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Louise Fazenda
American actress

Louise Fazenda

Louise Fazenda
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Intro American actress
Was Actor Stage actor Film actor
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 17 June 1895, Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, USA
Death 17 April 1962, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA (aged 66 years)
Star sign Gemini
Father: Joseph Fazenda
Spouse: Hal B. Wallis (1927-1962)
Children: Brent Wallis
Los Angeles High School
star on Hollywood Walk of Fame  
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Louise Fazenda (June 17, 1895 – April 17, 1962) was an American film actress, appearing chiefly in silent comedy films.

Early life

Fazenda was born in her maternal grandparents' house in Lafayette, Indiana, the daughter of merchandise broker Joseph A. Fazenda, who was born in Mexico, and Nelda T. Schilling Fazenda, a Chicago native. She was of Portuguese, French, and Italian descent on her father's side and of German descent on her mother's.

The Fazenda family relocated to California, where Joseph Fazenda opened up a grocery store. Louise attended Los Angeles High School and St. Mary's Convent and kept busy with a number of after-school jobs, one of which was delivering groceries for the family business via a horse-drawn wagon.


Who's Who in the Film World, 1914

Fazenda was discovered by a scout employed by Mack Sennett in a high school comedy show. She made her first film in 1913. She was best known as a character actor in silent films, playing roles such as a fussy old maid and a blacksmith. She briefly left films during 1921 and 1922 to perform vaudeville. Her transition into talking pictures led to more serious roles. The Old Maid, in 1939, was her last of her nearly 300 movie appearances.


In 1927, Fazenda married Hal B. Wallis, a producer at Warner Bros., and they remained married until her death. They had one son, Brent, who became a psychiatrist.


Fazenda died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Beverly Hills, California. Wallis was in Hawaii making a film and left immediately for home. She was interred at the Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, California. At her funeral, many stories were told of Fazenda's volunteer work, such as caring for children at UCLA Medical Center and taking in two children during World War II.


