~Leatrice Joy~

Born: November 7, 1893 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Died: May 13, 1985 in Riverdale, New York, USA
Trained as an actress in Southern and Midwestern stock companies, the lovely Leatrice Joy entered
films as an extra in 1915. Her first break was as the leading lady in the 2-reel comedies starring
Chaplin imitator Billy West, wherein she was often menaced by top-hatted villain Oliver Hardy.
During the early 1920s, Joy was under contract to Cecil B. DeMille, starring in such extravaganzas
as Manslaughter (1922) and The Ten Commandments (1923); she later would recall that the plots
of these films were corny in the extreme and that DeMille could be a merciless martinet, but that
she was grateful to the director for the salutary effect he had on her career. In most of her silent
appearances, Joy was something of a forerunner to Rosalind Russell: the fashionable
businesswoman or stuck-up society girl who is eventually "tamed" by the handsome leading man.
After appearing in two talkies, Joy retired, reemerging in a good character part as a kittenish
elderly lady who is swindled by charming con artist Frank Fay in 1951's Love Nest. At the height of
her 1920s fame, Leatrice Joy was married to superstar John Gilbert; their daughter, Leatrice Joy
Gilbert Fountain, authored the Gilbert autobiography Dark Star.

Biography by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com
~Silent Filmography~
Tropic Madness (1928) .... Juanita
Man-Made Women (1928) .... Nan Payson
Show People (1928) ... Herself - at Banquet
The Blue Danube (1928) .... Marguerite
... aka Honour Above All (UK)
The Angel of Broadway (1927) .... Babe Scott
Vanity (1927) .... Barbara Fiske
Nobody's Widow (1927) .... Roxanna Smith
Girl in the Rain (1927)
For Alimony Only (1926) .... Mary Martin Williams
The Clinging Vine (1926) .... Antoinette B. 'A.B.' Allen
Screen Snapshots (Short documentary) (1926) ... Herself
Eve's Leaves (1926) .... Eve Corbin
Made for Love (1926) .... Joan Ainsworth
The Wedding Song (1925) .... Beatrice Glynn
Hell's Highroad (1925) .... Judy Nichols
The Dressmaker from Paris (1925) .... Fifi
Changing Husbands (1924) .... Gwynne Evans/Ava Graham
Triumph (1924) .... Ann Land  ... Movie Still Code: 639-X
The Marriage Cheat (1924) .... Helen Canfield
The Ten Commandments (1923) .... Mary Leigh
The Silent Partner (1923) .... Lisa Coburn
You Can't Fool Your Wife (1923) .... Edith McBride
Java Head (1923) .... Taou Yuen
Hollywood (1923) ... Herself
Minnie (1922) .... Minnie
The Man Who Saw Tomorrow (1922) .... Rita Pring
Manslaughter (1922) .... Lydia Thorne
The Bachelor Daddy (1922) .... Sally Lockwood
Saturday Night (1922) .... Iris Van Suydam
Voices of the City (1921) .... Georgia Rodman
... aka The Night Rose
The Poverty of Riches (1921) .... Katherine Colby
Ladies Must Live (1921) .... Barbara
The Ace of Hearts (1921) .... Lilith
A Tale of Two Worlds (1921) .... Sui Sen
Bunty Pulls the Strings (1921) .... Bunty Biggar
Down Home (1920) .... Nance Pelot
The Invisible Divorce (1920) .... Pidgie Ryder
Smiling All the Way (1920) .... Alice Drydan
Blind Youth (1920) .... Hope Martin
The Right of Way (1920) .... Rosalie Eventurail
Just a Wife (1920) .... Mary Virginia Lee

The Water Lily (1919) .... Undetermined Role
The Man Hunter (1919) .... Florence
Three X Gordon (1918) .... Farmer's Daughter
Her Man (1918)
Wedlock (1918) .... Jane Hollister
The City of Tears (1918) .... Maria
One Dollar Bid (1918) .... Emily Dare
Shackled (1918) (uncredited) (unconfirmed) .... Undetermined Role
The Handy Man (1918)
The Messenger (1918)
The Scholar (1918)
The Orderly (1918)
His Day Out (1918) .... Joy
The Stranger (1918) .... Susie
The Slave (1917/II) .... Susie, his daughter
A Society Scrimmage (1917) (as Beatrice Joy)
Nearly a Baker (1917) (as Beatrice Joy)
The Candy Kid (1917)
Susie Slips One Over (1917) (as Beatrice Joy) .... Susie
Susie's Scheme (1917) (as Beatrice Joy) .... Susie
Susie the Sleepwalker (1917) (as Beatrice Joy) .... Susie
The Rejuvenator (1917) (as Beatrice Joy)
Wits and Fits (1917) (as Beatrice Joy)
The Window Dresser's Dream (1917) (as Beatrice Joy)
Her Fractured Voice (1917) (as Beatrice Joy)
Susie of the Follies (1917) (as Beatrice Joy) .... Susie
Her Iron Will (1917) (as Beatrice Joy)
The Wishbone (1917) (as Beatrice Joy)
Getting the Evidence (1917) (as Beatrice Joy)
Speed (1917) (as Beatrice Joy)
The Magic Vest (1917) (as Beatrice Joy)
Her Scrambled Ambition (1917)
A Girl's Folly (1917) (uncredited) .... Girl
The Pride of the Clan (1917) (uncredited) .... Extra
Auto Intoxication (1917) (as Beatrice Joy)
Their Counterfeit Vacation (1916) (unconfirmed)
A Troublesome Trip (1916) (unconfirmed)
The Other Man (1916)
The Folly of Revenge (1916) .... Antonio's Daughter
His Turning Point (1915) .... Mrs. Carey