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Overview (4)

Born in Somerset, Massachusetts, USA
Died in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Birth NameSue Kingsley
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Barbara Weeks was born on July 4, 1913 in Somerset, Massachusetts, USA as Sue Kingsley. She was an actress, known for The Violent Years (1956), Two-Fisted Sheriff (1937) and White Eagle (1932). She was married to William Cox, Lewis Parker and Big Boy Williams. She died on June 24, 2003 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Spouse (3)

William Cox (1949 - ?) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
Lewis Parker (1938 - ?) ( his death)
Big Boy Williams (? - ?)

Trivia (8)

Variety printed her obituary in 1954, 49 years before she died.
Left acting in 1938 to marry and later worked as a secretary for an aircraft manufacturer.
She spent several weeks in the hospital after being attacked by a leopard whilst making a film at Warner Bros.
In 1931, she was a "Wampas Baby Star" and the toast of Hollywood -- attending parties at Pickfair (Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks' home) and Paradise Ranch, the home of Cecil B. DeMille. She spent many weekends as the guest of William Randolph Hearst and his mistress, Marion Davies, at San Simeon. She was courted by some of the most glamorous men in Hollywood, among them Gary Cooper and Clark Gable.
In old age, she was looked after by two Mexican caregivers, neither of whom had any idea that she had been a Hollywood star.
Blue-eyed actress, singer and dancer, on stage aged thirteen. Worked for Ziegfeld prior to being signed under long-term contract by Warner Brothers.
In the late 80s she lived the quiet life as a landlady in Las Vegas.
Her career declined after the death of Ziegfeld. She did not get on with Samuel Goldwyn and left Hollywood rather bitter. In later years she declared "Maybe things would have been different had I not had such a bossy mother and had Ziegfeld not died when he did.".

Personal Quotes (3)

I had put the career behind me and had tried to forget it. Maybe things would have been different had I not had such a bossy mother and had [Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.] not died when he did. [Ziegfeld and Eddie Cantor had helped her career, but after Ziegfeld's death in 1932 her career began to wane.]
[on Columbia Pictures boss Harry Cohn] Everything you've heard about Harry Cohn is the truth, take my word for it! He was a horrible man and so crude. He had no manners, no education, no anything. He was a terrible womanizer. That old buzzard tried me, and when he was rebuffed, he put me in westerns! He thought it was punishment, but I loved it! I loved making westerns. They were so much fun. The outdoors, everything about them.
[on how she went from being under contract to Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. and Samuel Goldwyn to making cheap "B" westerns at Columbia Pictures] Ziegfeld died and Goldwyn tried to get into my pants. I outran the old man, and was sold down the river to Columbia [in 1932].

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