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Lina Copeland Basquette

Birthdate: (87)
Birthplace: San Mateo, CA, United States
Death: September 30, 1994 (87)
Wheeling, WV, United States (Cancer)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Frank Baskette and Gladys Lee Baskette
Wife of Sam Warner
Ex-wife of Henry Mollison; <private> Hallam; <private> Mancuso; <private> Hayes; <private> Gilmore and 1 other
Mother of <private> Warner and <private> Hayes
Half sister of Marge Champion

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About Lina Copeland Basquette

Lina Copeland Basquette was an American actress noted as much for her more than 75 years in entertainment beginning in the silent film era, as her tumultuous personal life and nine marriages.

In 1923, Ziegfeld Follies producers officially dubbed her "America's Prima Ballerina." Basquette was named one of thirteen WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1928 and the following year made The Younger Generation with Frank Capra.

In 1929, she also made The Godless Girl with Cecil B. DeMille, arguably the role for which she was best remembered, for she named her 1990 autobiography Lina: DeMille's Godless Girl. In this film, made at the transition from the silent era to the talkies, she played the title character. Judith is based on Queen Silver, a child prodigy and socialist orator The character, leader of a high school atheist society, forces members to renounce The Bible while placing a hand on the head of a live monkey. In the climactic scene, DeMille insisted on realism in filming a last shot of the reformatory going up in flames. Basquette's eyebrows and eyelashes were singed; her eyelashes grew back but her eyebrows did not.

After appearing in The Godless Girl, Basquette soon became a star in future DeMille films. While working for Demille, Basquette began an affair with DeMille's chief camera man, J. Peverell Marley. During the affair, Basquette lost much of her money on stocks that were duds, leaving her unable to afford insurance for her daughter Lita. After this, she agreed to marry Marley, and the two were married in 1928. By 1930, Basquette was broke and spent a good amount of her time partying with fellow actresses Jean Harlow, Clara Bow, and Carole Lombard.

Basquette was the favorite American actress of Adolf Hitler, and on at least one occasion she traveled to Germany at his invitation to meet him.

In 1991, Basquette was cast as Nada in filmmaker Danny Boyd's Paradise Park. She played a grandmother who dreamed God was coming to grant a wish to residents of an Appalachian trailer park. The film features country music stars Porter Wagoner, as the governor of West Virginia, and Johnny Paycheck. Boyd was a communications professor at West Virginia State University. He met the actress at a Charleston, West Virginia film festival.

For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Lena Basquette has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 1529 Vine Street.

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Lina Copeland Basquette's Timeline

April 19, 1907
San Mateo, CA, United States