Louise Fazenda: Clowned Well, Married Better


Today is the birthday of Louise Fazenda (1895-1962). This adorable Indiana native was hired away from Universal by Mack Sennett in 1915 to play country girls mostly, feisty female rubes with an outsized sense of decency. One of the mostly frequently screened of her Sennett comedies today is Fatty’s Tintype Tangle, in which she plays an innocent stranger accidentally photographed in the park with Fatty Arbuckle, causing marital trouble aplenty.

After leaving Sennett in the early twenties, she tried her hand at vaudeville for several months, then played dramatic roles in features for most of the major studios. In 1927, she married famed Warner Brothers producer Hal B. Wallis and continued to act for another dozen years before retiring to concentrate on her philanthropic activities.

Now here she is in A Versatile Villain (1915), with Charley Chase (then Parrott), Minta Durfee, and Hank Mann:


To learn more about silent and slapstick comedy please check out my new book: Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Mediaalso available from amazon.com etc etc etc


To find out about  the history of vaudevilleconsult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.



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