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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