Blanche Sweet

Photo: Albert Witzel (1879-1929)

1895 - 1986

The actress Blanche Sweet was born into an acting family and had her first appearance at the age of four.
Therefore it doesn't surprise that the petite actress could already gain a foothold in the film business in 1909. In the first years she took part in numerous movies, especially with the legendary director D.W. Griffith who often offered her strong woman parts. Her movies with Griffith were among others "A Corner in Wheat" (09), "A Romance of the Western Hills" (10), "The Lonedale Operator" (11), "Judith of Bethulia" (14) and "Home, Sweet Home" (14).

When she went to the Lasky Feature Play Company in 1915 there came great successes like "The Warrens of Virginia" (15), "The Ragamuffin" (16) and "The Storm" (16) into being. 
The year 1917 was very important for Blanche Sweet. She met director Marshall Neilan and fell in love with him. They shot some popular movies like "Those Without Sin" (17), "The Tides of Barnegat" (17), "The Silent Partner" (17), "The Unpardonable Sin" (19), "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" (24), "Sporting Venus" (25) and their last common movie "Diplomacy" (26). The marriage was dissolved in 1929.

Other well-known silent movies with Blanche Sweet were "A Woman of Pleasure" (19), "Simple Souls" (20), "Quincy Adams Sawyer" (22), "The Meanest Man in the World" (23), "Anna Christie" (23) - one of her best performances - "The Lady From Hell" (26) and "Bluebeard's Seven Wives" (26).

Whe the younger generation followed and the sound film changed the film business completely, Blanche Sweet only took part in three talkies called "Show Girl in Hollywood" (30), "The Silver Horde" (30) and "The Woman Racket" (30). After that she retired from the film business and appeared at Vaudeville and other theaters.

She made a short comeback in 1959 with her entrance in "The Five Pennies" (59) - her very latest movie.
Blanche Sweet offered her services for historians in the 60's who tried to reconstruct the history of Hollywood, and helped them with her huge experience she made during the silent movie era.

Other movies with Blanche Sweet:
A Man with Three Wives (09) To Save Her Soul (09) Choosing a Husband (09) The Day After (09) The Rocky Road (10) All on Account of the Milk (10) A Flash of Light (10) The Two Paths (11) Heart Beats of Long Ago (11) His Daughter (11) Lily of the Tenements (11) A Decree of Destiny (11) Was He a Coward? (11) The Spanish Gypsy (11) The Broken Cross (11) How She Triumphed (11) The White Rose of the Wilds (11) The Smile of a Child (11) The Primal Call (11) Fighting Blood (11) A Country Cupid (11) The Last Drop of Water (11) Out From the Shadow (11) The Blind Princess and the Poet (11) The Stuff Heroes Are Made Of (11) The Making of a Man (11) The Long Road (11) Love in the Hills (11) The Battle (11) Through Darkened Vales (11) The Miser's Heart (11) A Woman Scorned (11) The Voice of the Child (11) Winning an Heiress (11) The Country Lovers (11) The Eternal Mother (12) The Transformation on Mike (12) A Sister's Love (12) For His Son (12) Under Burning Skies (12) The Goddess of Sagebrush Gulch (12) The Punishment (12) One Is Business, the Other Crime (12) The Lesser Evil (12) An Outcast Among Outcasts (12) A Temporary Truce (12) The Spirit Awakened (12) Man's Lust for Gold (12) The Inner Circle (12) With the Enemy's Help (12) A Change of Spirit (12) A Pueblo Romance (12) Blind Love (12) The Chief's Blanket (12) The Painted Lady (12) The God Within (12) A Sailor's Heart (12) Three Friends (13) Pirate Gold (13) Oil and Water (13) A Chance Deception (13) The Massacre (13) Love in an Apartment Hotel (13) Broken Ways (13) Near to Earth (13) The Hero of Little Italy (13) If We Only Knew (13) Death's Marathon (13) The Mistake (13) The Coming of Angelo (13) Two Men of the Desert (13) The Vengeance of Galora (13) The Stolen Bride (13) The House of Discord (13) Classmates (14) The Battle at Elderbush Gulch (14) Brute Force (14) The Escape (14) The Avenging Conscience: Thou Shalt Not Kill (14) For Her Father's Sins (14) The Odalisque (14) The Tear That Burned (14) Strongheart (14) The Soul of Honor (14) The Sentimental Sister (14) The Second Mrs. Roebuck (14) The Old Maid (14) Men and Women (14) The Little Country Mouse (14) Her Awakening (14) For Those Unborn (14) Ashes of the Past (14) The Captive (15) Stolen Goods (15) The Clue (15) The Secret Orchard (15) The Case of Becky (15) The Secret Sin (15) The Blacklist (16) The Sowers (16) The Thousand-Dollar Husband (16) The Dupe (16) Public Opinion (16) Unprotected (16) The Evil Eye (17) The Hushed Hour (19) Fighting Cressy (20) The Deadlier Sex (20) The Girl in the Web (20) Help Wanted - Male (20) Her Unwilling Husband (20) That Girl Montana (21) Souls for Sale (23) In the Palace of the King (23) Those Who Dance (24) Those Who Dare (24) His Supreme Moment (25) Why Women Love (25) The New Commandment (25) The Far Cry (26) Singed (27) The Woman in White (29) Always Faithful (29)