Barbara La Marr (born Reatha Dale Watson; July 28, 1896 – January 30, 1926) was an American film actress and screenwriter who appeared in twenty-seven films during her career between 1920 and 1926. La Marr was also noted by the media for her beauty, dubbed as the "Girl Who Is Too Beautiful," as well as her tumultuous personal life.
Barbara La Marr was born in Yakima, Washington, on July 28, 1896, as Reatha Watson. Her childhood was mostly uneventful, mainly because Yakima--today a medium-sized city with a population of over 50, 000-wasn't exactly a beehive of activity. Her parents eventually moved to the Los Angeles area, where she began to explore the show business...
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My biography, Barbara La Marr: The Girl Who Was Too Beautiful for Hollywood, released by the University Press of Kentucky and selected as one of the Huffington Post’s “Best Film Books of 2017,” is available on the University Press of Kentucky website, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.
Mini Bio (1) Barbara La Marr was born in Yakima, Washington, on July 28, 1896, as Reatha Watson. Her childhood was mostly uneventful, mainly because Yakima--today a medium-sized city with a population of over 50, 000-wasn't exactly a beehive of activity.
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- July 28, 1896 in Yakima, Washington, USA
Not long before her passing at age twenty-nine on January 30, 1926, Barbara La Marr, one of Hollywood’s most infamous, misunderstood screen sirens, asked writer Jim Tully, a friend of hers, “Some day, Jim, will you write about me—and tell them that I wasn’t everything I played on the screen?”
- Too Pretty For This World. Beauty may be only skin deep, but sometimes that’s as deep as people care to go. Among her many changing monikers (more on that below), La Marr was christened, “The Girl Who Is Too Beautiful” by the media.
- Here Or There? La Marr was born in 1896; that much is certain. What remains hazy is where that birth took place. Despite records stating La Marr was born in Washington, she claimed to have been born in Richmond, Virginia.
- Creative Input. As a multitalented beauty, it makes sense that Barbara La Marr wasn’t content to just be the star of a film. When it came to La Marr’s very first starring role, in a dark drama about a woman struggling with split-personality disorder entitled Sandra, she also served as a co-writer.
- Sleep When You’re Dead. As La Marr’s film career rose, La Marr was thrown into Hollywood night life. The already-wild actress adjusted to this change of pace with enthusiasm.
Feb 10, 2017 · Barbara La Marr [is] back in Hollywood and famous after old court ruling. “Too beautiful to live in Los Angeles,” according to the Judge who banished her to her home at El Centro, Reatha Watson has...
Largely unknown today, Barbara La Marr was a famous movie star of the silent screen, as well-known for her off-screen exploits as on. But in on-screen and off-screen paradigms where beautiful women fit into two neat little boxes – naive ingenues needing protection and knowing vamps we need protection from – Barbara was unfairly vilified.
Mar 01, 2015 · Barbara La Marr died from tuberculosis on 30 January 1926, the day before her last picture, The Girl from Montmartre was released. MGM chose to make an announcement about the cause of death, saying it was brought about through ‘vigorous dieting’.