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Lilian Bond

Lilian Bond (18 January 1908 – 25 January 1991) was a British film actress of the late 1920s to the 1940s, with most of her films being B-films. Bond was born in London and made her first public appearance at the age of fourteen when she was in the pantomime, Dick Whittington. Later she joined the chorus of Piccadilly Revels and continued on the stage when she went to America. She began her film career in the 1929 film No More Children. Between 1929 and 1931 she starred in nine films, most notably the 1931 western Rider of the Plains opposite Tom Tyler. In 1932 she was named a WAMPAS Baby Star, alongside future Hollywood legends Gloria Stuart and Ginger Rogers. From 1932 to 1953, she would have roles in 39 films, some of which were uncredited, with others having her in the lead heroine role. Bond played Gladys DuCane in The Old Dark House, a chorus girl who falls in love with Roger Penderel (played by Melvyn Douglas). Possibly her best-known film role was in the 1940 film The Westerner, in which she played legendary stage actress Lillie Langtry, and which starred Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan and Doris Davenport. By the 1950s her career had declined, with her having mostly television series appearances. She retired from acting at the age of 50 in 1958. She was married three times, her first marriage being at the height of her career, to Sidney Smith. She married Smith in 1935, and the two divorced in 1944. Lilian went on to marry Michael Fessier, a successful writer and producer in 1961. The two remained married until his death in 1988. She died in 1991, aged 83, from a heart attack, in the care home in which she lived in Reseda, California, USA.

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Jan 18, 1908 In London - England - UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Under Eighteen 1931-01-02
Latest Project:
Series The Californians 1957-09-24
Known For
Poster of Affairs of a Gentleman
Poster of Beauty and the Boss
Poster of The Great Lover
Poster of Stepping Out
Series The Californians Unknown 1957-09-24
Movie Pirates of Tripoli Sono 1955-02-10
Movie The Maze Margaret Dilling (as Lillian Bond) 1953-07-26
Movie Shadow on the Wall Attendant (uncredited) 1950-05-19
Movie That Forsyte Woman Old Jolyon's Maid (uncredited) 1949-11-03
Movie The Jolson Story Woman (uncredited) 1946-10-10
Movie Nocturne Mrs. Billings (scenes deleted) 1946-10-29
Movie The Picture of Dorian Gray Kate 1945-03-01
Movie A Desperate Chance for Ellery Queen Adele Belden 1942-05-07
Movie Scotland Yard Lady Constance 1941-04-03
Movie The Westerner Lily Langtry 1940-09-18
Movie The Housekeeper's Daughter Gladys Fontaine 1939-10-26
Movie The Women Mrs. Erskine 1939-09-01
Movie Sued for Libel Muriel Webster 1939-10-27
Movie Blond Cheat Roberta Trent 1938-06-17
Movie China Seas Mrs. Timmons 1935-08-09
Movie The Bishop Misbehaves Mrs. Millie Waller 1935-09-13
Movie Hell Bent for Love Millicent 'Millie' Garland 1934-05-19
Movie Affairs of a Gentleman Carlotta Barbe 1934-05-01
Movie Dirty Work Evie Wynne 1934-12-07
Movie Hot Pepper Hortense 1933-01-15
Movie Pick Up Muriel Stevens (as Lillian Bond) 1933-03-24
Movie Double Harness Monica Page 1933-07-21
Movie Take a Chance Thelma Green 1933-11-25
Movie Her Splendid Folly Jill McAllister / Laura Gerard 1933-10-07
Movie The Big Brain Dorothy Norton 1933-08-04
Movie Beauty and the Boss Girl at Bar (uncredited) 1932-04-09
Movie Fireman, Save My Child June Farnum 1932-02-20
Movie The Trial of Vivienne Ware Dolores Divine 1932-05-01
Movie The Old Dark House Gladys Perkins aka Gladys DuCane 1932-10-20
Movie Man About Town Carlotta Cortez 1932-05-22
Movie Air Mail Irene Wilkins 1932-11-03
Movie Hot Saturday Eva Randolph (as Lillian Bond) 1932-10-28
Movie Stepping Out Cleo Del Rio 1931-04-11
Movie Under Eighteen Penthouse Party Guest 1931-01-02
Movie Just a Gigolo Agatha Carrol 1931-06-06
Movie The Squaw Man Babs 1931-09-04
Movie Manhattan Parade Sewing Girl 1931-12-24
Movie The Great Lover Mrs. Loring (uncredited) 1931-07-18
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