Grace Darmond: What Every Woman Wants

Today Grace Darmond is better known for her private life than for the 67 films she made between 1914 and 1927. Born Grace Marie Glionna (1893-1963), she was the lover of Jean Acker (wife of Rudolph Valentino) and a member of Alla Nazimova’s “sewing circle” at the Garden of Allah.

Originally from Toronto, Darmond spent a few years on the stage and then broke into films at Selig Polyscope, and later Vitagraph. Some of her notable films include the first movie in Technicolor The Gulf Between (1917), What Every Woman Wants (1919), Valley of the Giants (1919, opposite Wallace Reid), So Long Letty (1920, as the title character, originally played on stage by Charlotte Greenwood), and The Hope Diamond Mystery (1921, featuring a young Boris Karloff). Her last film of the silent period was Wages of Conscience, late 1927. In 1941, Grace Darmond returned to the screen one last time to take a walk-on in the Melvyn Douglas comedy Our Wife.

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