Bessie Love (1898–1986)

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Bessie Love was born in Texas. Her cowboy father moved the family to Hollywood, where he became a chiropractor. As the family needed money, Bessie's mother sent her to Biograph Studios, hoping she would become an actress. D.W. Griffith saw she was pretty and had some acting talent, and put her in several of his films, also giving her a small part ... See full bio »


(age 87) in London, England, UK

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Known For

The Broadway Melody Harriet 'Hank' Mahoney
Chasing Rainbows Carlie Seymour
The Lost World Paula White
The Barefoot Contessa Mrs. Eubanks


Hide Hide Show Show Actress (157 credits)
 1983 The Hunger
 1981 Reds
Mrs. Partlow
 1981 Ragtime
Old Lady - T.O.C.
 1978 Edward & Mrs. Simpson (TV Mini Series)
Lady Cunard
- Venus at the Prow (1978) ... Lady Cunard
 1977 Gulliver's Travels (voice)
 1976 Katy (TV Series)
Mrs. Finch
- Episode #1.6 (1976) ... Mrs. Finch
- Episode #1.5 (1976) ... Mrs. Finch
- Episode #1.4 (1976) ... Mrs. Finch
 1976 The Ritz
 1975 Shades of Greene (TV Series)
St. Louis Woman
- Cheap in August (1975) ... St. Louis Woman
 1974 Vampyres
American Lady
 1974 Mousey (TV Movie)
Mrs. Richardson
 1973 Pollyanna (TV Mini Series)
Mrs Snow
- Episode #1.2 (1973) ... Mrs Snow
 1971 Catlow
Mrs. Frost
 1971 Public Eye (TV Series)
Chrissy Husack
- The Beater and the Game (1971) ... Chrissy Husack
 1971 Sunday Bloody Sunday
Answering Service Lady
 1970 From a Bird's Eye View (TV Series)
Old Lady
- Family Tree (1970) ... Old Lady
 1970 W. Somerset Maugham (TV Series)
American lady
- Jane (1970) ... American lady
 1970 Kate (TV Series)
Lady Hartford-Cape
- A Good Spec (1970) ... Lady Hartford-Cape
 1969 On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Baccarat Player (uncredited)
 1969 My Partner the Ghost (TV Series)
Mrs. Trotter
- When Did You Start to Stop Seeing Things? (1969) ... Mrs. Trotter
 1968 Isadora
Mrs. Duncan
 1968 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Mrs. Teitelbaum
- Bon Voyage (1968) ... Mrs. Teitelbaum
 1967 I'll Never Forget What's'isname
American tourist (uncredited)
 1967 Battle Beneath the Earth
 1966 The Poppy Is Also a Flower (TV Movie)
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1966 Promise Her Anything
Pet Shop Customer
 1965 The Wild Affair
Marjorie's Mother
 1965 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Martha Burroughs
- The Pistol (1965) ... Martha Burroughs
 1964 Story Parade (TV Series)
Mrs. Arquette
- A Kiss Before Dying (1964) ... Mrs. Arquette
 1964 Children of the Damned
Mrs. Robbins, Mark's Grandmother
 1963 The Sentimental Agent (TV Series)
- Never Play Cards with Strangers (1963) ... Mamie
 1962 Zero One (TV Series)
Mrs. Glorny
- Gunpoint to Shannon (1962) ... Mrs. Glorny
 1962 Man of the World (TV Series)
Mrs. Van Kempson
- Portrait of a Girl (1962) ... Mrs. Van Kempson
 1962 The Andromeda Breakthrough (TV Series)
Mrs. Neilson
- Gale Warning (1962) ... Mrs. Neilson
 1962 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Series)
Mrs. Marshall
