WAMPAS Baby Stars

The WAMPAS Baby Stars was a promotional campaign sponsored by the United States Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers, which honored thirteen (fourteen in 1932) young women each year whom they believed to be on the threshold of movie stardom. Not all of them reached expected heights.

Most well known names include Joan Crawford, Janet Gaynor, Ginger Rogers, Mary Astor, Jean Arthur, Delores Costello, Gloria Stuart, Delores Del Rio, Clara Bow, Joan Blondell and Anita Page.

Interesting to note that of 145 women on this list, three lived passed their 100th birthday, 27 lived into their 90s, at least three committed suicide at young ages, the youngest to die was 14 years old, thirteen were born outside the US and only one WAMPAS Baby Star is still living.
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1.
Marion Aye
Marion Aye was born Maryon Eloise Aye on April 5, 1903 in Chicago, Illinois. Her father was a lawyer who moved the family to California. When she was fifteen Marion lied about her age to elope with her older boyfriend Sherman Plaskett. Sadly he passed away just a year later. While walking on the beach in a bathing suit Marion was discovered by producer Mack Sennett...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1922
Born 1903 - Died 1951 aged 48
 ” - christopherbkk
 
2.
Helen Ferguson
Actress, Just Pals
Illinois-born Helen Ferguson is thought to have made her film debut at age 13 in 1914, although her first recorded credits are in 1917. She played opposite such action stars as Hoot Gibson and Harry Carey, and when she went to Fox in the early 1920s to star opposite Buck Jones, her career really took off...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1922
Born 1900 - Died 1977 aged 76
 ” - christopherbkk
 
3.
Lila Lee
A performer since childhood (she was widely known then as "Cuddles"), pert and pretty, raven-haired Lila Lee was brought to Hollywood by Paramount mogul Jesse L. Lasky and debuted in a starring role with The Cruise of the Make-Believes as a poor girl supported by a rich admirer. Following her appearance as a servant wench in Cecil B. DeMille's Male and Female...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1922
Born 1901 - Died 1973 aged 72
 ” - christopherbkk
 
4.
Jacqueline Logan
Beautiful auburn-haired, green-eyed leading lady of the silent screen, a "hand-picked" (by the great Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. himself) Ziegfeld Follies girl of 1920. "Jackie" was the daughter of architect Charles A. Logan and the Boston Conservatory opera singer and music teacher Marion Logan. She had a bit of a musical background...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1922
Born 1901 - Died 1983 aged 82

*Performed as a 1920 Ziegfeld Girl with Doris Eaton
 ” - christopherbkk
 
5.
Louise Lorraine
Louise Lorraine's small stature and delicate beauty seemed hardly the qualities to be desired in a serial heroine, but she starred in 11 of the physically demanding, action-filled cliffhangers, and showed as much spirit as, and in some cases more than, many of her colleagues in that genre. Louise's...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1922
Born 1901 - Died 1981 aged 80
 ” - christopherbkk
 
6.
Bessie Love
Bessie Love was born in Texas. Her cowboy father moved the family to Hollywood, where he became a chiropractor. As the family needed money, Bessie's mother sent her to Biograph Studios, hoping she would become an actress. D.W. Griffith saw she was pretty and had some acting talent, and put her in several of his films...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1922
Born 1898 - Died 1986 aged 87

*Nominated for an Oscar in 1930
*Appeared in the James Bond movie, On Her Majesty's Secret Service
 ” - christopherbkk
 
7.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1922
Born 1903 - Died 1978 aged 74

 ” - christopherbkk
 
8.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1922
Born 1904 - Died 1995 aged 91

*Had the lead female role opposite Lon Chaney in The Hunchback of Notre Dame
 ” - christopherbkk
 
9.
Colleen Moore
Actress, Ella Cinders
Her father was an irrigation engineer. She was convent-educated and studied piano at the Detroit Conservatory. D.W. Griffith brought her to Hollywood in 1917, returning a favor to her uncle, 'Walter C. Howey , the Chicago Examiner editor who helped him clear The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages through the censors...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1922
Born 1899 - Died 1988 aged 88
 ” - christopherbkk
 
10.
Mary Philbin
Mary Philbin's life should be a lesson to domineering parents. Mary was born on July 16, 1903, in Chicago, Illinois, to John Philbin and his first wife and namesake, Mary. The child was regarded as a little beauty from an early age and her mother was exceedingly proud of her and loved to show her off...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1922
Born 1902 - Died 1993 aged 90

