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Helen Ferguson is a Actor American born on 23 july 1901 at Decatur (USA)

Helen Ferguson

Helen Ferguson
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Nationality USA
Birth 23 july 1901 at Decatur (USA)
Death 14 march 1977 (at 75 years) at Clearwater (USA)

Helen Ferguson (July 23, 1901 – March 14, 1977) was an American actress later turned publicist.

Born in Decatur, Illinois in 1901, she graduated from Nicholas High School of Chicago and the Academy of Fine Arts. Ferguson was a newspaper reporter before entering the motion picture field.

It is thought she made her debut in films in 1914, although her first recorded credits are in 1917. She soon starred in roles for Fox Film Corporation by 1920, which is when her career really took off with films such as Hungry Hearts (1922) for Samuel Goldwyn. She was cast mostly in westerns, comedies, and serials. She was selected as a WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1922.

She married actor William Russell in 1925, but he died in 1929. The following year, she married wealthy banker Richard L. Hargreaves. Following her second marriage, she left films to concentrate on stage work, though she only received minimal success in this medium.

In 1933, she left acting altogether to focus on publicity work, a job she became very successful in and which made her a major power in Hollywood, because she was representing such big name stars as Henry Fonda, Barbara Stanwyck, and Robert Taylor, among others. Ferguson represented actress Loretta Young for more than nineteen years. She kept reporters from needlessly disturbing Young and was considered one of the foremost "suppress agents" in Hollywood.

In 1941, her second husband died, and she retired from publicity work in 1967. She died in Clearwater, Florida in 1977, aged 75. She is buried at Forest Lawn Glendale in Glendale, California.

Helen Ferguson has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions to Motion Pictures at 6153 Hollywood Blvd.

Biography

Née à Decatur dans l'Illinois dans une famille où « le porte-monnaie est trop petit pour répondre aux besoins de chacun » Helen travaille depuis ses dix ans à satisfaire les petites tâches des gens du voisinage. Habitant à côté des Studios Essanay à Uptown près de Chicago, Helen, au lieu de « passer son temps, comme tous les gosses du quartier, à jeter un coup d’œil dans les fentes des murs des Studios pour répondre à sa curiosité », aimerait bien du haut de ses treize ans, devenir actrice - le seul moyen de satisfaire alors ses deux exigences - gagner de l'argent et continuer à répondre à son insatiable curiosité d'adolescente.

Après un bout d'essai qui lui fait quitter definitivement le collège, elle acquiert le droit de se faire enregistrer comme extra le matin parmi une trentaine de personnes dont Taylor Holmes et Buck Jones et à attendre d'être appelé. Elle y rencontre et chaperonne la débutante Kathleen Morrison, la future Colleen Moore, de 1 an son aînée . Mais, malheureusement pendant deux ans, elle « est moins que la poussière que le portier balaye chaque soir » et n'a joué que des rôles de figurantes pendant une dizaine de mois qui lui ont valus d'être exclue à plusieurs reprises, par le directeur de casting. Inscrite à l'université des Beaux-Arts de Chicago, elle compléte son instruction initiale par des cours du soir.
Ayant exprimé son désarroi et son espoir de se voir confier un rôle au directeur de casting, elle tourne son premier véritable film, en 1915, Temper malheureusement non crédité.



Après avoir été exclue une dernière fois des Studios d'Essanay, elle part à l'age de seize ans, avec 150 dollars tenter sa chance à New York. Au bout de quelques mois, elle tourne ses premiers films crédités en 1917 dont un film avec Mitchell Lewis, aux Studios Vitagraph de James Stuart Blackton. Puis Samuel Goldwyn l'envoie en Californie où elle tient des premiers rôles dans des réalisations produites par la Fox Film Corporation qui lancent véritablement sa carrière comme Going some et Hungry Hearts en 1922 .

En cette année 1922, le comité de la WAMPAS gratifie Helen pour ses performances en l'intégrant dans la promotion des treize Baby Stars de la Western Associated Motion Picture Advertisers (WAMPAS), composée entre autres par Bessie Love et Claire Windsor.

Elle épouse en 1925, l'acteur William Russell dont elle devient veuve en 1929. L'année suivante, elle se marie avec le riche banquier Richard L. Hargreaves et quitte le cinéma pour se concentrer sur le travail scénique théâtral qui lui apporte un succès d'estime en deçà de ce qu'elle attendait.



En 1933, elle quitte définitivement le cinéma et crée une agence de publicité à Beverly Hills, effectuant un travail dans la communication auprès des stars du Cinéma qui lui procure beaucoup plus de satisfactions. Représenter à Hollywood, des stars comme Henry Fonda, Barbara Stanwyck et Robert Taylor ou encore Loretta Young, une Baby Star de 1929 qu'elle va coacher durant dix-neuf ans, lui conféra un certain pouvoir qu'elle utilisa notamment lorsqu'il fallut empêcher les journalistes de déranger inutilement Stanwyck, de peur qu'ils lui posent des questions indiscrètes sur le caractère de leur relation. Il est certain qu'elle ressemblait à celle d'un amour réciproque, faite de rapprochements et d'éloignements.

