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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 25 November 1900Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Date of Death 13 December 1984Warrington, Pennsylvania, USA
Height 5' 3" (1.6 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Margaret Livingston was born on November 25, 1900 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. She is known for her work on Sunrise (1927), Smart Money (1931) and Through the Breakers (1928). She was married to Paul Whiteman. She died on December 13, 1984 in Warrington, Pennsylvania, USA.

Spouse (1)

Paul Whiteman (1931 - 29 December 1967) (his death)

Trivia (6)

Younger sister of actress Ivy Livingston.
Mistress of Thomas H. Ince and on the fateful trip aboard the Hearst yacht when Ince was shot / "taken ill with indigestion" two days before he died. A long-standing rumor whispered about Hollywood, the story was the basis of the play and movie The Cat's Meow (2001).
Brunette leading lady of Scottish and Swedish ancestry. From the age of sixteen, she played leading roles in the silents, usually as vamps or the 'other woman'. Her voice presented no problem for her when talking pictures came into vogue, in fact, she dubbed for Louise Brooks in the 1929 mystery 'The Canary Murder Case'. She retired from films in the mid-30s to concentrate on her marriage to bandleader Paul Whiteman and co-authoring a book about her overweight husband, entitled 'Whiteman's Burden'.
Livingstone met Charles Chapkin's leading lady Edna Purvince in a shop where she noticed the actress buying a bottle of perfume for $18, a sum Livingstone considered an exorbitant amount of money, a week's pay for the young woman. Livingstone had no idea acting could pay that much and became determined to enter the movie business.
Livingstone grew increasingly senile in her 80s and was institutionalized.
Livingstone dubbed Louise Brooks' voice in "The Canary Murder Case" when the legendary star refused to return from New York for retakes.Livingstone also appeared in some scenes because with her short, bobbed hair she looked remarkably like the "Pandora's Box" star.

Personal Quotes (2)

(In a 1937 interview) Harry Cohn was one of the most colorful characters you can imagine... an almost impossible person, saying the wrong things always but sending you away with the 'right' feeling. A personality like a bomb, he's like a sandpaper across your feelings. I doubt if Harry Cohn's a gentleman, but you'd love him. He sits behind his huge desk in his short sleeves, bawling into a half dozen phones, doing work enough for three men, but anyone can get in to see him - and no one ever leaves his office without a feeling of gain.
(After leaving her fiancé at the altar and going to Hollywood, she wrote a note home.) I am not going to get married. I am going to be in the movies.

Salary (5)

Lying Lips (1921) $125 @week
Passing Through (1921) $300 @week
Hell's Four Hundred (1926) $1,000 @week
The Blue Eagle (1926) $1,000 @week
Womanpower (1926) $1,000 @week

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