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July 27, 2019

Constance Bennett: The Highest-Paid Actress in Hollywood From the Early 1930s

Born 1904 in New York City, American actress Constance Bennett was a major Hollywood star during the 1920s and 1930s. She often played society women, focusing on melodramas in the early 1930s and then taking more comedic roles in the late 1930s and 1940s.

In the early 1930s, Bennett was frequently among the top actresses named in audience popularity and box-office polls. For a short time, she was the highest-paid actress in Hollywood. In 1931, a short-lived contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer earned her $300,000 for two movies which included The Easiest Way. Warner Brothers paid her the all-time high salary of $30,000 a week for Bought! in 1931.

Bennett is best known today for her leading roles in What Price Hollywood? (1932), Bed of Roses (1933), Topper (1937), Topper Takes a Trip (1938), and had a prominent supporting role in Greta Garbo's last film, Two-Faced Woman (1941).

Bennett made no films from the early 1950s until 1965 when she made a comeback in the film Madame X. Shortly after filming was completed, on July 25, 1965, Bennett collapsed and died from a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 60.

Bennett has a motion pictures star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions to the film industry. Her star is located at 6250 Hollywood Boulevard, a short distance from the star of her sister, Joan.

Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see the beauty of Constance Bennett in the 1920s and 1930s.



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