Bebe Daniels Poster


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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 14 January 1901Dallas, Texas, USA
Date of Death 16 March 1971London, England, UK  (cerebral hemorrhage)
Birth NamePhyllis Virginia Daniels
Height 5' 2" (1.57 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Bebe Daniels already had toured as an actor by the age of four in a stage production of "Richard III". She had her first leading role at the age of seven and started her film career shortly after this in movies for Imperial, Pathe and others. At 14 she was already a film veteran, and was enlisted by Hal Roach to star as Harold Lloyd's leading lady in his "Lonesome Luke" shorts, distributed by Pathe. Lloyd fell hard for Bebe and seriously considered marrying her, but her drive to pursue a film career along with her sense of independence clashed with Lloyd's Victorian definition of a wife. The two eventually broke up but would remain lifelong friends. Bebe was sought out for stardom by Cecil B. DeMille, who literally pestered her into signing with Paramount. Unlike many actors, the arrival of sound posed no problem for her; she had a beautiful singing voice and became a major musical star, with such hits sd Rio Rita (1929) and 42nd Street (1933). In 1930 she married Ben Lyon, with whom she went to England in the mid-'30s, where she became a successful West End stage star. She and her husband also had their own radio show in London, and became the most popular radio team in the country--especially during World War II, when they refused to return to the US and stayed in London, broadcasting even during the worst of the "blitz".

They later appeared in several British films together as their radio characters. Her final film was one in that series, The Lyons Abroad (1955).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de> (qv's & corrections by A. Nonymous)

Spouse (1)

Ben Lyon (June 1930 - 16 March 1971) (her death) (2 children)

Trivia (12)

Her second cousin, Dr. Lee De Forest, "the father of sound", frequented the set of Rio Rita (1929) while she rehearsed. He was instrumental in improving the sound quality of the early talkies and significantly helped her career through his technical expertise.
While making a personal appearance at a Chicago hotel, several thousand dollars' worth of jewelry was stolen from Daniels' hotel room. Gangster Al Capone, a longtime Daniels fan, heard about it and put out the word that whoever stole the jewelry had 24 hours to return it "or else." The jewelry was returned the next day.
Daughter of actress Phyllis Daniels.
Various sources indicate she is related to Mickey Daniels of "Our Gang." They are not related. Bebe's father's full name was Melville Daniel MacNeal, and she was an only child.
She had two children, a daughter Barbara and an adopted son, Richard Lyon. She became a singer for British Columbia records and he became London's top disc jockey and later with his mother operated an interior decorating and antique studio,.
Her film The Speed Girl (1921) was made to capitalize on her ten-day jail sentence for multiple speeding tickets. The movie's poster shows her walking out of a jail cell.
Her first name, Bebe (pronounced "be-be" by people who knew her), is the Spanish word for "baby".
Had Spanish ancestry through her maternal grandmother, Eva Guadalupe García de la Plaza y Gil de Tejada Griffin (1850-1943), who was born in Palmira, Valle del Cauca, Colombia. Mrs. Griffin was descended from the Spanish conquerors of New Granada and from Josephine de Beauharnais, Napoleon's first wife and empress.
Her "vamp" role in Cecil B. DeMille's Why Change Your Wife? (1920) brought her enormous popularity and respect as a dramatic actress.
Screenland Magazine reported in January, 1922, that Daniels and Viola Dana were more popular in Japan than Mary Pickford and Mary Miles Minter.
Reportedly, Bebe was Al Capone's favorite actress. When Bebe and Ben were visiting a hotel, their hotel room was burglarized and thousand's in jewels were stolen. When Capone heard of this, he sent out a warning to 'whomever' had stolen Bebe's property, that they had 24 hours to return the items. The items were returned.

Personal Quotes (1)

All during the war, we kept saying, Ben [husband Ben Lyon] and I, that when it was over, we'd come back to Hollywood. But now we've been here, and we just have to be honest, this is no longer home. Home's back in London, because we went through the bombings with them.

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