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

Selected filmography

  • Poor Jake's Demise (1913, Short) as Servant
  • Almost an Actress (1913, Short) as Susie
  • Hogan's Romance Upset (1915, Short)
  • Fatty's Tintype Tangle (1915, Short) as Edgar's Wife
  • The Marble Heart (1916)
  • Maid Mad (1916, Short)
  • Maggie's First False Step (1917)
  • Bullin' the Bullsheviki (1919)
  • Salome vs. Shenandoah (1919)
  • Down on the Farm (1920) as Louise - the Farmer's Daughter
  • Married Life (1920) as Wife of Heckler at Theatre
  • A Small Town Idol (1921) as Theatregoer
  • Bright Eyes (1922, Short) as the Golfer
  • The Beauty Shop (1922) as Cremo Panatella
  • Bow Wow (1922) as the Country Girl
  • Quincy Adams Sawyer (1922) as Mandy Skinner
  • The Beautiful and Damned (1922) as Muriel
  • The Fog (1923) as Millie Richards
  • The Spider and the Rose (1923) as Dolores
  • Main Street (1923) as Bea Sorenson
  • Mary of the Movies (1923, cameo, uncredited)
  • The Spoilers (1923) as Tilly Nelson
  • Tea: With a Kick! (1923)
  • The Gold Diggers (1923, lost) as Mabel Munroe
  • The Wanters (1923) as Mary
  • The Old Fool (1923) as Dolores Murphy
  • The Dramatic Life of Abraham Lincoln (1924) as Sally - a Country Girl
  • The Galloping Fish (1924) as Undine
  • True as Steel (1924) as Miss Leeds
  • Listen Lester (1924) as Arbutus Quilty
  • Being Respectable (1924) as Deborah Carpenter
  • This Woman (1924) as Rose
  • The Lighthouse by the Sea (1924) as Flora Gale
  • The Night Club (1925) as Carmen
  • Cheaper To Marry (1925) as Flora
  • The Price of Pleasure (1925) as Stella Kelly
  • Déclassé (1925) as Mrs. Walton
  • A Broadway Butterfly (1925) as Cookie Dale
  • Grounds for Divorce (1925) as Marianne
  • The Love Hour (1925) as Jenny Tibbs
  • Compromise (1925) as Hilda
  • Bobbed Hair (1925) as Sweetie
  • Hogan's Alley (1925) as Dolly
  • The Bat (1926) as Lizzie Allen
  • Footloose Widows (1926) as Flo
  • Miss Nobody (1926) as Mazie Raleigh
  • The Passionate Quest (1926) as Madame Mathilde
  • Tin Gods (1926)
  • Millionaires (1926) as Reba, Esther's Sister
  • The Old Soak (1926) as Annie
  • The Lady of the Harem (1926) as Yasmin
  • Ladies at Play (1926) as Aunt Katherine
  • Finger Prints (1927) as Dora Traynor
  • The Red Mill (1927) as Gretchen
  • The Gay Old Bird (1927) as Sisseretta Simpkins
  • Babe Comes Home (1927) as Laundry Girl
  • Cradle Snatchers (1927) as Susan Martin
  • Simple Sis (1927) as Sis
  • A Sailor's Sweetheart (1927) as Cynthia Botts
  • A Texas Steer (1927) as Mrs. Ma Brander
  • Ham and Eggs at the Front (1927) as Cally Brown
  • Tillie's Punctured Romance (1928) as Tillie, a Runaway
  • Domestic Troubles (1928) as Lola
  • Pay as You Enter (1928) as Mary Smith
  • Vamping Venus (1928) as Maggie Cassidy / Circe
  • Five and Ten Cent Annie (1928) as Annie
  • Heart to Heart (1928) as Aunt Katie Boyd
  • The Terror (1928) as Mrs. Elvery
  • Noah's Ark (1928) as Hilda / Tavern Maid
  • Outcast (1928) as Mable
  • Riley the Cop (1928) as Lena Krausmeyer
  • Taxi 13 (1928) (uncredited)
  • Stark Mad (1929) as Mrs. Fleming
  • The Desert Song (1929) as Susan
  • House of Horror (1929) as Louise
  • Hot Stuff (1929) as Aunt Kate
  • On With the Show (1929) as Sarah
  • Hard to Get (1929) as Ma Martin
  • The Show of Shows (1929) as 'Recitations' Sketch
  • The Broadway Hoofer (1929) as Jane
  • No, No, Nanette (1930) as Sue Smith
  • Wide Open (1930) as Agatha Hathaway
  • Loose Ankles (1930) as Sarah Harper
  • High Society Blues (1930) as Mrs. Granger
  • Spring Is Here (1930) as Emily Braley
  • Bride of the Regiment (1930) as Teresa - The Maid
  • Rain or Shine (1930) as Frankie
  • Leathernecking (1930) as Hortense
  • Viennese Nights (1930) as Gretl Kruger
  • Gun Smoke (1931) as Hampsey Dell
  • Misbehaving Ladies (1931) as Aunt Kate Boyd
  • Newly Rich (1931) as Maggie Tiffany
  • The Mad Parade (1931) as Fanny Smithers
  • The Cuban Love Song (1931) as Elvira
  • Racing Youth (1932) as Daisy Joy
  • Once in a Lifetime (1932) as Helen Hobart
  • The Unwritten Law (1932) as Lulu Potts
  • Hunting Trouble (1933, Short) as Walter's Wife
  • Alice in Wonderland (1933) as White Queen
  • Caravan (1934) as Governess Bessie Opitz
  • Wonder Bar (1934) as Mrs. Pratt
  • The Winning Ticket (1935) as Nora Tomasello
  • The Casino Murder Case (1935) as Becky
  • Broadway Gondolier (1935) as Mrs. Flaggenheim
  • Bad Boy (1935) as Mrs. Harris - Landlady
  • The Widow from Monte Carlo (1935) as Rose Torrent
  • Colleen (1936) as Alicia Ames
  • Doughnuts and Society (1936) as Kate Flannagan
  • I Married a Doctor (1936) as Bea Sorenson
  • Ready, Willing, and Able (1937) as Clara Heineman
  • The Road Back (1937) as Angelina
  • Ever Since Eve (1937) as Abbie Belldon
  • Merry-Go-Round of 1938 (1937) as Mrs. Penelope Updike
  • First Lady (1937) as Mrs. Lavinia Mae Creevey
  • Swing Your Lady (1938) as Sadie
  • Down on the Farm (1938) as Aunt Ida
  • The Old Maid (1939) as Dora (final film role)
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