*Appeared opposite Lon Chaney in The Phantom of the Opera
*Lifelong friends with Carla Laemmle
 ” - christopherbkk
 
11.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1922
Born 1901 - Died 1977 aged 76

 ” - christopherbkk
 
12.
Lois Wilson
Actress, Guiding Light
A schoolteacher who became a stage actress (briefly), Lois Wilson entered films in 1916 at Paramount (her sisters, Diana Kane and Connie Lewis, also worked as actresses). Wilson played leading roles well into the sound era, and after she retired from the screen she worked sporadically in television and again appeared on stage.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1922
Born 1894 - Died 1988 aged 93

*Best friends with Gloria Swanson
 ” - christopherbkk
 
13.
Claire Windsor
Actress, The Blot
Silent-era star Claire Windsor was born Clara Viola Cronk in Cawker City, Kansas, the daughter of Ella and G.E. Cronk. She was educated at Broadway High School in Seattle, Washington, and Washburn Preperatory Academy in Topeka, Kansas. She studied voice and piano at Cohn's Conservatory of Music in Seattle...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1922
Born 1892 - Died 1972 aged 80

*Had dinner with William Desmond Taylor the night before he was murdered.
 ” - christopherbkk
 
14.
Eleanor Boardman
Actress, The Crowd
Philadelphia-born Eleanor Boardman had always wanted to be an actress, and as soon as she graduated high school she headed for New York to conquer Broadway. When Broadway proved not quite ready to be conquered yet, she took whatever jobs she could find, including one as an artist's model. In that capacity she heard that the Selwyn Organization...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1923
Born 1898 - Died 1991 aged 93
 ” - christopherbkk
 
15.
Evelyn Brent
Petite, sultry leading lady of the 1920's and 30's, who was born and schooled in Tampa, Florida, until the age of ten when she lost her mother. She moved to New York with her dad and started modelling while still in her teens. Her original intention was to go into the teaching profession. Instead, she...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1923
Born 1899 - Died 1975 aged 75
 ” - christopherbkk
 
16.
Dorothy Devore
Actress, Know Thy Wife
Diminutive, brown-haired Dorothy Devore was born Inez Williams in Ft. Worth, TX. She completed her schooling in Los Angeles when her family moved to California. She first acted in amateur revues, which she also produced and for which she contributed the music. While still in her mid-teens she performed in nightclubs and worked as a singer in vaudeville...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1923
Born 1899 - Died 1976 aged 76
 ” - christopherbkk
 
17.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1923
Born 1904 - Died 1980 aged 76
 ” - christopherbkk
 
18.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1923
Born 1900 - Died 1950 aged 50
 ” - christopherbkk
 
19.
Pauline Garon
Born in Montreal, the youngest of 11 children, Pauline Garon spent seven years at one of the most prestigious convent schools in Montreal, le Sacre-Coeur. She wasn't yet 20 when she ran away to New York to become an actress. After some success on Broadway in plays such as "Buddies" and "Sonny," she made her first movie...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1923
Born 1901 - Died 1965 aged 63

Of all the WAMPAS Baby Stars, only thirteen were born outside the USA. Pauline Garon was born in Canada.
 ” - christopherbkk
 
20.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1923
Born 1903 - Died 1954 aged 51
 ” - christopherbkk
 
21.
Laura La Plante
Laura La Plante was 15 years old when she entered films as a Christie Comedy Bathing Beauty. By 1921, she had played a number of roles including a Tom Mix Western called The Big Town Round-Up for Fox and The Old Swimmin' Hole for First National. Laura, now 17, next signed with Universal, where she appeared in shorts...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1923
Born 1904 - Died 1996 aged 91
 ” - christopherbkk
 
22.
Margaret Leahy
Actress, Three Ages
At 18 years of age, Margaret Leahy set up a costume shop in England designing women's clothing and modeling her designs for interested buyers. In 1922, Constance and Norma Talmadge, Joseph Schenck and film director Edward Jose held a contest in England to find a new leading lady. The contestants numbered nearly 80,000...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1923
Born 1902 - Died 1967 aged 64

Of all the WAMPAS Baby Stars, only thirteen were born outside the USA. Margaret Leahy was born in England.
 ” - christopherbkk
 
