Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Laura La Plante (1904-1996) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.
Born in St. Louis, MO, La Plante moved to California with her mother after her parents divorced. A relative lived near Christie Comedies, who La Plante debuted for in an uncredited role in The Great Gamble (1919). She appeared in a few shorts, but her first break came as leading lady in First National feature The Old Swimmin' Hole (1921). The Big Town Round-Up (1921) with Tom Mix was one of three at Fox before La Plante signed with Universal, where she appeared in several shorts before being cast in five Hoot Gibson Westerns during 1923-24. La Plante was a WAMPAS Baby Star of 1923, then gained notice in dramatic hits Butterfly (1924) and Smouldering Fires (1925) for director Clarence Brown. She was considered best suited to light comedies such as Skinner's Dress Suit (1926), one of five films she did for director William A. Seiter, who she married in 1926. Seiter convinced her to bob and bleach her hair, a style La Plante wore the rest of her life. Her most famous role came in The Cat and the Canary (1927) for director Paul Leni, who she also starred for in The Last Warning (1928). She was Magnolia in the screen's first Show Boat (1929), starred in William Wyler's The Love Trap (1929), and appeared in King of Jazz (1930) before leaving Universal. Lonely Wives (1931) was the best of her pre-Code era talkies, which also included Arizona (1931) opposite John Wayne, and God's Gift to Women (1931), only notable for the presence co-stars Joan Blondell and Louise Brooks. La Plante moved on to Warner Bros. Teddington Studios in London and, shortly after securing a divorce from Seiter, married producer Irving Asher in 1934. A handful of UK releases included The Church Mouse (1934) and Man of the Moment (1935). With war threatening Europe, the Ashers moved back to America, where La Plante only came out of retirement for Little Mister Jim (1946), a couple of TV spots, and Spring Reunion (1957), her final film. Asher died in 1985, and La Plante succumbed to Alzheimer's disease in 1996, age 91.
Birthday: November 1