Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
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Lina Basquette Biography (1907-1994)
Born Lena Baskette, April 19, 1907, in San Mateo, CA; died of cancer at her home in Wheeling, WV, September 30, 1994; daughter of Frank (a drugstore owner) and Gladys (Lee) Baskette; married Sam Warner (cofounder of Warner Brothers), July 4, 1925 (deceased, 1927); married J. Peverell Marley (a cinematographer), 1929 (divorced, September, 1930); married Ray Hallam (an actor), 1931 (deceased, 1931); married Theodore Hayes (a prizefight trainer), December, 1931(Hayes was already married to another woman, so the marriage was not legal),1933 (for the second time; divorced, 1935); married Henry Mollison (an actor), 1937 (marriage ended); married Warner Gilmore, 1948 (divorced, 1950); married seventh husband, 1959; children: (with Warner) Lita Warner Heller, (withHayes) Edward Alvin Hayes.
- Birth Details
- April 19, 1907
- San Mateo, California, United States
- Death Details
- September 30, 1994
- Wheeling, West Virginia, United States
Credits; Film Appearances; Under Name Lena Baskette
- The Juvenile Dancer Supreme: Lena Baskette in a Group of Classical Dances, Universal, 1916.
- "The Black Mantilla," Lena Baskette Featurettes, Universal, 1917.
- "A Dream of Egypt," Lena Baskette Featurettes, Universal, 1917.
- "A Romany Rose," Lena Baskette Featurettes, Universal, 1917.
- "Little Mariana's Triumph," Lena Baskette Featurettes, Universal, 1917.
- "Amelita's Friend," Lena Baskette Featurettes, Universal, 1917.
- Also appeared in What Love Can Do, 1916; Penrod, 1922; and in additionalLena Baskette Featurettes, Universal, 1916-1917.
Credits; Film Appearances
- Visions of Spain, Warner Bros., 1926.
- Serenade, Paramount, 1927.
- The Noose, First National, 1927.
- Rita Carey, dancer, Show Folks, Pathe, 1928.
- Come Across, Universal, 1929.
- Judith Craig, The Godless Girl, C. B. De Mille/Pathe, 1929.
- Birdie Goldfish, Younger Generation, Columbia, 1929.
- Helen Dane, The Dude Wrangler, Independent/Sono Art-World-Wide, 1930.
- Arizona Terror, Tiffany, 1931.
- Constantina, Goldie, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1931.
- Hard Hombre, Allied Pictures, 1931.
- Claudia, Morals for Women, Tiffany, 1931.
- Mounted Fury, Sono/World Wide, 1931.
- Hello Trouble, Columbia, 1932.
- Mona, Midnight Lady, Chesterfield, 1932.
- The Phantom Express, Majestic, 1932.
- Pleasure, Supreme/Artclass, 1933.
- Belle, The Final Hour, Columbia, 1936.
- Attwater's servant, Ebb Tide, Paramount, 1937.
- Brunette in saloon, Souls at Sea, Paramount, 1937.
- Ah-Nee, Four Men and a Prayer, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1938.
- Anita, Rose of the Rio Grande, Monogram, 1938.
- Mona, A Night for Crime, Producers Releasing Corporation, 1942.
- Also appeared as Nada, Paradise Park, 1993; and in Ranger of the North; Trapped; Supreme; Shoes; Prince for a Day; Wheel of Chance; Celebrity; and TheBuccaneer.
Credits; Stage Appearances
- Featured dancer, Ziegfeld Follies, New Amsterdam Theatre, New York City,1923-25.
- Dancer, Louie the 14th, Cosmopolitan Theatre, New York City, 1925.
- Also appeared as dancer, Jack and Jill, New York City, 1923; dancer, Nifties of 1923, New York City, 1923; and in LeMair's Affairs; Wonder Bar; Jack Dempsey's Knockout Review.
Credits; Major Tours
- Idiot's Delight, Australian, New Zealand, and South African cities, 1938-39.
- Private Lives, Australian, New Zealand, and South African cities, 1938-39.
- Black Limelight, Australian, New Zealand, and South African cities, 1938-39.
Credits; Television Appearances
- Appeared on The $64,000 Question as an expert on dogs, 1956.
- Your Great Dane (nonfiction), Denlinger's (Fairfax, VA), 1972.
- Lina: DeMille's Godless Girl (autobiography), Denlinger's, 1990.
- Also author of column, "Life with Lina," for Kennel Review.
- Interview, October, 1989, p. 96; June, 1992, p. 56.
- New Yorker, February 13, 1989, pp. 54-73.
- New York Times, October 6, 1994, p. D23.
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