23.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1923
Born 1900 - Died 1965 aged 64
 ” - christopherbkk
 
24.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1923
Born 1902 - Died 1989 aged 87
 ” - christopherbkk
 
25.
Jobyna Ralston
Actress, Wings
Curly-locked, cherubic knockabout comedienne of the silent cinema. Her mother, portrait photographer Mrs. Kemp Raulston, named her after her favorite actress, Jobyna Howland. She harbored ambitions for her daughter to achieve similar fame and trained her to that end. After a failed teenage marriage to a local farmer...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1923
Born 1899 - Died 1967 aged 67
 ” - christopherbkk
 
26.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1923
Born 1898 - Died 1951 aged 53
 ” - christopherbkk
 
27.
Clara Bow
Actress, Wings
Clara Bow was born in a run-down tenement in old Brooklyn, to a schizophrenic Mother and a chronically destitute, physically abusive father. As a child, she was a tomboy and played games in the streets with the boys; since her clothes were so ragged and dirty other girl children wouldn't play with her...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1924
Born 1905 - Died 1965 aged 65
 ” - christopherbkk
 
28.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1924
Born 1903 - Died 1957 aged 53
 ” - christopherbkk
 
29.
Carmelita Geraghty
The daughter of screenwriter Tom Geraghty and sister of writers Maurice Geraghty and Gerald Geraghty, Carmelita Geraghty was a graduate of Hollywood High School, where she was in charge of the school calendar. Voted a WAMPAS Baby Star in 1924, she spent most of her career as a leading lady, playing with Reed Howes and Estelle Taylor's husband, former heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1924
Born 1901 - Died 1966 aged 65
 ” - christopherbkk
 
30.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1924
Born 1909 - Died 1947 aged 38
 ” - christopherbkk
 
31.
Ruth Hiatt
Actress, Family Life
Pert, curly-haired Ruth Hiatt was born Ruth Redfern, a WAMPAS Baby Star of 1924, former child actress, dancer and comedienne. She had moved with her family from San Diego and made her screen bow at age eleven. Ruth was briefly under contract with the Lubin company in 1915, later moving on to Educational and then to Mack Sennett's Keystone...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1924
Born 1906 - Died 1994 aged 88
 ” - christopherbkk
 
32.
Julanne Johnston
From Indianapolis Julanne's family lived briefly in Pittsburg, Pa., and then settled in Los Angeles where she attended the Hollywood School for Girls. She also studied dancing, went on tour with the Ruth St. Denis dancers, which led to her first screen part as a dancer. In her post-screen life in Grosse Pointe and Detroit she was active as a volunteer at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1924
Born 1900 - Died 1988 aged 88
 ” - christopherbkk
 
33.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1924
Born 1904 - Died 1979 aged 74
 ” - christopherbkk
 
34.
Dorothy Mackaill
Actress, Safe in Hell
Dorothy Mackaill was 11 when her parents separated; she then lived with her father. A rebellious teenager, Dorothy -- who had long wanted a career in the theater -- ran away to London and finally persuaded her father to pay for her board and lessons. Her first job was in the chorus; she then traveled to Paris...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1924
Born 1903 - Died 1990 aged 87
 ” - christopherbkk
 
35.
Blanche Mehaffey
Blanche Mehaffey born in Cincinnati in 1907 began as a dancer with the Ziegfeld Follies before coming to Hollywood, star of many comedies, westerns and drama films from 1923, first starring in many short comedies for the Hal Roach Film Company often playing opposite Charley Chase and later Glenn Tryon...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1924
Born 1907 - Died 1968 aged 60
 ” - christopherbkk
 
36.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1924
Born 1898- Died 1968 aged 69
 ” - christopherbkk
 
37.
Marian Nixon
Actress, Tango
Marian Nixon was born on October 20, 1904, in Superior, Wisconsin. Her career started in 1923 when she played Agnes Evans in Cupid's Fireman. She was nineteen. Marian always gave a good account for herself when she appeared in films and was much in demand throughout the 1920s. Marian was one of those fortunate actresses who made the successful transition to the "talkie" era...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1924
Born 1904 - Died 1983 aged 78
 ” - christopherbkk
 
38.
Lucille Ricksen
Lucille Ricksen was born Ingeborg Erickson on August 22, 1910, in Chicago, Illinois. She worked a child model and made her film debut at the age of five. Her parents separated and her mother took her to Hollywood in 1920. Ten year old Lucille was offered a contract with Samuel Goldwyn and starred in a series of short films...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1924
Born 1910 - Died 1925 aged 14

The shortest lived WAMPAS Baby Star.

