Friday, May 30, 2008

Mary Carlisle

Mary Carlisle was an actress whose movie career was mostly in the 1930s. She invariably played leading and supporting roles.

She was a WAMPAS "Baby Star" in 1932. The "WAMPAS Baby Stars" was a promotional campaign sponsored by the Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers in the United States, which honored thirteen young women each year who they believed to be on the threshold of movie stardom. They were selected from 1922 to 1934 and honored at a party called the WAMPAS Frolic (for more information about WAMPAS, read here).

I wrote to Ms. Carlisle in 1980, to her home in Beverly Hills, California. She signed and returned this photo within two weeks. As of this writing, Ms. Carlisle, age 96, is one of the last three WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1932 (the other two are Gloria Stuart and Dorothy Layton).

Below is a posed scene still from "Beware Spooks!", a 1939 comedy which also starred Joe E. Brown.

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