~Mary Eaton~

Born: January 29, 1901 in Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Died: October 10, 1948 in Hollywood, California, USA
~Biography~
The star of both the 1920 and 1922 editions of the Ziegfeld Follies, blonde Mary Eaton was Florenz
Ziegfeld's backup in case his biggest star, Marilyn Miller, proved too recalcitrant. Eaton later
replaced Miller as Eddie Cantor's leading lady in the phenomenally successful Kid Boots (1923) and
again in 1927 in Sunny. A natural for talking picture stardom, Eaton was teamed with aging Broadway
juvenile Oscar Shaw in the Marx Brothers' The Cocoanuts (1929). Due to the enduring popularity of
the Marxes, she remains one of the more visible of the early talkie stars. Sadly, Eaton, like old rival
Marilyn Miller, failed to make much of an impact in motion pictures. Her only starring vehicle,
Glorifying the American Girl (1929), about the travails of a Ziegfeld beauty, was certainly typecasting
of the highest order. Although Eaton possessed a pleasing if limited soprano, the unrelentingly
downbeat and morose musical proved a notorious dud. Described by a modern historian as "the
Follies in purgatory," Glorifying the American Girl was the first East Coast talkie to be filmed partially
outdoors and to guarantee healthy box-office returns, Paramount peppered the show with such
guest stars as Eddie Cantor, Rudy Vallee, and Helen Morgan. Yet despite all this Broadway luster,
the film was considered a jinx, and Mary Eaton's screen career stopped dead in its tracks. Married
and divorced from screen director Millard Webb and entertainer Eddie Laughton, her death in 1948
was attributed to a heart attack.

Biography by Hans J. Wollstein, AllMovie.com
~Silent Filmography~
Broadway After Dark (1924)
His Children's Children (1923) .... Mercedes
~August 20, 1929~

FILM DIRECTOR AND ACTRESS HE WILL WED

~HOLLYWOOD, CALIF.....MARY EATON,
STAGE STAR, WITH MILLARD WEB, FILM
DIRECTOR, WHOM SHE WILL MARRY ON
SEPTEMBER 1ST. THE COUPLE WILL GO TO
NEW YORK FOR THEIR HONEYMOON. ~
~October 14, 1930~

FILM NOTABLE ARRIVES WITH
HUSBAND--AND 51 TRUNKS!

~NEW YORK.....MARY EATON, NOTABLE OF
THE SCREEN, ARRIVING ON THE TWENTETH
CENTURY LIMITED THIS MORNING WITH
HER HUSBAND, MILLARD WEB, MOTION
PICTURE DIRECTOR. MISS EATON WAS ALSO
ACCOMPANIED BY 51 TRUNKS. SHE WILL
LEAVE SHORTLY FOR A VISIT TO LONDON.~
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