One of the first children to be exploited by parents in Hollywood. Her parents pushing her to work so much was the reason for her illness and subsequent death.
 ” - christopherbkk
 
39.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1925
Born 1904 - Died 1966 aged 61
 ” - christopherbkk
 
40.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1924
Born 1904 - Died 1992 aged 87
 ” - christopherbkk
 
41.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1925
Born 1908- Died 1984 aged 76
 ” - christopherbkk
 
42.
Olive Borden
Actress, 3 Bad Men
Considered one of the most beautiful actresses of the silent era, Borden was a 'Mack Sennet' bathing beauty at 15 and reached the peak of her career in 1926 when she made 11 films for Fox Studios and was earning $1,500 a week. Refusing to take a salary cut, Borden abruptly left Fox in 1928 and made only a few pictures for other studios before retiring from films in 1938...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1925
Born 1906 - Died 1947 aged 41
 ” - christopherbkk
 
43.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1925
Born 1897 - Died 1980 aged 83
 ” - christopherbkk
 
44.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1925
Born 1906 - Died 1993 aged 87

Of all the WAMPAS Baby Stars, only thirteen were born outside the USA. Ena Gregory was born in Australia.
 ” - christopherbkk
 
45.
Madeline Hurlock
Actress, Water Wagons
Sophisticated, dark-haired star of silent screen comedy. Of English and Italian ancestry, Madeline was educated in Philadelphia and first appeared on stage with the Little Theatre. Moving on to New York, she acted and danced in musical comedy at the Century Roof Garden and made her Broadway debut in the ensemble cast of 'The Rose of China' in 1919...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1925
Born 1899 - Died 1989 aged 89
 ” - christopherbkk
 
46.
Natalie Joyce
Actress, Pink Pajamas
Natalie Joyce was born Natalie Marie Johnson in Virginia. She was one of eight children and her family moved to Pennsylvania when she was young. At the age of eighteen Natalie moved to New York to be an actress. She danced in the Ziegfeld Follies and was offered a movie contract at Christie Studios...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1925
Born 1902 - Died 1992 aged 90
 ” - christopherbkk
 
47.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1925
Born 1903 - Died 1984 aged 80
 ” - christopherbkk
 
48.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1925
Born 1907 - Died 1980 aged 73
 ” - christopherbkk
 
49.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1925
Born 1908 - Died 1960 aged 52
 ” - christopherbkk
 
50.
Dorothy Revier
Actress, The Iron Mask
Silent screen vamp Dorothy Revier (nee Velegra) was born in San Francisco, California on April 18, 1904, the daughter of a musician. As a result, Dorothy found herself leaning towards a career in music, finding work as a chorine and nightclub dancer in her teens. She broke into films at age 17 with Life's Greatest Question...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1925
Born 1904 - Died 1993 aged 89
 ” - christopherbkk
 
51.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1925
Born 1903 - Died 1970 aged 67
 ” - christopherbkk
 
52.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1925
Born 1904 - Died 1995 aged 91
 ” - christopherbkk
 
53.
Mary Astor
Mary Astor was born, Lucile Vasconcellos Langhanke, on May 3, 1906 in Quincy, Illinois to a German immigrant father, Otto Ludwig Langhanke, and an American mother from Illinois, Helen Marie Vasconcellos, of Portuguese and Irish ancestry. Her parents were very ambitious for her as they recognized Mary's beauty and knowing if they played their cards right...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1926
Born 1906 - Died 1987 aged 81

Won an Oscar in 1942
 ” - christopherbkk
 
54.
Mary Brian
Dubbed "The Sweetest Girl in Pictures", Mary Brian started life as Louise Byrdie Datzler. She was born in Corsicana, Texas, and went to high school in Dallas. Her widowed mother had big plans for young Louise and took her to California in 1923, with the intention of getting her into the film business...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1926
Born 1906 - Died 2002 aged 96
 ” - christopherbkk
 
55.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1926
Born 1907 - Died 1997 aged 90
 ” - christopherbkk
 
56.
Dolores Costello
Dolores Costello was once known as the Goddess of the Silent Screen but is probably best remembered today as Drew Barrymore's grandmother. She was born in 1905 to actors Maurice Costello and Mae Costello. Her father began his film career in 1908. He would soon become the most popular matinée idol of his day...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1926
Born 1903 - Died 1979 aged 75

