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Also Known As: Lena Baskette Died: October 1, 1994
Born: April 19, 1907 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: San Mateo, California, USA Profession: actor, dancer, dog breeder

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A leading actress of silent days, mostly in lavish costume melodrama, Lina Basquette saw her popularity fade in the early sound period. She also enjoyed a successful career as a stage dancer and actress, appearing with the "Ziegfeld Follies" and co-starring with Al Jolson. Probably her most famous film was Cecil B. DeMille's typically lavish and lurid "The Godless Girl" (1929), a late silent with the star as a student revealing the joys of atheism to her classmates. After appearing in a number of Westerns, she retired from features in 1937 only to re-emerge after a nearly 50-year absence in "Paradise Park" (1991).

A leading actress of silent days, mostly in lavish costume melodrama, Lina Basquette saw her popularity fade in the early sound period. She also enjoyed a successful career as a stage dancer and actress, appearing with the "Ziegfeld Follies" and co-starring with Al Jolson. Probably her most famous film was Cecil B. DeMille's typically lavish and lurid "The Godless Girl" (1929), a late silent with the star as a student revealing the joys of atheism to her classmates. After appearing in a number of Westerns, she retired from features in 1937 only to re-emerge after a nearly 50-year absence in "Paradise Park" (1991).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Paradise Park (1993)
2.
 A Night for Crime (1943) Mona [Harrison/Marie]
3.
 The Buccaneer (1938) Roxane
4.
 Four Men and a Prayer (1938) Ah-Nee
5.
 Rose of the Rio Grande (1938) Anita
6.
 Ebb Tide (1937) Attwater's servant
7.
 Souls at Sea (1937) Brunette
8.
 The Final Hour (1936) Belle
9.
 The Phantom Express (1932) Betty
10.
 Arm of the Law (1932) Dancer
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1915:
Film acting debut in a series of silents, the "Lena Baskette Features"
:
Changed spelling of name and moved to NYC
:
By early 1920s, had become a featured dancer on Broadway in the "Ziegfeld Follies"
1929:
Cast in Cecil B DeMille's last silent, "The Godless Girl"
:
Appeared in a number of Westerns in the 1930s
1931:
Returned to Broadway starring opposite Al Jolson in "The Wonder Bar"
1937:
Last major film role, "Ebb Tide"
1991:
Made one-shot return to features in "Paradise Park"
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Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Sam Warner. Married 1925 until his death in 1927 from a cerebral hemorrhage.
husband:
Teddy Hayes. Fight trainer. Divorced.

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step-father:
Ernest Belcher.
step-sister:
Marge Belcher. Dancer, choreographer. Survived her.
step-brother:
Robert Belcher. Survived her.
daughter:
Lita Warner Heller. Born 1926; father, Sam Warner; lost custody after her husband's death; survived her.
son:
Edward Hayes. Father, Teddy Hayes; born 1934; survived her.
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