Warm, attractive, highly talented leading actress, popular in silent film in roles calling for quiet realism rather than slick glamour. Wilson played the female lead in several well-remembered action and epic films of the period such as "The Covered Wagon" (1923) and "The Vanishing American" (1925), but enjoyed a more memorable showcase with her superb work in the poignant title role of a lonely, put-upon young woman in William DeMille's "Miss Lulu Bett" (1921). She also played Daisy opposite Warner Baxter in the first film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" (1926).
Chosen by Paramount Studios to represent the film industry at the British Empire Exposition, Wilson was cited as "a typical example of the American girl in character, culture and beauty." Her stardom faded with the coming of sound, but she continued in good supporting roles (e.g. 1933's "Female") until the early 1940s, eventually racking up over 100 credits in feature films. Wilson later enjoyed success on the Broadway stage and the TV soap operas "The Guiding Light" and "The Edge of Night."
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Won a statewide beauty contest in Alabama
Made film acting debut in a small part in "The Dumb Girl of Portici", starring ballerina Anna Pavlova
Selected by Paramount Studios to represent the motion picture industry at the British Empire Exposition
Retired from motion pictures
Made one-shot return to films with a small part in "The Girl from Jones Beach"