Still photos only give a hint of her delightful presence onscreen. Offscreen, she was much the same, one of the most sought-after ladies in Hollywood. A smitten pre-Shearer Irving Thalberg used to lurk on her dark street waiting to watch her return home from parties. Creepy.

Older sister Norma was one of the first superstars, specializing in distressed brunette ladies; sister Natalie, minus the looks or appeal of her sisters, settled for marrying a star instead and, some said, helped ruin Buster Keaton.

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