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 Gertrude Olmsted

Gertrude Olmsted

Original Name Leonard
Birth
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 18 Jan 1975 (aged 77)
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot The Great Mausoleum, Memorial Terrace, Sanctuary of the Vespers, Mausoleum Crypt 5231
Memorial ID 10335 · View Source
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Actress. She appeared in roughly 56 feature films during the 1920s. Raised in Chicago, she went to Hollywood at a young age, and found work in the low budget westerns that were popular at the time. She made her silver screen debut with the 1920 "Tipped Off", which starred Hoot Gibson, though her first "credited" performance was in "The Fox" (1921). Her good looks soon made her a sought-after romantic lead and kept her busy through the decade. Perhaps her best known roles were two very different ones that she landed in 1925, playing opposite Rudolph Valentino in "Cobra", and Lon Chaney in "The Monster". Olmstead had the distinction of appearing in the legendary Greta Garbo's first American film, 1926's "The Torrent". Having met and married director Robert Z. Leonard in 1926 (the marriage lasted until Leonard's death in 1968), and perhaps realizing that she would not adapt well to "talkies", Olmstead retired from films following the 1929 "The Show of Shows", and lived out her years in Hollywood. Her name is sometimes rendered as "Olmsted".

Bio by: Bob Hufford


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  • Added: 4 Jul 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10335
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gertrude Olmsted (13 Nov 1897–18 Jan 1975), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10335, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .