Lois Wilson

Lois Wilson


Lois Wilson
Film: North side of the 6900 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Born June 26, 1894 in Pittsburgh, PA
Died March 8, 1988 of pneumonia in Reno, NV

Early screen star Lois Wilson acted in many important silent Paramount productions, including the 1923 Western epic "The Covered Wagon."

Wilson came to Hollywood in 1915 after winning a statewide beauty contest in Alabama.

She soon wangled a small part in "The Dumb Girl of Portici," which starred legendary ballerina Anna Pavlova, and went on to act in more than 100 silent and sound films over the next 33 years.

Her best known roles included Molly Wingate in "The Covered Wagon" and Daisy Buchanan in the 1926 version of "The Great Gatsby," for which she won the Photoplay magazine best performance award.

After retiring in 1941 — except for a bit part in the forgettable 1949 comedy "The Girl from Jones Beach," starring Ronald Reagan — Wilson turned to the Broadway stage, road company productions, including "The Women" for 57 weeks, and, eventually, television.

Among the network soap operas in which she played featured character roles were "The Guiding Light" and "The Edge of Night."

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