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William Haines

William Haines
as he appeared in his first talkie,
Alias Jimmy Valentine (1928)
Personal information
Birth nameCharles William Haines
Birth dateJanuary 2, 1900
Place of birthStaunton, Virginia,
United States
Date of deathDecember 26, 1973(age 73)
Death placeSanta Monica, California,
United States
Interior designer
Years active1922 - 34
PartnerJimmie Shields

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Charles William "Billy" Haines (January 2, 1900 - December 26, 1973) was an American film actor and interior designer. He was a star of the silent era until the 1930s, when Haines' career was cut short by MGM Studios due to his refusal to deny his homosexuality. Haines never returned to film and instead started a successful interior design business with his life partner and supported by friends in Hollywood.

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