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Enid Eulalie Niblo (Bennett)

Also Known As: "Franklin"
Birthplace: York, Western Australia
Death: Died
Place of Burial: Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale) Glendale Los Angeles County California
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Francis Galgey Bennett and Nellie Mary Louise Bennett
Wife of Sidney Franklin and Fred Niblo
Mother of Loris Niblo; Peter Niblo and Judith Niblo
Sister of Marjorie Bennett
Half sister of Alexander David Bennett

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About Enid Bennett


Enid Bennett (15 July 1893 – 14 May 1969) was an Australian silent film actress.


Born in York, Western Australia, Bennett started her film acting career in 1916, first starring in Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford, with two other films that same year. She married American director Sidney Franklin early in her career, but they were divorced shortly thereafter.

In 1917, she starred in five films, the most important of which was The Little Brother opposite William Garwood. That film brought her to the attention of studios and led to an increasing number of acting roles. From 1918 to 1921, she starred in twenty-three films, becoming well known and recognizable as an actress. In 1918 she married director Fred Niblo, who later directed the second film version of Ben Hur. In 1922, she starred in only three films, but one of those became her most famous role, the female lead of "Maid Marian" in Robin Hood with Douglas Fairbanks.

From 1923 to 1928, she starred in only ten films, as her career had slowed to a crawl. She was a mother by that time, as she and Niblo eventually had three children together.

In 1929, her brother Alexander Bennett married actress Frances Lee. The wedding was attended by some of Hollywood's biggest names, including Gloria Swanson and Greta Garbo. That year Bennett starred in only one film, Good Medicine, opposite Edward Everett Horton.

Bennett's sisters Marjorie (1896-1982) and Catherine (1901–1978) were also Hollywood film actresses.

Later years and death

She made a semi-successful transition to sound films, but saw fewer roles come her way. From 1931 to 1941 she had roles in only seven films, the last of which was uncredited.

She retired after 1941, eventually residing with her family in Malibu, California, where she died in 1969 from a heart attack, aged 75.

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Enid Bennett's Timeline

York, Western Australia
May 14, 1969
Age 76
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale) Glendale Los Angeles County California