... Betsy Burke
Sporting Youth (1924) .... Betty Rockford
The Thrill Chaser (1923) .... Cameo appearance
Crooked Alley (1923) .... Norine Tyrell/Olive Sloan
The Ramblin' Kid (1923) .... Carolyn June
Out of Luck (1923) .... Mae Day
Shootin' for Love (1923) .... Mary Randolph
Burning Words (1923) .... Mary Malcolm
Dead Game (1923) .... Alice Mason
Around the World in Eighteen Days (1923) .... Madge Harlow
... aka Around the World
... aka Around the World in 18 Days
The Wall Flower (1922) .... Prue Nickerson
Easy to Cop (1922)
The Big Ranger (1922)
Taking Things Easy (1922)
Society Sailors (1922)
A Treacherous Rival (1922)
The Minute Man (1922)
The Call of Courage (1922)
Desperation (1922)
The Trail of the Wolf (1922)
Matching Wits (1922) .... Mary Newton
A Bottle Baby (1922)
Fighting Back (1922)
The Ranger's Reward (1922)
The Deputy's Double Cross (1922)
Perils of the Yukon (1922) .... Olga
The Alarm (1921)
Brand of Courage (1921)
Old Dynamite (1921)
Should Husbands Do Housework? (1921)
The Call of the Blood (1921) .... Ruth
Play Square (1921) .... May Laverne
The Big Town Round-Up (1921) .... Mildred Hart
Big Town Ideas (1921) .... Molly Dorn
The Old Swimmin' Hole (1921) .... Myrtle
His Four Fathers (1921)
Back from the Front (1920)
813 (1920) .... Genevieve
Father's Close Shave (1920)
Jiggs in Society (1920)
Jiggs and the Social Lion (1920)
The Great Gamble (1919) (uncredited)
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~Los Angeles Times~
October 16, 1996
Laura La Plante was a silent screen star who was considered the Doris Day of her era because of her
girl-next-door persona in an age of glamor queens.

La Plante, who retired from films in the early 1930s after her marriage to producer Irving Asher,
appeared in more than 75 films and serials but was best remembered for her starring role in "The
Cat and the Canary" in 1927. Injecting touches of humor into the spooky Gothic classic, she played
an heiress spending the night in a haunted house.

La Plante also memorably donned a brunet wig to play Magnolia in the first film version of "Show
Boat," a partial talkie, in 1929.

The actress' personal favorite was the comedy "Finders Keepers" in 1928.

Born in St. Louis, La Plante entered films at 15, playing small roles in Christie Comedies. In 1920 she
was cast as the daughter in the series "Bringing Up Father."

She soon became Universal's top female star, appearing frequently in westerns opposite Hoot
Gibson. La Plante also was much in demand for comedies and melodramas.

She made as many as six pictures a year, as in 1926, when she starred in "The Beautiful Cheat," "The
Midnight Sun," "Skinner's Dress Suit," "Poker Faces," "Her Big Night" and "Butterflies in the Rain."

That year she married director William Seiter but later complained that because of their film
industry schedules, she rarely saw him.

By the early 1930s, she decided to quit, asking out of her contract and leaving for Europe. There she
divorced Seiter and in 1934 married Asher, who died in 1985.

During Asher's years working in London, La Plante performed in a few plays and the 1935 film "The
Church Mouse." But on their return to the United States, she decided to become a homemaker. She
emerged for character roles only three times — in the movies "Little Mister Jim" in 1946 and "Spring
Reunion" in 1956, and in one television program, "She Also Ran."

Late in her life, La Plante told an interviewer: "Had I continued making picture after picture, I'd
never have had the time to really live and enjoy my family. My career was wonderful, but then, so
were the years that followed. . . . I consider myself to be a very lucky person."

— Myrna Oliver in the Los Angeles Times Oct. 16, 1996
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