Born: June 30, 1899 in Hillsboro, Texas, USA
Died: January 24, 1990 in Upland, California, USA
Mother Knows Best (1928) .... Sally Quail
The Play Girl (1928) .... Madge Norton
Soft Living (1928) .... Nancy Woods
Silk Legs (1927) .... Ruth Stevens
Very Confidential (1927) .... Madge Murphy
Colleen (1927) .... Sheila Kelly
The Telephone Girl (1927) .... Kitty O'Brien
Ankles Preferred (1927) .... Nora
Bertha, the Sewing Machine Girl (1926) .... Bertha Sloan
Summer Bachelors (1926) .... Derry Thomas
Black Paradise (1926) .... Sylvia Douglas
Sandy (1926) .... Sandy McNeil
The Dixie Merchant (1926) .... Aida Fippany
The Golden Strain (1925) .... Dixie Denniston
Lazybones (1925) .... Kit
Thunder Mountain (1925) .... Azalea
Havoc (1925) .... Tessie Dunton
Lightnin' (1925) .... Miss Millie Jones
The Man in Blue (1925) .... Teresa 'Tita' Sartori
Wings of Youth (1925) .... Madelyne Manners/Angela Du Bois
The Reckless Sex (1925) .... Mary Hamilton
The Parasite (1925) .... Joan Laird
The Dancers (1925) .... Una
A Fool and His Money (1925) .... Countess von Pless
On the Stroke of Three (1924) .... Mary Jordan
Secrets of the Night (1924) .... Anne Maynard
The Iron Horse (1924) .... Miriam Marsh
The Fire Patrol (1924) .... Molly Thatcher
Love and Glory (1924) .... Gabrielle
His Forgotten Wife (1924) .... Suzanne
Love's Whirlpool (1924) .... Nadine Milton
The White Sin (1924) .... Hattie Lou Harkness
Do It Now (1924)
No More Women (1924) .... Peggy Van Dyke
Soul of the Beast (1923) .... Ruth Lorrimore
Are You a Failure? (1923) .... Phyllis Thorpe
Garrison's Finish (1923) .... Sue Desha
The Hottentot (1922) .... Peggy Fairfax
Lorna Doone (1922) .... Lorna Doone
Hail the Woman (1921) .... Nan Higgins
The Call of the North (1921) .... Virginia Albret
... aka The Conjuror's House (UK)
Love Never Dies (1921) .... Tilly Whaley
Blind Hearts (1921) .... Julia Larson
Passing Through (1921) .... Mary Spivins
... aka Passin' Thru
... aka Passing Thru
The Cup of Life (1921) .... Pain
The Riddle: Woman (1920) .... Marie Meyer
|~The Los Angeles Times~
June 26, 1990
Iron Horse," made her stage debut at age 5 and began studying serious acting a decade later.
Born Margaret Philpott on June 30, 1900, in Hillsboro, Texas, Bellamy appeared in several New York
theatrical productions as well as the road show of "Pollyanna."
The brown-eyed actress made her film debut in 1920 in the screen adaptation of the play "The Riddle
Woman" and had featured roles in 40 silent films.
In the John Ford classic "The Iron Horse," Bellamy portrayed the daughter of the first
transcontinental railroad's chief contractor. As "Lorna Doone," Bellamy projected a sweet innocence
as the aristocratic girl captured and raised by bandits before being swept away by the dashing hero.
She went on to have roles in 10 talking pictures, including "White Zombie," a seminal 1932 horror
film in which she starred opposite Bela Lugosi, fresh from his success in "Dracula."
After her early Hollywood successes, however, Bellamy attracted far more attention for her
tempestuous love life than for her oft-praised acting skills.
Her love affairs first drew headlines in 1928, when she and Los Angeles bond broker Logan Metcalf
slipped away to Tijuana to be wed. Within four days, they had separated and Metcalf filed for a
divorce. "She was the sweetest thing in the world while I was courting her," Metcalf told a judge. "...
(But) at our first meal after the wedding she started being temperamental."
In 1943, she was charged with assault with a deadly weapon after firing three shots at a boyfriend
who jilted her for a model. In testimony, Bellamy claimed that the wealthy lumber company
executive had called her his "little Easter egg" and promised to marry her. The actress, who added
that she was only "trying to scare the gizzard out of him," received a six-month suspended sentence.
One of the last remaining stars of the silent era, she had lived quietly in Riverside and San
Bernardino counties for several decades after her film career took a plunge with the advent of the
talkies in the 1930s. Settling in Ontario in her later years, the feisty actress remained a witty
conversationalist but in a somewhat solitary lifestyle, acquaintances said.
— Paul Feldman in the Los Angeles Times Jan. 26, 1990