Only sisters to be WAMPAS Baby Stars were Delores and Helene Costello

Known as the Goddess of the Silent Screen
 ” - christopherbkk
 
57.
Joan Crawford
Joan Crawford was born Lucille Fay LeSueur on March 23, 1905, in San Antonio, Texas, to Anna Belle (Johnson) and Thomas E. LeSueur, a laundry laborer. By the time she was born, her parents had separated, and by the time she was a teenager, she'd had three stepfathers. It wasn't an easy life; Crawford worked a variety of menial jobs...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1926
Born 1906 - Died 1977 aged 71

Won an Oscar in 1945 and was nominated in 1947 and 1953
 ” - christopherbkk
 
58.
Marceline Day
Actress, The Cameraman
The younger sister of actress Alice Day, Marceline Day achieved stardom in the mid-'20s, appearing opposite such stars as John Barrymore and Lon Chaney. Adept at comedy, she also starred with such top comics as Buster Keaton and Harry Langdon. Her career faltered in the early '30s, however, and she was soon reduced to appearing in low-budget thrillers and action pictures...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1926
Born 1908 - Died 2000 aged 91
 ” - christopherbkk
 
59.
Dolores del Rio
Dolores del Rio was the first Mexican movie star with international appeal and had a meteoric career in 1920s Hollywood (an extraordinary accomplishment for an Hispanic female on those years). She came from an aristocratic family in Durango. In the Mexican revolution of 1916, however, the family lost everything they had and emigrated to Mexico City...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1926
Born 1904 - Died 1983 aged 78

Cousin of Ramon Novarro

Of all the WAMPAS Baby Stars, only thirteen were born outside the USA. Delores del Rio was born in Mexico.
 ” - christopherbkk
 
60.
Janet Gaynor
Actress, Sunrise
Janet Gaynor was born Laura Gainor on October 6, 1906, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a child, she & her parents moved to San Francisco, California, where she graduated from high school in 1923. She then moved to Los Angeles where she enrolled in a secretarial school. She got a job at a shoe store for the princely sum of $18 per week...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1926
Born 1906 - Died 1984 aged 77

Won an Oscar in 1929 and was nominated in 1938
 ” - christopherbkk
 
61.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1926
Born 1901 - Died 1987 aged 85
 ” - christopherbkk
 
62.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1926
Born 1906 - Died 1957 aged 50
 ” - christopherbkk
 
63.
Sally O'Neil
Cute-as-a-button and diminutive in size, Sally O'Neil (sometimes billed as Sally O'Neill), was one of 11 children born to a judge in 1908 in Bayonne, New Jersey. Another sister would also become a well-known actress, Molly O'Day. Sally was educated in a convent and started in vaudeville where she was billed as "Chotsie Noonan" (her real name was Virginia Louise Concepta Noonan)...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1926
Born 1908 - Died 1968 aged 59
 ” - christopherbkk
 
64.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1926
Born 1899 - Died 1962 aged 62
 ” - christopherbkk
 
65.
Fay Wray
Actress, King Kong
Canadian-born Fay Wray was brought up in Los Angeles and entered films at an early age. She was barely in her teens when she started working as an extra. She began her career as a heroine in westerns at Universal during the silent era. In 1926 the Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers selected 13 young starlets it deemed most likely to succeed in pictures...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1926
Born 1907 - Died 2004 aged 96

Of all the WAMPAS Baby Stars, only thirteen were born outside the USA. Fay Wray was born in Canada.
 ” - christopherbkk
 
66.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1927
Born 1902 - Died 1973 aged 70
 ” - christopherbkk
 
67.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1927
Born 1909 - Died 1955 aged 46
 ” - christopherbkk
 
68.
Helene Costello
Some of Helene Costello's films available on video are Her Crowning Glory, Lulu's Doctor and Lights of New York, the first all-talking feature. She worked for a time as a reader for 20th Century Fox in the early 1940s. Miss Costello died on January 26, 1957, in California's Patton State Hospital. She left behind a daughter by her fourth husband. The daughter's whereabouts are currently unknown.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1927
Born 1906 - Died 1957 aged 50

Only sisters to be WAMPAS Baby Stars were Delores and Helene Costello
 ” - christopherbkk
 
69.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1927
Born 1907 - Died 2011 aged 103

Of all the WAMPAS Baby Stars, only thirteen were born outside the USA. Barbara Kent was born in Canada.

