A Keystone Girl

By | Jun 17, 2010

One of the many silent film stars who appeared in films made by Mack Sennett and Keystone Pictures was Louise Fazenda. Fazenda was born in Lafayette Indiana on June 17, 1895 to a merchant broker named Joseph Fazenda. He moved his family to Los Angeles when she was a young girl.

Louise Fazenda got her start in Moving Pictures comedy shorts as early as 1913. She appeared in Keystone comedies throughout the later part of the 1910’s leaving Keystone in 1920.

One of her best known character was her country bumpkin with her hair done in spit curls and multiple pigtails while wearing calico dresses.

She not only appeared in comedies but also branched out into dramas, playing roles in Kitchen Lady made in 1918 and in 1938 Down on the Farm.

She appeared in quite a few films during the 1920’s and still worked in the movies once sound pictures replaced the silents. She retired after doing the 1939 film The Old Maid.

In 1927 she married Hollywood Producer Hal B Wallis and the marriage survived until her death on April 17, 1962.


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