~Margaret Leahy~

Born: August 17, 1902 in London, England, UK
Died: February 17, 1967 in Los Angeles, California, USA
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A former beauty contest winner from Great Britain, Margaret Leahy came to Hollywood courtesy of
silent screen star Norma Talmadge who claimed her to be "the most ravishing girl in England."
Leahy was hardly that and neither had she played "in both French and English cinemas on the
continent," as her publicity boldly stated. In fact, Leahy was no actress at all and director Frank
Lloyd had her dismissed from Within the Law (1922), her highly touted would-be debut. "She
couldn't walk naturally, or stand, or sit," the exhausted director explained. Having signed the girl for
three years, producer Joseph Schenck, Talmadge's husband, made sure she was voted a WAMPAS
Baby Star of 1923 and then pawned her off to his brother-in-law Buster Keaton, because, as he boldly
stated, "comic leading ladies don't have to act." Keaton's talent carried Leahy through The Three
Ages (1923) but she was almost literally dead weight and never filmed again, becoming instead an
interior decorator. Sadly, there was no happy ending for the former beauty queen, whose death in
1967 was ruled a suicide.

Biography by Hans J. Wollstein, AllMovie.com
~Silent Filmography~
Three Ages (1923) .... The Girl