Longest lived of all the WAMPAS Baby Stars
 ” - christopherbkk
 
70.
Natalie Kingston
Actress, Street Angel
She traced her lineage back to the first Spanish governor of California. Her great-grandfather on her mother's side was Hungarian-born Agoston Haraszthy, dubbed the father of Californian viticulture. Leggy, olive-complexioned Natalia Ringstrom grew up and was educated in the San Francisco Bay area. Little is known of her early years...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1927
Born 1905 - Died 1991 aged 85
 ” - christopherbkk
 
71.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1927
Born 1906 - Died 2000 aged 94
 ” - christopherbkk
 
72.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1927
Born 1909 - Died 1991 aged 81
 ” - christopherbkk
 
73.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1927
Born 1905 - Died 1979 aged 73
 ” - christopherbkk
 
74.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1927
Born 1909 - Died 1978 aged 68
 ” - christopherbkk
 
75.
Sally Rand
She's considered an American icon in the world of entertainment although most contemporaries have no idea who she is until her legendary risqué "fan dance" is brought up. Then they put two and two together. Burlesque star Sally Rand was born in the Ozark region (Missouri) in 1904, her father a corporal in the Spanish-American War and her mother a Pennsylvania Dutch Quaker...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1927
Born 1904 - Died 1979 aged 75
 ” - christopherbkk
 
76.
Martha Sleeper
On stage from the age of seven, Martha Sleeper began on screen in her early teens as a comic actress for Hal Roach. After her successful debut in the independently produced farce The Mailman, she found herself cast in a series of child comedies with Buddy Messinger and a brace of one- and two-reel shorts opposite Charley Chase with titles like All Wet and Crazy Like a Fox...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1927
Born 1907 - Died 1983 aged 75
 ” - christopherbkk
 
77.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1927
Born 1903 - Died 1936 aged 33
 ” - christopherbkk
 
78.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1927
Born 1905 - Died 1943 aged 37
 ” - christopherbkk
 
79.
Lina Basquette
Journalist Adela Rogers St. Johns once dubbed Lina Basquette "The Screen Tragedy Girl." In retrospect, Lina's private life bore a similar description. While six of her eight marriages ended up "I Don'ts" (she was widowed twice), she would also have to contend with a flurry of legal confrontations, stormy affairs and suicide attempts...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1928 ” - christopherbkk
 
80.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1928
Born 1904 - Died 1993 aged 88

Of all the WAMPAS Baby Stars, only thirteen were born outside the USA. Flora Bramley was born in England.
 ” - christopherbkk
 
81.
Sue Carol
Sue Carol was born Evelyn Jean Lederer on October 30, 1906 in Chicago, Illinois, to Caroline (Schmidt) and Samuel Lederer. Her parents were Jewish immigrants (from Bohemia and Germany). She was 20 years old when she entered film work. Her first role was a bit part in Soft Cushions in 1927. Directors...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1928
Born 1906 - Died 1982 aged 75
 ” - christopherbkk
 
82.
Ann Christy
Actress, Speedy
Tiny, blue-eyed Ann Christy started in films with a bit part in Long Pants with Harry Langdon. She was then signed by one of the three major producers of silent comedy, Al Christie, to appear in a series of short comedies filmed at Paramount. It was there that she was spotted by Harold Lloyd...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1928
Born 1905 - Died 1987 aged 82
 ” - christopherbkk
 
83.
June Collyer
June Collyer was born Dorothea Heermance in New York City on August 19, 1906. She began her career in the film East Side, West Side. After making the successful change to the sound era, June continued to work, something some of her counterparts couldn't do. She appeared on the silver screen until her last meaningful film...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1928
Born 1904 - Died 1968 aged 63
 ” - christopherbkk
 
84.
Alice Day
Actress, The Smart Set
Alice Day began her film career as a Mack Sennett Bathing Beauty in her mid-teens, and by age 18 was starring in features. Her younger sister, Marceline Day, was also an actress, but Alice never managed to eclipse her sister's career. She was soon working mainly in B pictures and shorts, and managed...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1928
Born 1905 - Died 1995 aged 89
 ” - christopherbkk
 