La devanture de son agence a été photographiée, par Ansel Adams, illustrant l'édition de mars 1941, du magazine Fortune, saluant ainsi, la femme de pouvoir qu' elle était devenue. Cette même photo est reparue dans l'émission télévisée de California's Gold de mars 2008 qui traitait des femmes d'affaires en Californie.



En 1941, elle perd son second mari et prend sa retraite en 1967, à Clearwater en Floride.
localité où elle décéde en 1977, à l'age de 75 ans. Elle est inhumée au cimetière de Forest Lawn Memorial Park de Glendale.

Helen Ferguson a une étoile au numéro 6153 sur le Walk of Fame à Hollywood en hommage à sa contribution au 7e Art.

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Filmography of Helen Ferguson (18 films)

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Actress

Kid Millions, 1h30
Directed by Roy Del Ruth, Willy Pogány
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Musical theatre, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Eddie Cantor, Ann Sothern, Ethel Merman, George Murphy, Berton Churchill, Warren Hymer
Roles Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Rating76% 3.8268453.8268453.8268453.8268453.826845
In New York City, 1934, we meet jazz singer, Dot Clark, and her shady gangster boyfriend, Louie The Lug ("An Earful of Music"). After having an affair with the deceased Professor Edward Wilson, Dot is now technically his common-law wife and heiress to 77 million dollars. She has to go to Egypt to claim the money, and sets off with Louie in hopes of getting the cash. Former assistant to Edward Wilson, Gerald Lane, informs the law offices of Benton, Loring, and Slade of Professor Wilson's death and the fact that Edward's son, Eddie Wilson Jr is the rightful heir to the money. Mr. Slade, the lawyer, goes to a barge in Brooklyn where Eddie is living with his adopted father, Pops, an old stevedore, and his three sons, Oscar, Adolph, and Herman, who roughhouse Eddie. However, Eddie is managing to live a nice life nonetheless, with his girlfriend, Nora 'Toots', and his care for all the kids on the barge. He dreams of the day when he will have enough money to live his own life outside of the dirty barge ("When My Ship Comes In"). Moments later, Eddie is informed that he has inherited the 77 million dollars and boards a ship bound for Egypt to claim the money. Aboard the ship, we meet Colonel Henry Larrabee, a gentleman from Virginia who sponsored Eddie Sr's exploration endeavors and wants a share of the money as well. Eddie befriends his beautiful niece, Joan, and Dot and Louie realize that they are not the only ones traveling to Egypt. In an elaborate scheme to trick Eddie into signing over the inheritance, Dot disguises herself as Eddie's mother and almost succeeds in duping him but Louie ruins the plan at the last minute. Meanwhile, Gerald Lane has boarded the ship and we see that he is in love with Joan Larrabee.
Scarlet Pages, 1h6
Directed by Ray Enright
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Crime, Romance
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Elsie Ferguson, John Halliday, Grant Withers, Marian Nixon, William B. Davidson, Wilbur Mack
Roles Miss Hutchinson
Rating60% 3.0143253.0143253.0143253.0143253.014325
In the prologue to the film(taking place in 1911) we learn that, being unable to care for her baby, Mary Bancroft (Elsie Ferguson), had to give her up for adoption. Years later(in 1930), we find Bancroft as a successful female lawyer in New York. She refuses to marry District Attorney John Remington (John Halliday), because she doesn't want to tell him about her unfortunate past. Bancroft and Remington go to a nightclub one night where Nora Mason (Marian Nixon) works as a singer and dancer. Nora Mason is actually Bancroft's biological daughter but neither of them knows it. Although Nora is tired of the work she is doing and wants to settle down and marry Robert Lawrence (Grant Withers), her adoptive "father" Dr. Henry Mason (played by Wilbur Mack) has other plans for her. Dr. Mason wants to sell Nora to Gregory Jackson (William B. Davidson), who promises to star Nora in a show that will bring in lots of money, as long as she gives herself to Jackson. When Nora hears of this sordid deal from the lips of Dr. Mason, she kills him with a gun her adoptive "mother"(Charlotte Walker) has recently bought. Lawrence, with a friend who is an acquaintance of Bancroft's, goes to the office of Bancroft to ask her to defend Nora. At first reluctant, Bancroft finally decides to take the case. Nora at first refuses to tell the reasons for killing her adoptive father Dr. Mason until it comes out in court that she has been adopted. Nora then informs the jury the entire details of what had occurred prior to the murder; it is obliquely stated that she had been molested by Dr. Mason. When Bancroft finds out her client is actually her own daughter she passes out in court. Nora is acquitted and eventually forgives her real mother for abandoning her as a child.
The Fire Fighters
Directed by Jacques Jaccard
Origin USA
Actors Helen Ferguson, Lafe McKee
Roles Mary Kent

