(25 November 1899 — 22 April 1962) was an American film actress.
Early life and career
Born in Richmond, Virginia
in 1899, she started out as a dancer, worked as a Mack Sennett
bathing beauty, and became a leading lady in silent motion pictures. Among her film credits are starring roles in Sam Wood
's Prodigal Daughters
(1923), and Cecil B. DeMille
's Feet of Clay
(1924), The Golden Bed
(1925), and The Road to Yesterday
A petite, blue-eyed brunette, with a vivacious, "bubbling-over personality", she was constantly looking for fun. Reporters noted that she was so tiny that she reminded one much more of a little girl than a mature movie star. While she was working with DeMille, he loaned her out so frequently to other studios that she seldom knew where her dressing room might be from day to day.
On August 28, 1927, police in Hollywood reported that Reynolds had taken poison. Later the same evening she clarified what had occurred. She explained that an excited telephone operator had phoned the police when her mother requested a doctor. The police arrived along with an ambulance. The actress was found unconscious on the floor of a bathroom in her Hollywood home.
Police responded initially to moans from the actress' mother who was outside the bathroom. When the door was opened they found the younger woman writhing in pain. Reynolds' mother believed her daughter had taken the poison by mistake, believing it to be medicine. Despite the... Read More