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Barbara Bennett

Barbara Bennett
Personal information
Birth nameBarbara Jane Bennett
Birth dateAugust 13, 1906
Place of birthPalisades Park, New Jersey, U.S.
Date of deathAugust 8, 1958(age 51)
Death placeMontréal, Québec, Canada
Spouse-Morton Downey-1929-1941
-Addison Randall-1941-1945
-Laurent Suprenant-1954-1958

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Barbara Jane Bennett (August 13, 1906 August 8, 1958) was an American silent film actress.

Born into an acting family, she was the daughter of actor Richard Bennett and actress Adrienne Morrison, whose father was the stage actor Lewis Morrison. Her sisters were actresses Constance and Joan Bennett.

Bennett would never succeed to the fame that either of her sisters achieved. She married three times in her lifetime. Her first husband was singer and song writer Morton Downey. They married on January 28, 1929, and had five children: adopted son Michael, daughter Lorelle, and sons Morton Downey Jr, who would go on to fame as a television personality, Anthony, and Kevin. They divorced in June 1941. Shortly afterward, Bennett married actor Addison Randall, a popular romantic star and singing cowboy at the time. On July 16, 1945, Randall died after suffering a heart attack and falling from a horse during the filming of The Royal Mounted Rides Again. Bennett married Laurent Suprenant in 1954. They remained together until her death four years later.

Many people believe Bennett was portrayed in the 1981 film Mommie Dearest by actress Jocelyn Brando, older sister of actor Marlon Brando, but this is not the case. It is a coincidence that the Redbook writer in the movie has the same name. Bennett was never a magazine writer. She held sporadic jobs, once as a literary rep for Walter Wanger; Bennett scouted best-sellers and the like as potential movie properties, especially for Wanger's wife, her sister Joan.Barbara Bennett died at age 51 from a heart attack in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

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