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New Actor's Spotlight: Joan and Constance Bennett

Scarecrow's Actor's Spotlight gathers definitive films from acclaimed actors and puts them together in a special rental section. Our most recent section focuses on two sisters from the Hollywood's Golden Age: Joan and Constance Bennett. 

Constance (1904-1965) began her screen career near the end of the silent era in such films as The Goose Woman (1925). She worked with director George Cukor many times over the years, including What Price Hollywood? (1932), Two-Faced Woman (1941), and It Should Happen To You (1954). She also starred opposite Cary Grant in Topper (1937). Constance made a few films in the post-WWII era and was on the verge of a comeback when she died of a cerebral hemorrage in 1965.

 

Younger sister Joan (1910-1990) started on screen in early talkies like Bulldog Drummond and Disraeli (both 1929). She went on to star in over 70 films, such as Raoul Walsh's Me and My Gal (1932) with Spencer Tracy and George Cukor's version of Little Women (1933). She famously portrayed a femme fatale in two Fritz Lang films: Woman in the Window (1944) and Scarlet Street (1945). Later in her career, Joan played Elizabeth Collins Stoddard on the long-running gothic soap opera Dark Shadows. Her final film role was in Dario Argento's Suspira (1977).

You'll find the Actor's Spotlight section on the shelves right after the DVD New Releases. Previous people featured in our Actor's Spotlight in the blog archives.

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