- Means to an End (1962) ... Mrs. Marshall
 1961 Harpers West One (TV Series)
- Episode #1.4 (1961) ... Customer
 1961 Loss of Innocence
American Tourist
 1961 Somerset Maugham Hour (TV Series)
Bessie Harding
- A Woman of Fifty (1961) ... Bessie Harding
 1960 Emergency-Ward 10 (TV Series)
Mrs. Broom
- Episode #1.395 (1960) ... Mrs. Broom
 1957-1960 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Mrs. Sampler / Mrs. Strong / Miss Darling / ...
- The Silver Whistle (1960) ... Mrs. Sampler
- South (1959) ... Mrs. Strong
- Skyline for Two (1959) ... Miss Darling
- The Wooden Dish (1957) ... Bessie Bockser
 1957-1960 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Gertrude Miller / Mary Louella Partridge / Irma Davis
- A Young Lady of Property (1960) ... Gertrude Miller
- Bridge of Sighs (1960) ... Mary Louella Partridge
- The Staring Match (1957) ... Irma Davis
 1960 Don't Do It Dempsey (TV Series)
Mrs. Glenton
- Visiting Firemen (1960) ... Mrs. Glenton
 1960 Too Young to Love
Mrs. Busch
 1960 International Detective (TV Series)
Mrs. Morgan / Marta Steibel
- The Brenner Case (1960) ... Mrs. Morgan
- The Steibel Case (1960) ... Marta Steibel
 1959 Saturday Playhouse (TV Series)
Mrs. Stukeley-Mosher
- Golden Rain (1959) ... Mrs. Stukeley-Mosher
 1958 Nowhere to Go
Harriet P. Jefferson
 1958 Next to No Time
Becky Wiener
 1952-1958 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Kitty Lemoyne Dean / Mrs. Dudley-Brown / Mrs. Gibbs / ...
- The Royal Family of Broadway (1958) ... Kitty Lemoyne Dean
- View Friendship and Marriage (1958) ... Mrs. Dudley-Brown
- Our Town (1957) ... Mrs. Gibbs
- Indoor Sport (1955) ... Maggie Closky
- Queen's Folly (1954) ... Mrs. Temple
 1958 Long Distance (TV Movie)
Mrs. MacLean
 1958 Hotel Imperial (TV Series)
 1957 The Story of Esther Costello
Matron in Art Gallery
 1956 The Male Animal (TV Movie)
Myrtle Keller
 1955 London Playhouse (TV Series)
Mrs. Goren
- The Glorification of Al Toolum (1955) ... Mrs. Goren
 1955 Touch and Go
Mrs. Baxter
 1954 Beau Brummell
Maid (uncredited)
 1954 The Barefoot Contessa
Mrs. Eubanks
 1954 Young and Willing
 1951 The Magic Box
Bride's Mother in Wedding Group
 1951 No Highway in the Sky
Plane Passenger (uncredited)
 1948 The Front Page (TV Movie)
Mrs. Grant
 1947 You Can't Take It with You (TV Movie)
Penelope Sycamore
 1945 Journey Together
Mrs. Mary McWilliams
 1941 Atlantic Ferry
Begonia Baggot
 1936 I Live Again
Kathleen Vernon
 1931 Morals for Women
Helen Huston
 1930 See America Thirst
 1930 Good News
Babe ODay
 1930 Conspiracy
Margaret Holt
 1930 Chasing Rainbows
Carlie Seymour
 1929 The Girl in the Show
Hattie Hartley
 1929 The Hollywood Revue of 1929
Bessie Love
 1929 The Idle Rich
Helen Thayer
 1929 The Broadway Melody
Harriet 'Hank' Mahoney
 1928 The Swell Head (Short)
 1928 Sally of the Scandals
Sally Rand
 1928 Anybody Here Seen Kelly?
Mitzi Lavelle
 1928 The Matinee Idol
Ginger Bolivar
 1927 The American
Jane Wilton
 1927 Dress Parade
Janet Cleghorne
 1927 Amateur Night (Short)
Undetermined Role (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1927 A Harp in Hock
Nora Banks
 1927 Rubber Tires
Mary Ellen Stack
