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Overview (3)

Born in St. Joseph, Missouri, USA
Died in Hollywood, California, USA
Birth NameGeorgia Theodora Hale

Mini Bio (1)

Georgia Theodora Hale was born on June 27, 1900 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Her parents were George Washington Hale and Laura Imbrie, and her two older sisters were Eugenia and Helen. Soon, her family moved to Illinois. In 1922, she won a beauty contest in Chicago and despite strong disapproval from her father, she used the award money to go to New York City to break into theater. Unsuccessful, she left New York for Hollywood. She immediately found work as a bit player in By Divine Right (1924), and she danced in the chorus of Vanity's Price (1924). Josef von Sternberg was an assistant director on both of these films, and he gave Georgia her first break came when he cast her for the film that he directed titled The Salvation Hunters (1925). It was from this picture that Charles Chaplin hired her to play the Georgia, the dance-hall girl who wins Charlie's heart, in The Gold Rush (1925). With a very successful film, Georgia became an instant celebrity and was signed by Paramount Pictures. Her big film with Paramount was The Great Gatsby (1926) where she played the role of Myrtle Wilson. But her career never went anywhere and her last silent picture would be the film The Last Moment (1928). Deemed unsuitable for talkies, she was one of the first to be released in 1931. She found solace in Christian Science. She never married and remained loyal to Chaplin, who had her on his payroll on-and-off until 1953. She ran a dance school for a while. She also wrote her two versions of her autobiography in the 1960s but couldn't find a publisher at the time. She eventually went into real estate that made her wealthy and also found a companion, who had no idea of her film career, until she gave an interview about Charlie Chaplin in the PBS documentary Unknown Chaplin (1983). He received most of her estate when she died at the age of 85 on June 17, 1985. Her second version of her autobiography, which was more detailed than her first, that she had written in the 1960s, would finally be published ten years after her death in 1995, and it's title is "Charlie Chaplin: Intimate Closeups".

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Trivia (4)

Although her film career was over, Chaplin hired Georgia briefly late into the lengthy shooting of City Lights to replace Virgian Cherrill (who had the nerve to ask to leave early before shooting the crucial final scene for a hair appointment). A few scenes were shot before Chaplin came to his senses, realizing that using her would require scrapping most of the footage shot over the past 500+ (!) days. Cherrill was rehired at $150 a week, which was twice her previous salary.
"Miss Chicago" in the 1922 Miss America Pageant
Was friends with Lita Grey. She was handed the lead role of The Gold Rush (1925) when Lita, originally cast in the role, became pregnant and had to drop out. The role won her instant star status.
In the 1950s, she wrote an unpublished novelette titled "The Edge of Life", which was deemed unsuitable by the publishers. The plot is about a heroine who waits patiently for her childhood sweetheart, who is a soldier in the Union army in the Civil War. A day or two before the wedding, she receives news that he had been killed. Years pass, she meets another young man, whom she mistakes for her long-lost lover. Though this new lover is terminally ill, he too falls in love with her. They end up happily together, in the belief that Love, the great healer, will cure all.

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