Belle Bennett was a stage and screen actress. She climbed to stardom in film from a girlhood career under the Big Top. She was born in Milaca, Minn., the daughter of circus owner Billie Bennett.
After she spent some years in the Sacred Heart Convent at Minneapolis, her father trained her to become a trapeze performer and at the age of 13 she was appearing in public.
From stock companies, she went to Broadway and there played roles in productions of David Belasco. But it was in motion pictures that she found her greatest success.
In 1925, Samuel Goldwyn selected her from among 73 actresses for the leading role in "Stella Dallas," which is ranked as one of the great film productions of all time.
The mother role in "Stella Dallas" typed Bennett for the remainder of her career. Thereafter, she appeared in "Mother Machree," "Battle of the Sexes," "The Iron Mask," "The Queen of Burlesque" and "Reputation."