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February 12, 2024

30 Beautiful Photos of Gwen Lee in the 1920s and ’30s

Born 1904 as Gwendolyn Lepinski in Hastings, Nebraska, American actress Gwen Lee began her career as a department store model. She was discovered by director Monta Bell while appearing in a stage production. She signed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1925. The same year, she made her film debut in Lady of the Night, starring Norma Shearer. She followed with roles in Pretty Ladies, starring Zasu Pitts, His Secretary, and The Plastic Age, starring Clara Bow.

In 1928, Lee was named a WAMPAS Baby Star. Her career continued for almost a decade into the era of sound movies. She played Marjory in Untamed (1929), with Joan Crawford and Robert Montgomery. She appeared again with Crawford and Marie Prevost in the prison drama Paid (1930). In 1931, she was in The Galloping Ghost, with famed football running back Red Grange, and the crime drama The Lawless Woman, with Vera Reynolds. In 1932, she appeared in the Western Broadway to Cheyenne (1932), with Rex Bell.

By the late 1930s, Lee was appearing in minor film roles, most of which were uncredited. Her later film roles were in Man-Proof and Paroled from the Big House, both in 1938. Lee died in 1961, aged 56, in Reno, Nevada. Take a look at these vintage photos to see the beauty of Gwen Lee in the 1920s and 1930s.


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