85.
Sally Eilers
Actress, Bad Girl
Sally Eilers enjoyed lunch with a classmate from drama school, Jane Peters (who would later become known as Carole Lombard), at the Sennett Studios cafeteria. There she was spotted by Mack Sennett and instantly became one of his "discoveries". Having already appeared in several bit parts, beginning with The Red Mill in 1927...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1928
Born 1908 - Died 1978 aged 69
 ” - christopherbkk
 
86.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1928
Born 1909 - Died 1990 aged 80
 ” - christopherbkk
 
87.
Dorothy Gulliver
Actress, Faces
As an avid movie fan, Dorothy got her chance to go to Hollywood when she won a Salt Lake City beauty contest sponsored by Universal Pictures. Signed by Universal after her successful screen test, Dorothy became one of the many contract actors working in small bit parts. She became well known due to her roles in series and serial movies from 'College Love (1929)' to 'The Last Frontier (1932)'...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1928
Born 1908 - Died 1997 aged 88
 ” - christopherbkk
 
88.
Gwen Lee
She was one of the archetypal flappers of the Jazz Age. Blonde, blue-eyed and impeccably coiffured, we recall Gwen Lee as tall, blonde flibbertigibbets and gold-digging vamps in films of the late 1920's and early 30's. Gwen was born in Nebraska and attended school in Omaha. Having suitably shortened her name from 'Gwendolyn LePinski' to 'Gwen Lee'...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1928
Born 1904 - Died 1961 aged 56
 ” - christopherbkk
 
89.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1928
Born 1911 - Died 1998 aged 87
 ” - christopherbkk
 
90.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1928
Born 1908 - Died 1984 aged 76
 ” - christopherbkk
 
91.
Lupe Velez
Lupe Velez was born on July 18, 1908, in San Luis de Potosi, Mexico, as Maria Guadalupe Villalobos Velez. She was sent to Texas at the age of 13 to live in a convent. She later admitted that she wasn't much of a student because she was so rambunctious. She had planned to become a champion roller-skater but that would change...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1928
Born 1908 - Died 1944 aged 36

Of all the WAMPAS Baby Stars, only thirteen were born outside the USA. Lupe Velez was born in Mexico.
 ” - christopherbkk
 
92.
Jean Arthur
This marvelous screen comedienne's best asset was only muffled during her seven years' stint in silent films. That asset? It was, of course, her squeaky, frog-like voice, which silent-era cinema audiences had simply no way of perceiving, much less appreciating. Jean Arthur, born Gladys Georgianna Greene in upstate New York...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1929
Born 1900 - Died 1991 aged 90

Nominated for an Oscar in 1944
 ” - christopherbkk
 
93.
Sally Blane
Although this lovely, light brown-haired leading lady would wind up better known as one of Loretta Young's three acting sisters, Sally Blane nevertheless enjoyed a lively albeit modest "B" film career during the late '20s and '30s. The resemblance to her "A"-level sister was very strong--the same graceful...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1929
Born 1910 - Died 1997 aged 87
 ” - christopherbkk
 
94.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1929
Born 1908 - Died 1971 aged 63
 ” - christopherbkk
 
95.
Ethlyne Clair
Actress, Jane's Sleuth
Ms. Clair, a natural happy extrovert, starred in silent comedies, Westerns, and serials. She was most popular in Westerns opposite cowboy stars such as Hoot Gibson although her career was less than a decade long. She made her Hollywood debut in a series of comedies called 'The Newlyweds and Their Baby'...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1929
Born 1904 - Died 1996 aged 91
 ” - christopherbkk
 
96.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1929
Born 1909 - Died 1986 aged 77
 ” - christopherbkk
 
97.
Josephine Dunn
Convent-educated Mary Josephine Dunn got her start in the chorus line of 'Good Morning, Dearie' at the age of 15. She was briefly in the Ziegfeld Follies and, in 1924, had a walk-on in 'Dear Sir' on Broadway. Two years later, she was picked by a talent scout to join the Paramount acting school for hopeful young debutantes...
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1929
Born 1906 - Died 1983 aged 76
 ” - christopherbkk
 
98.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1929
Born 1906 - Died 1982 aged 76
 ” - christopherbkk
 
99.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1929
Born 1905 - Died 1976 aged 70
 ” - christopherbkk
 
100.
“ WAMPAS Baby Star 1929
Born 1903 - Died 1983 aged 79
 ” - christopherbkk