Lila Lee

Lila Lee

New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 13 Nov 1973 (aged 68)
Saranac Lake, Franklin County, New York, USA
Burial Elyria, Lorain County, Ohio, USA
Plot Section F
Memorial ID 8748668 · View Source
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Actress. Born Augusta Appel, Lee was 13 years old when she was on Broadway performing in her well-know role as "Cuddles." Mother of writer James Kirkwood Jr., Lee appeared in “Blood and Sand” with Rudolph Valentino. As leading lady in 1930’s “The Unholy Three” (opposite Lon Chaney Sr.) she was positioned to become one of the new sound era's first major stars. Unfortunately her screen career was bedeviled by severe bouts with what was referred to as tuberculosis but whispered to be the results of acute alcoholism. In 1936, Lee was a witness to the suicide of playboy Reid Russell, and the same year, she retired from 19 years in the movies and went back to Broadway.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lila Lee (25 Jul 1905–13 Nov 1973), Find a Grave Memorial no. 8748668, citing Brookdale Cemetery, Elyria, Lorain County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .