~Constance Bennett~

Born: October 22, 1904 in New York City, NY, USA
Died: July 24, 1965 in Fort Dix, NJ, USA
~Silent Filmography~
Married? (1926) .... Marcia Livingston
The Pinch Hitter (1925) .... Abby Nettleton
Sally, Irene and Mary (1925) .... Sally  -  Movie still code 246-X
The Goose Woman (1925) .... Hazel Woods
My Wife and I (1925) .... Aileen Alton
My Son (1925) .... Betty Smith
Code of the West (1925) .... Georgie May
The Goose Hangs High (1925) .... Lois Ingals
Wandering Fires (1925) .... Guerda Anthony
... aka Should a Woman Tell (UK)
Into the Net (1924) .... Madge Clayton
Cytherea (1924) .... Annette Sherman
... aka The Forbidden Way (USA)
What's Wrong with the Women? (1922) .... Elise Bascom
Evidence (1922) .... Edith
Reckless Youth (1922) .... Chorus Girl

The Valley of Decision (1916) .... Unborn soul
Constance Bennett was the eldest of three daughters born to theatrical luminary Richard Bennett
and his wife, actress Adrienne Morrison. Though her father did everything he could to discourage
her from pursuing an acting career, Constance was willful and rebellious almost from the moment of
her birth. She tried to break away from Daddy's influence by marrying at age 16, but the union was
quickly annulled. At 17, Constance was signed to a Goldwyn movie contract on the strength of her
family name. She treated her silent-film career as a lark, but along the way she developed a superb
sense of comic timing and an instinctive gift for heavy dramatics. After her second marriage in 1926,
Constance left films in favor of the international "party set"; her third husband was the Marquis de la
Falaise de la Coudray, a well-known playboy of questionable royal lineage who'd previously been
married to Gloria Swanson. In the early 1930s, after the termination of this marriage, Constance
returned to films, specializing in "fallen woman" roles before switching to light comedy in such films
as The Affairs of Cellini (1934) and Topper (1937). At one point she was the highest paid actress in
Hollywood. In 1945 she became a producer, bankrolling a film titled Paris Underground, in which she
co-starred with British musical favorite Gracie Fields. During the 1950s, Ms. Bennett appeared in
numerous stage productions, and also ran a successful cosmetics firm. Constance's fifth and
longest-lasting husband, whom she married in 1946, was Brigadier General John Theron Couper (for
the record, husband #4 was actor Gilbert Roland); at age 59, she died of a cerebral hemorrhage in the
Walson Army Hospital at Fort Dix, New Jersey, where her husband was stationed. Constance
Bennett was the sister of actresses Barbara and Joan Bennett, and the aunt of radio talk-show host
Morton Downey Jr.

Biography by Hans J. Wollstein, AllMovie.com