Laura La Plante
Laura La Plante (November 1, 1904 - October 14, 1996) was an American film actress who achieved her greatest success in silent movies.
Born Laura La Plant in St. Louis, Missouri, La Plante made her acting debut at the age of 15, and in 1923 was named as one of the years WAMPAS Baby Stars. During the 1920s she appeared in more than sixty films, and achieved her greatest success in the 1929 film Show Boat. She appeared in only a handful of films with the advent of talking pictures, and retired in 1957.
She was the sister of actress Violet La Plante.
She died in Woodland Hills, California from Alzheimer's Disease.
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During the 1920s she appeared in more than sixty films, and achieved her greatest success in the 1929 film Show Boat. With her husband she became a successful horse breeder, and after his death ran a jewellery business. Louis, Missouri, La Plante made her acting debut at the age of 15, and in 1923 was named as one of the years WAMPAS Baby Stars. These films were relatively successful and Leeds remained a popular actress, however she had married in 1939 and decided to leave films to devote herself to raising a family. Born Laura La Plant in St. Her final film, Earthbound (1940), was a fantasy murder mystery in which Leeds' character solves the murder of her husband aided by his ghost. Laura La Plante (November 1, 1904 - October 14, 1996) was an American film actress who achieved her greatest success in silent movies. She continued to play the romantic female lead in the western The Real Glory opposite Gary Cooper and David Niven, and with Don Ameche in the biography of Stephen Foster, Swanee River (1939).
She next appeared in two films opposite Joel McCrea, in Youth Takes a Fling (1938) and They Shall Have Music (1939), for the first time playing the lead female role in films. The film was not a success and received poor reviews. Her wholesome quality led to her being cast in The Goldwyn Follies (1938) playing "Miss Humanity" - a woman considered by a jaded Hollywood executive to represent the ideal American woman. As part of a cast of highly regarded actresses including Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Lucille Ball and Eve Arden, Leeds was singled out by many critics and received widespread acclaim.
She received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her next role, as an unsuccessful, aspiring actress in Stage Door (1937). As Andrea Leeds she played her first substantial role in the 1936 film Come and Get It and achieved another success with her next film It Could Happen to You (1937). Born Antoinette Lees in Butte, Montana, she began her film career in 1934 playing bit parts and using her given name. Andrea Leeds (August 14, 1914 – May 21, 1984) was an American film actress.