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Phyllis Haver Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Jan 6, 1899
  • Died: Nov 19, 1960

Fresh out of Los Angeles Polytechnic High, Phyllis Haver paid a visit to the [[Performer~P110811~Mack Sennett~macksennett]] studios, hoping to get a job as an actress. According to Haver, her "audition" consisted of having the attractiveness of her knees assessed by a bored [[Performer~P110811~Mack Sennett~macksennett]]. Slightly more talented than most of the Sennett bathing beauties, Haver quickly worked her way up to leading roles, then left 2-reelers for a substantial career in silent features. Among her best roles were accused murderess Roxy Hart in the first film version of [[Feature~V87105~Chicago~chicago]] (1927) and the no-better-than-she-ought-to-be Shanghai Mabel in [[Feature~V116427~What Price Glory?~whatpriceglory]] (1927). Sensing that her career would end when talkies began, Haver retired in 1929 to marry a New York millionaire (According to one story, she invoked the "act of God" clause in her contract, cracking "if marrying a millionaire ain't an act of God, I don't know what is"). Divorced in 1945, Haver continued to live in wealthy retirement, appearing before the cameras one last time during a 1954 TV testimonial to her old boss [[Performer~P110811~Mack Sennett~macksennett]]. In 1960, Phyllis Haver died of an overdose of barbiturates. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


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