Bessie Barriscale was a star of the stage and silent screen in the early 20th century. She made her debut as an ingenue on the stage. Originally from New York, she played on the stage in San Francisco for a number of years before moving to Los Angeles with her husband, actor Howard Hickman. Early in her career she acted in films like the "Rose of the Rancho," directed by Cecil B. DeMille.
In 1918, Barriscale signed a contract with B.B. Features for 16 films, which made her one of the highest-paid movie stars of the time, according to The Times, which christened her the "new $1,000,000 star."
She retired from acting in the 1920s but made a return to the stage in 1928 with "Women Go on Forever."