~Gwen Lee~

Born: November 12, 1904 in Hastings, Nebraska, USA
Died: August 20, 1961 in Reno, Nevada, USA
~Silent Filmography~
A Lady of Chance (1928) .... Gwen
The Baby Cyclone (1928) .... Jessie
Show Girl (1928) .... Nita Dugan
Thief in the Dark (1928) .... Flo
Diamond Handcuffs (1928) .... Cecile
The Actress (1928) .... Avonia
... aka Trelawny of the Wells
Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928) .... Lucretia
Sharp Shooters (1928) .... Flossy
... aka Three Naval Rascals (UK)
Lucky Boy (1928) .... Mrs. Ellis
Her Wild Oat (1927) .... Daisy
After Midnight (1927) .... Maizie ... Movie Still Code: 319-X
Adam and Evil (1927) .... Gwen De Vere
Twelve Miles Out (1927) .... Hulda
Orchids and Ermine (1927) .... Ermintrude
Heaven on Earth (1927/I) .... Claire
Women Love Diamonds (1927) .... Roberta Klein
There You Are! (1926) .... Anita Grant
Upstage (1926) .... Dixie Mason
The Lone Wolf Returns (1926) .... Liane De Lorme
... aka The Return of the Lone Wolf
The Boy Friend (1926) .... Pettie Wilson
Time Flies (1926) (as Gwendolyn Lee) .... An Adventuress
The Plastic Age (1925) (uncredited) .... Carl's girl
His Secretary (1925) .... Clara Bayne
Pretty Ladies (1925) .... Fay
Lady of the Night (1925) .... Molly's Friend
She was one of the archetypal flappers of the Jazz Age. Blonde,
blue-eyed and impeccably coiffured, we recall Gwen Lee as tall, blonde
flibbertigibbets and gold-digging vamps in films of the late 1920's and
early 30's. Gwen was born in Nebraska and attended school in Omaha.
Having suitably shortened her name from 'Gwendolyn LePinski' to
'Gwen Lee', she began her career as a department store model. An
early foray to the stage as a dancer then led to her 'discovery' by the
director Monta Bell and a contract with MGM in 1925. Gwen was
named a WAMPAS baby star in 1928 and was duly rewarded with
starring or co-starring roles in pictures like Lucky Boy (1928), A Lady
of Chance (1928) and The Actress (1928). Once it became apparent
that silent pictures were on the way out she began to ardently take
voice lessons. Her time in the limelight turned out to be rather brief,
alas. Her career and public image took a substantial hit when the
synchronisation of an early talkie, Untamed (1929), went badly array:
during a dancing sequence with Robert Montgomery, poor Gwen
could be heard mouthing the dialogue of her partner (and vice versa)
-- no doubt to the great amusement of the audience. Not long after,
her dizzy screen personae apparently carried over into real life, as she
was twice sued by department stores for non-payment of goods. In
1931, she was also taken to court by her mother who claimed
guardianship, charging that her daughter was 'incompetent to handle
her affairs'. Inevitably, Gwen's movie roles declined, both and quality
and in quantity. Down to bit parts, her career came to a swift end in
1938 after appearing in a bottom-of-the-bill potboiler at one of the
Poverty Row outfits. After that, she faded from the scene. Gwen died
in Reno, Nevada, in 1961, almost forgotten, at the age of 56.

Biography By: I.S.Mowis, IMDB.com