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Louise Fazenda

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Louise Fazenda June 17, 1895 – April 17, 19621 was an American film actress, appearing chiefly in silent comedy films


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Marriage
  • 4 Death
  • 5 Recognition
  • 6 Philanthropist
  • 7 Partial filmography
  • 8 References
  • 9 External links

Early lifeedit

Of Portuguese ancestry, she was born in Lafayette, Indiana Her father, Joseph Fazenda, was a merchandise broker After moving west Louise attended Los Angeles High School and St Mary's Convent Before trying motion pictures, she worked for a dentist, a candy store owner, and a tax collector and on stage


Who's Who in the Film World, 1914

Fazenda got her start in comedy shorts as early as 1913 with Joker Studios, frequently appearing with Max Asher and Bobby Vernon She was soon recruited for Mack Sennett's troupe at Keystone Studios

As with many Keystone actors, Fazenda's star soon grew larger than Sennett was willing to pay for, and she left Sennett in the early 1920s for better roles and more money She took a break from making motion pictures in 1921–1922 in order to try vaudeville Fazenda appeared in a variety of shorts and feature-length films throughout the decade By the advent of sound pictures, Fazenda was a highly paid actress, making movies for nearly all of the big studios Fazenda continued through the 1930s, appearing mostly in musicals and comedies Her skill was in performing character roles She played such diverse parts as a fussy old maid and a lady blacksmith She was once described as a plain-looking woman but a highly gifted character comediancitation needed

The Old Maid, in 1939, was her last of nearly 300 movie appearances She spent the remainder of her years enjoying life as an art collector


In 1927, Fazenda married noted Warner Bros producer Hal B Wallis, a union which lasted until her death They had one son, Brent, who became a psychologist in Florida


Fazenda died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Beverly Hills, California1 Hal Wallis was in Hawaii making a film and left immediately for home She was interred at the Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, California


Fazenda has a star at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in the Motion Pictures section of the Hollywood Walk of Fame2


In 1954, Fazenda read about a woman who died in a car accident She paid the entire hospital bill of her daughter, who was injured in the wreck She subsidized the studies of a law student who was contemplating leaving school when his wife became pregnant At the UCLA Medical Center she helped to feed young children, before she rocked and sang them to sleep Actress Laura La Plante witnessed her charitable efforts LaPlante described Fazenda helping children and poor people One child refused to eat The actress reportedly went back and forth to the hospital from her home, making various dishes, until she was successful, and the youth regained his health Among the children she helped there was one Edward Bunker, who described what had happened in his autobiographical The Education of a Felon

Partial filmographyedit

  • Poor Jake's Demise 1913 short
  • Almost an Actress 1913 short
  • Hogan's Romance Upset 1915 short
  • Fatty's Tintype Tangle 1915 short
  • Down on the Farm 1920
  • A Small Town Idol 1921
  • The Beautiful and Damned 1922
  • The Fog 1923
  • Main Street 1923
  • Mary of the Movies 1923 – cameo
  • The Gold Diggers 1923, lost
  • The Wanters 1923
  • The Dramatic Life of Abraham Lincoln 1924
  • Listen Lester 1924
  • The Lighthouse by the Sea 1924
  • A Broadway Butterfly 1925
  • Compromise 1925
  • Bobbed Hair 1925
  • Hogan's Alley 1925
  • The Bat 1926
  • Footloose Widows 1926
  • Miss Nobody 1926
  • The Old Soak 1926
  • The Red Mill 1927
  • Cradle Snatchers 1927
  • Simple Sis 1927
  • A Texas Steer 1927
  • A Sailor's Sweetheart 1927
  • Tillie's Punctured Romance 1928
  • Heart to Heart 1928
  • Pay as You Enter 1928
  • Noah's Ark 1928
  • Outcast 1928
  • Taxi 13 1928 uncredited
  • Riley the Cop 1928
  • Five and Ten Cent Annie 1928
  • Stark Mad 1929
  • House of Horror 1929
  • On With the Show 1929
  • Hard to Get 1929
  • The Show of Shows 1929
  • Hot Stuff 1929
  • Loose Ankles 1930
  • No, No, Nanette 1930
  • Wide Open 1930
  • High Society Blues 1930
  • Bride of the Regiment 1930
  • Rain or Shine 1930
  • Leathernecking 1930
  • Viennese Nights 1930
  • Misbehaving Ladies 1931
  • Newly Rich 1931
  • The Mad Parade 1931
  • Once in a Lifetime 1932
  • Alice in Wonderland 1933
  • Wonder Bar 1934
  • Caravan 1934
  • The Winning Ticket 1935
  • The Casino Murder Case 1935
  • Broadway Gondolier 1935
  • The Widow from Monte Carlo 1935
  • Colleen 1936
  • Ready, Willing, and Able 1937
  • Ever Since Eve 1937
  • First Lady 1937
  • Swing Your Lady 1938
  • Down on the Farm 1938
  • The Old Maid 1939


  1. ^ a b Ellenberger, Allan R 2001 Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory McFarland p 178 ISBN 9780786450190 Retrieved 17 June 2017 
  2. ^ "Louise Fazenda" Hollywood Walk of Fame Archived from the original on 17 June 2017 Retrieved 17 June 2017 
  • "Death Takes Louise Fazenda of Silent Films" Los Angeles Times April 18, 1962 p A1 
  • "Louise Fazenda's Good Deeds Live After Her" Los Angeles Times April 21, 1962 p 10 

External linksedit

  • Biography portal
  • Louise Fazenda on Internet Movie Database
  • Louise Fazenda at Find a Grave
  • Literature on Louise Fazenda
  • Portrait of Fazenda

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