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Overview (3)

Born in Palisades, New Jersey, USA
Died in Montréal, Québec, Canada  (suicide)
Birth NameBarbara Jane Bennett

Mini Bio (1)

Barbara Bennett was born on August 13, 1906 in Palisades, New Jersey, USA as Barbara Jane Bennett. She was an actress, known for Love Among the Millionaires (1930), Black Jack (1927) and Syncopation (1929). She was married to Laurent Surprenant, Jack Randall and Morton Downey. She died on August 8, 1958 in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

Family (2)

Spouse Laurent Surprenant (1954 - 8 August 1958)  (her death)
Jack Randall (7 June 1941 - 16 July 1945)  (his death)
Morton Downey (28 January 1929 - 4 June 1941)  (divorced)  (5 children)
Relatives Joan Bennett (sibling)

Trivia (11)

Sister of actresses Constance Bennett and Joan Bennett.
Screen and stage actress.
Daughter of actors Richard Bennett and Adrienne Morrison.
Mother of Morton Downey Jr.
Granddaughter of Rose Wood and the stage actor Lewis Morrison, birth name: Morris W. Morris (1845 - 1906).
Aunt of Gyl Roland.
Grandfather W. Morrison was of African Creole descent.
Worked as a ballroom dancer in the 1920's.
Was afflicted by alcoholism and depression, eventually taking her own life after a court awarded custody of her five children to her husband, the entertainer Morton Downey.
Her daughter, Lorelle Ann Downey, had a nervous breakdown at age 14 and showed behavioral problems. Bennett's ex-husband and father of Lorelle, singer Morton Downey, had her institutionalized in Pennsylvania and while there, she underwent a frontal lobotomy. She was smothered to death in 1977 by a fellow mental patient.
According to a 1989 Chicago Tribune interview with Bennett's son, talk show host Morton Downey, Jr., doctors told him that his mother actually died of a herniated diaphragm and it is suspected that she had suffocated herself.

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