Helen Ferguson

Helen Ferguson
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Helen Ferguson
Film: North side of the 6100 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Actress
Born July 23, 1900 in Decatur, Ill.
Died March 14, 1977

Helen Ferguson was a star of the silent film era.

According to The Times, she got her first small film role while in high school in Chicago. She made up excuses to get out of her exams so she could take the part, but she was found out and flunked. She began her screen work at 13.

In the beginning, she played everything from kitchen maid to grand duchess and was fired a couple of times because she couldn’t act. At 16 she left, alone with $50 and a couple of letters, for New York. She supported herself doing office work until she got steady enough screen work to support herself. She landed a contract with Goldwyn and came to Los Angeles.

Her break came with the 1922 film "Hungry Hearts." That year, the Western Assn. of Motion Picture Advertisers named her one of its Baby Stars.

The Times credited a 1925 nose job with breaking Ferguson out of the character actress roles she had previously held.

She later went on to do publicity for some of Hollywood's biggest names.

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