Casey of the Coast Guard
Directed by William Nigh
Origin USA
Genres Action, Adventure
Actors George O'Hara, Helen Ferguson, J. Barney Sherry, Coit Albertson
Roles Doris Warren

John Casey (George O'Hara) is a Coast Guard officer stationed on Long Island Sound. He is both hated and feared by a band of smugglers headed by Diamond Kate. The serial unfolds with the smuggler gang choosing their strike against Casey on the night of the Cadet Coast Guard Ball. Casey’s brother Frank answers the call that night and is killed in action against the smugglers. Casey vows to avenge the death of his brother.
The Unknown Purple, 1h32
Directed by Roland West
Origin USA
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Henry B. Walthall, Alice Lake, Stuart Holmes, Helen Ferguson, Frankie Lee, Dorothy Phillips
Roles Ruth Marsh

After his release from prison, an inventor develops an eerie purple light that renders him invisible, enabling him to seek revenge on his unfaithful wife and his crooked business partner.
Within the Law
Directed by Frank Lloyd
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Norma Talmadge, Lew Cody, Lincoln Plumer, Tom Ricketts, Jack Mulhall, Eileen Percy
Roles Helen Morris
Rating72% 3.613513.613513.613513.613513.61351
Lorsque Mary Turner est envoyée en prison pour un crime qu'elle n'a pas commis, elle fait le vœu qu'à sa sortie, elle se vengera de ceux qui l'ont lésée, en restant toujours toutefois dans le respect de la loi.
Hungry Hearts
Directed by E. Mason Hopper
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about religion, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Helen Ferguson, E. Alyn Warren, Bryant Washburn, George Siegmann, Otto Lederer
Roles Sara
Rating62% 3.1069053.1069053.1069053.1069053.106905
As described in a film publication, the Levin family escapes from Europe and finds refuge in New York City, where everyone in the family must work. Sara (Ferguson) finds janitor work and meets David (Washburn), nephew of their landlord Rosenblatt (George Siegmann). David falls in love with Sara and teaches her to read and write. He looks forward to when he can open a law office, be free of his uncle, and marry the girl. The uncle intervenes and parts the lovers, and then raises the rent of the Levin family without mercy. The stress causes Sara's mother to become temporarily insane and damage the walls of the apartment, and Rosenblatt takes them to court. Young lawyer David defends the family against his uncle, and the lovers are reunited while the family moves to the suburbs.
The Freeze-Out, 50minutes
Directed by John Ford
Origin USA
Genres Western
Actors Harry Carey, Helen Ferguson, Charles Le Moyne, Joe Harris, J. Farrell MacDonald, Lydia Yeamans Titus
Roles Zoe Whipple
Rating48% 2.4187552.4187552.4187552.4187552.418755
As described in a film publication summary, the Stranger (Carey) comes to town of Broken Buckle to start a gambling hall. The Headlight, the existing gambling hall, is crooked, and the Stranger wants to start a straight one. He meets Zoe Whipple (Ferguson) who is attempting to reform the town and teaches school out of her home. Misunderstandings arise between the Stranger and Zoe that are brought about by Denver Red (Le Moyne), proprietor of the Headlight. After Zoe pleads with the Stranger not to start a new gambling den, the Stranger opens it to the public, but it turns out to be a new library and school. After running Denver out of town, the Stranger wins Zoe.
Miss Lulu Bett, 1h11
Directed by William C. de Mille
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Lois Wilson, Milton Sills, Theodore Roberts, Helen Ferguson, Mabel Van Buren, Mae Giraci
Roles Diana Deacon
Rating71% 3.5727653.5727653.5727653.5727653.572765
Une jeune femme autrefois timide gagne une nouvelle confiance après un mariage raté, au grand dam de sa misérable famille.
Just Pals
Just Pals (1920)
, 50minutes
Directed by John Ford
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Western
Actors Buck Jones, Helen Ferguson, Duke R. Lee, Edwin B. Tilton
Roles Mary
Rating66% 3.3400553.3400553.3400553.3400553.340055
Une histoire d'amour entre un vagabond et une institutrice... À Norwalk, Bim est le sympathique et paresseux vagabond local, Mary Bruce l'institutrice. Bim devient le camarade de Bill, un jeune petit vagabond. Bill est obligé d'aller à l'école. Bim cherche du travail. Quant à Mary, elle prête à Harvey Cahill l'argent de l'école. Mais Bill se sauve en prenant le train, et rejoint Bim qui le soigne. Le docteur Stone et sa femme croient que Bill est l'enfant pour lequel une récompense a été promise. Mary ne peut récupérer l'argent de l'école et tente de se noyer. Bim se dénonce comme le voleur, mais les habitants décident de le lyncher. Grâce à Bill, Harvey est démasqué.