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October 2, 2022

40 Gorgeous Photos of Helen Twelvetrees in the 1920s and ’30s

Born 1907 in Brooklyn, New York, American actress Helen Twelvetrees starred in Hollywood films in the sound film era from 1929 to 1939. Many of her roles were of “suffering women”.

Twelvetrees left film in favor of summer stock and made her Broadway debut in Jacques Deval’s Boudoir in 1941. The play folded after only 11 performances, and she largely retired after marrying for a third time. She continued to act occasionally, such as in the role of Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire in summer stock in Sea Cliff, New York in August 1951. Fellow cast member Naomi Caryl recalled that Twelvetrees had “... the saddest eyes I’d ever seen” and “... it was also obvious that she had an extremely fragile psyche.”

Twelvetrees was found unconscious on the floor of her living room at her home in Middletown, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She was taken to Olmstead Air Force Base Hospital in Middletown, where she died. According to the county coroner, Twelvetrees had been suffering from a kidney ailment for some time and took an overdose of sedatives. Her death was ruled a suicide.

For her contribution to the motion-picture industry, Twelvetrees has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located at 6263 Hollywood Boulevard. Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see portraits of young Helen Twelvetrees in the 1920s and 1930s.


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