 1926 Going Crooked
 1926 Young April
 1926 Lovey Mary
Lovey Mary
 1926 The Song and Dance Man
Leola Lane
 1926 Westward Bo (Short)
 1925 The King on Main Street
Mary Young
 1925 New Brooms
Geraldine Marsh
 1925 A Son of His Father
Nora Shea
 1925 Soul-Fire
 1925 The Lost World
Paula White (as Miss Bessie Love)
 1924 Tongues of Flame
 1924 Sundown
Ellen Crawley
 1924 Dynamite Smith
 1924 The Silent Watcher
Mary, his wife
 1924 Those Who Dance
Veda Anargas
 1924 The Woman on the Jury
Grace Pierce
 1924 Torment
 1923 Gentle Julia
 1923 Slave of Desire
Pauline Gaudin
 1923/I St. Elmo
Edna Earle
 1923 The Eternal Three
Hilda Gray
 1923 Human Wreckage
Mary Finnegan
 1923 Mary of the Movies
Bessie Love (uncredited)
 1923 The Purple Dawn
Mui Far
 1923 Souls for Sale
Bessie Love (uncredited)
 1923 The Ghost Patrol
Effie Kugler
 1923 Three Who Paid
John Caspar / Virginia Cartwright
 1922 Deserted at the Altar
Anna Moore (The Country Girl)
 1922/I The Village Blacksmith
Rosemary Martin
 1922 Bulldog Courage
Gloria Phillips
 1922 Forget Me Not
Ann, The Girl
 1922 The Vermilion Pencil
 1922 The WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1922 (Short)
 1921 The Sea Lion
Blossom Nelson
 1921 The Spirit of the Lake (Short)
 1921 The Swamp
 1921 The Honor of Rameriz (Short)
The Geologist's Wife
 1920 The Midlanders
Aurelie Lindstrom
 1920 Bonnie May
Bonnie May
 1920 Pegeen
Pegeen O'Neill
 1919 A Fighting Colleen
Alannah Malone
 1919 Over the Garden Wall
Peggy Gordon
 1919 Cupid Forecloses
Geraldine Farleigh
 1919 The Little Boss
Peggy Winston (The Little Boss)
 1919 A Yankee Princess
Patsy O'Reilly
 1919 The Wishing Ring Man
Joy Havenith
 1919 Carolyn of the Corners
Carolyn May Cameron
 1919 The Enchanted Barn
Shirley Hollister
 1918 The Dawn of Understanding
Sue Prescott
 1918 A Little Sister of Everybody
Celeste Janvier
 1918 How Could You, Caroline?
Caroline Rogers
 1918 The Great Adventure
 1917 Polly Ann
Polly Ann
 1917 Wee Lady Betty
Wee Lady Betty
 1917 The Sawdust Ring
Janet Magie
 1917 Cheerful Givers
 1917 A Daughter of the Poor
Rose Eastman
 1917 Nina, the Flower Girl
 1916 A Sister of Six
 1916 Intolerance
The Bride of Cana
 1916 Hell-to-Pay Austin
Briar Rose Dawson
 1916/I Stranded
The Girl
 1916 The Mystery of the Leaping Fish (Short)
The Little Fish Blower
 1916 Reggie Mixes In
Agnes Shannon
 1916 The Good Bad-Man
The Girl / Sarah May
 1916 The Aryan
Mary Jane Garth
 1916 The Flying Torpedo
 1916 Acquitted
Helen Carter
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Show Show Script and Continuity Department (2 credits)
Show Show Writer (1 credit)
Show Show Additional Crew (1 credit)
Show Show Self (23 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (8 credits)

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Stage play: The Wooden Dish - playing Bessie Bockser at the Phoenix Theatre in London, England See more »

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Director D.W. Griffith introduced her to films. His assistant Frank E. Woods gave the actress her screen moniker. See more »


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