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Date of Birth 7 March 1905Manhattan, New York, USA
Date of Death 24 July 1970Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA  (pneumonia)
Birth NameAlice Beatrice Roberts

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Beatrice Roberts was born on March 7, 1905 in Manhattan, New York, USA as Alice Beatrice Roberts. She was an actress, known for Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938), Park Avenue Logger (1937) and Bill Cracks Down (1937). She was married to John Wesley Smith and Robert L. Ripley. She died on July 24, 1970 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA.

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John Wesley Smith (1940 - ?)
Robert L. Ripley (31 October 1919 - 1926) (divorced)

Trivia (6)

Miss Manhattan in the 1924 Miss America Pageant
Miss Greater New York in the 1925 Miss America Pageant
Winner of "The Most Beautiful Girl in Evening Dress" award at the 1924 and 1925 Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Was the longtime girlfriend of MGM studio chief Louis B.Mayer.
According to Charles Higham's biography of Louis B. Mayer: ""Mayer had noticed her when she appeared as a guest in a party scene in San Francisco [1936]....He fell in love with her; for years, she was the love of his life. She shared with him a passion for operettas and Viennese waltzes; she was an accomplished pianist, which, of course, appealed to him.".
Despite her considerable beauty and gracious bearing, she was never able to command leading roles during her career at MGM. Instead, she was cast (often on loan to other studios) as lowly-billed nurses, maids or secretaries. Her solitary role of note was as Queen Azura, evil minion of Ming the Merciless, in Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938).

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