|THE INTERNATIONAL SILENT MOVIE|
1903 - 1998
The actress Billie Dove was born as Lilian Bohny, daughter of a Swiss immigrant, in New York.
She began her career as a Follies girl in 1917 but she early directed
her attention to the film business. In 1921 she got her first small role
in the movie "Get-rich-quick Wallingford".
When Douglas Fairbanks sr. offered her the role in his movie "The Black Pirate" (26) it marked the breakthrough for Billie Dove. She became an international star over night who got about 35'000 letters a month from fans all around the world.
In the next years she played successful in the silent movies "The Marriage Clause" (26), "Sensation Seekers" (27) - both directed by Lois Weber - "The Stolen Bride" (27), "American Beauty" (27), "Night Watch" (28) and "Adoration" (28).
In 1927 she met the young and eccentric Howard Hughes. He became obsessed by her and offered her husband $325'000 for a divorce. After that he bought her contract at First National and signed her on for his own company "Caddo Pictures". But the movies "The Age of Love" (31) and "Cock of the Air" (32) failed.
Although Billie Dove took part in successful talkies like "Her Private Life" (29), "The Painted Angel" (29), "A Notorious Affair" (30) and "The Lady Who Dared" (31) beside these failures she decided after the movie "Blondie of the Follies" (32) to finish her impressive career and retired from the film business. She got married with Bob Kenaston in 1933 with whom she had two children.
Other movies with Billie Dove: