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Overview (5)

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Died in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA  (Alzheimer's disease)
Birth NameLaura Isobel La Plant
Nickname Laura Asher
Height 5' 3" (1.6 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 (1921) for Fox and The Old Swimmin' Hole (1921) for First National. Laura, now 17, next signed with Universal, where she appeared in shorts, serials and many supporting roles. Over the next few years, she would become one of the leading stars at Universal and acted in in dramas, mysteries and comedies. Some of her more important films were the adventure Crooked Alley (1923), the comedy Sporting Youth (1924), the drama Smouldering Fires (1925) and the mystery The Cat and the Canary (1927). One of her successful comedies, Skinner's Dress Suit (1926), was directed by her husband, William A. Seiter. When sound came to Universal, she was one of the silent film stars who made the transition. She played a leading role in the sound film Show Boat (1929) and made her first all-talking picture with Hold Your Man (1929). By 1930, she decided that she had enough and left Universal, which terminated her contract. She went to England, where she would appear in a few more films over the years. Laura returned to Hollywood in 1935, where she again retired from the screen.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

Spouse (2)

Irving Asher (19 June 1934 - 17 March 1985) (his death) (2 children)
William A. Seiter (24 July 1926 - 18 April 1934) (divorced)

Trivia (10)

In 1954 she appeared as a contestant on You Bet Your Life (1950) under the name Laura Asher. Groucho Marx was told he might recognize her; he realized she was Laura La Plante within minutes of being introduced.
Older sister of actress Violet La Plante (later known in life as Violet Benson).
She had two children with Irving Asher: Tony and Jill.
Was one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1923.
Was discovered by film producer Al Christie.
She was offered the role of Nora Charles in The Thin Man (1934) but turned it down, feeling the role would be too mundane. The part later went to Myrna Loy, who became a popular leading lady of the 1930s.
She was extremely private and didn't care to speak about her Hollywood career.
Is buried at El Camino Memorial Park in San Diego, California. When David Gill and his crew arrived at her Rancho Mirage home in 1977 to interview her husband Irving Asher for his documentary series, she hid in her kitchen pleading not to be interviewed.
In early 1930 Universal announced that her next film would be entitled "Kiss-Proof". The title was later changed to "Week-End Girl" but eventually the film was never made.
Profiled in "Speaking of Silents: First Ladies of the Screen" by William Drew, 1997.

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