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Overview (4)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Died in Hollywood, California, USA  (following surgery)
Birth NameHelen Louise Chandler
Height 5' 3" (1.6 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Helen Chandler was born in Charleston, South Carolina on February 1, 1906. By the late 1920s she had become a hugely popular actress on the New York stage. That Hollywood should beckon was inevitable, but unfortunately whatever quality made Chandler a success on the stage did not survive the transition to film. Chandler is probably best remembered by movie fans as the fragile Mina, pursued and nearly victimized by Bela Lugosi in the original Dracula (1931). In 1937 Chandler left Hollywood to return to the stage, but a dependency on alcohol and sleeping pills haunted her subsequent career, and in 1940 she was committed to a sanitarium. Ten years later she was disfigured in a fire, apparently caused by smoking in bed. Helen Chandler died (following surgery for a bleeding ulcer) on April 30, 1965. Her body was cremated, and as no relative ever came forward to claim the remains, her ashes now repose in the vault (off limits to visitors) of the Chapel of the Pines Crematory in Los Angeles.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Peter W. Many, Jr.

Family (1)

Spouse Bramwell Fletcher (14 February 1935 - April 1941)  (divorced)
Cyril Hume (3 February 1930 - 1934)  (divorced)
Walter Piascik (? - 30 April 1965)  (her death)

Trivia (4)

During the early 1930s, she and Cyril Hume lived in the "French Pavilion" house of the French Village housing development in Hollywood, off of Highland Avenue, just below Whitley Heights and across the street from the Hollywood Bowl. The unique set of homes, Walter S. and F. Pierpont Davis, were razed in 1952 to make way for the Hollywood Freeway.
After performing on the stage, the actress tried her luck in Hollywood. Her efforts to gain success in films were mostly met with failure.
According to various Hollywood actors, Helen Chandler lived her life enveloped by her own delusions of grandeur. The actress was convinced she was going to be the next Lillian Gish, which never happened. Chandler had long been forgotten when she died in 1965.
Her third husband was merchant seaman Walter Piascik whom she meet in a bar. Walter was described as a "big, dumb man who didn't talk too much." He largely said three words in a conversation. Walter was said to have other skills to match his size and strength, and these were factors for Helen. The union did not last as Walter shipped out to sea and was never seen again.

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