Friday, October 22, 2010
Happy Birthday Constance Bennett (1904 - 1965)
The oldest of the three Bennett girls: Constance, Joan and Barbara. Constance starred in several screwball comedies such as Merrily We Live, Topper, and Ladies in Love. In the 1940s she made fewer films, working in radio and theatre; shrewd in business, she invested wisely and started businesses marketing women's wear and cosmetics. Loving conflict, she feuded with the press and enjoyed lawsuits. Her last marriage, to a U.S. Air Force colonel, was happy and gave her a key role coordinating shows flown to Europe for occupying troops (1946-48) and the Berlin Airlift (1948-49), winning her military honors. Still young-looking, she died suddenly at age 60 shortly after completing the last of her 57 films.
Bio by Rod Crawford