Thursday, June 3, 2010

Yvonne Stevens, silent-film actress, dies at age 104

Yvonne Stevens, a silent-film comedic actress, has died at age 104. She was also the first wife of Academy Award-winning director George Stevens. Yvonne Stevens' death was reported in the Washington Post and elsewhere.

According to the Washington Post article, "Mrs. Stevens was a "bathing beauty" for slapstick comedy innovator Mack Sennett in the 1920s and had supporting roles in a handful of films under the name Yvonne Howell. They included the drama "Fashions for Women" (1927), helmed by the pioneering female director Dorothy Arzner; and the western "Somewhere in Sonora" (1927), opposite the popular cowboy star Ken Maynard. . . . In 1928, Yvonne Howell met George Stevens, then a novice cameraman, at comedian Oliver Hardy's house. They married in 1930."

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