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Bebe Daniels

Stage Name

Birth Name

Bebe Daniels Phyllis 'Bebe' Virginia Daniels

          American Actress, Dancer, Writer, Producer and Singer ...Bebe Daniels already had toured as an actor by the age of four in a stage production of Richard III and The Squaw Man in the US, she had her first leading role at the age of seven ( A Common Enemy) and started her film career shortly after this in movies for Imperial, Pathe and others. At 14 she was already a film veteran. She was the infamous flapper that most men of the day feared and loved in many of her movies.

    Her mother (Phyllis Griffin Daniels (b. 1874, d. 20-Feb-1959) was a star theatrical entertainer and father (Melville Daniel MacMeal ("Danny Daniels", b. 1864, d. 1930) was a theatrical manager. Daniels started her career as a child and was a product of the Jazz age. Started her movie career with the "Selig Polyscope Company," and later moved to the "Hal Roach's studios" in 1915 at the age of fourteen and by 1919 would be working at the Paramount Studios. During her stay at Roach's studio she would make over 200 short subject silent films. Bebe made the transition from Silent's to Talkies without a hitch.

         She became an adult star by 1922 and by 1924 was playing opposite Rudolph Valentino in"Monsieur Beaucaire." Daniels' charisma, gorgeous singing voice and dramatic skill helped her move easily from silent films to talkies, making her a musical and dramatic star, most notably in "Rio Rita" (1929). She starred as leading lady to comedian Harold Lloyd in his early "Lonesome

Bebe Daniels Autograph
Luke" and "Glasses Character" and other silent slapstick comedies and dramas. When sound arrived, Bebe transitioned nicely due to her beautiful singing voice. Although not a dancer she did dance in some of her films. Daniels last USA film was "Music is Magic" in 1935.

    Bebe married Ben Lyons in 1930 and they retired to England sometime around the mid 1930's, only to star in their own show for BBC "Life with the Lyons" in the 50's. Bebe's husband Ben Lyon was in the film "Hell's Angels" (a Howard Hughes production) which also featured Jean Harlowe. The Lyons (Bebe & Ben) then did radio and Television shows for the BBC. Daniels Uncle was Lee DeForest, major pioneer in Television and sound on film technology for Motion Pictures and was the inventor of the Orthocon Ray Tube. They had two children, Barbara and Richard, who later co-starred with their parents in a weekly British radio program and a television series that ran 1955 to 1960 called, "Life With the Lyons."

    By all accounts, Bebe was a popular actress, not only with her fans but also with her co-workers as well. In 1921, the young actress was arrested for speeding. Sentenced to spending 10 days in jail and was even a hit there as well... Paramount made a film about it called "The Speed Girl." In 1931 Bebe had a stalker fan by the name of Albert F. Holland who was a disabled Veteran and was put in Custody on Insanity complaints for stalking Bebe. He was released two years later (1933) and was immediately back stalking her and had to go to court again. ( Click here for photo and wire note on back).

     On March 16, 1971, Daniels died of a cerebral hemorrhage in London at the age of 70 and her husband Ben died eight years later of a heart attack. Her remains were cremated at London's Golders Green Crematorium and the ashes returned to the United States; she was interred in the Chapel columbarium at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California.

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Birth Place

Birth Date

Spouse

Offspring

Dallas, Texas 1/14/1901-3/16/1971 Ben Lyon (1930-1971) Barbara Lyon (a Singer)
              Richard Lyon (adopted)

Dance Types

Dance Partners

Music Titles & Song Film Clips

1920s Jazz Baby & Flapper Dances Harold Lloyd
click to hear song
Dixiana (1930 from Dixiana)
Charleston      
click to hear song
I Am Your Baby Now (1930 from Dixiana)
Flamenco (kinda)    
click to hear song
I Can't Love You Anymore
Foxtrot    
YouTube Video Clip
If Your In Love You'll Waltz (1929 from Rio Rita)
     
YouTube Video Clip
John Boles and Bebe Daniels (1929 from Rio Rita)
     
YouTube Video Clip
Listen Heart Of Mine (1933)

Publications

Posters

YouTube Video Clip
My Shining Star (w/ Everett Marshall)
8/1930 - Screen Book Magazine 1923 - Hollywood
click to hear song
Night Winds (1930)
5/1934 - Cine Mundial Magazine (Pinup) 1930 - Hell's Angels (Ben Lyon, No Bebe)
YouTube Video Clip
Nursie, Nursie (1940) w/ Ben Lyon
3/26/1921 - Movie Weekly Magazine    
YouTube Video Clip
River Song (Operetta style)
9/1921 - Vanity Fair Magazine    
YouTube Video Clip
Simple Maid (1930) some dance in clip
3/16/1971 - Los Angeles Times

Sheet Music Covers

YouTube Video Clip
Sing Something In The Morning
  1929 - Rio Rita (Ziegfeld's)
YouTube Video Clip
Until Love Comes Along #1 (1930)
  1930 - Dixiana
YouTube Video Clip
Your Always In My Arms (1929)

Night Clubs

Television / Radio

Stage

Riviera Polo Club 1951-1961 - Life With The Lyons Clip 1| Clip 2 | Clip 3 | Clip 4 1905 - Richard The III
  Hi Gang! 1905 - The Squaw Man
    Panama Hattie (UK Production)

Video Clips (pop-up)

Films and Video Clips

Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1908 - A Common Enemy Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1923 - Glimpses of the Moon
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1910 - The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1923 - Hollywood
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1911 - A Counterfeit Santa Claus Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1924 - Dangerous Money
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1913 - The Savage Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1924 - Daring Youth
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1924 - Monsieur Beaucaire (w/ Valentino)
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1916 - The Cinema Director (Lonesome Luke) Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1924 - Argentine Love
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1917 - All Aboard Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1925 - The Crowded Hour
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1917 - Bliss Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1925 - Wild, Wild Susan
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1917 - By The Sad Sea Waves Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1926 - Palm Beach Girl
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1917 - Rainbow Island Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1926 - The Campus Flirt
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1918 - Are Crooks Dishonest Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1927 - She's a Sheik
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1918 - Here Come The Girls Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1927 - Señorita
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1918 - Hey There Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1928 - Feel My Pulse [DVD]
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Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1918 - The Unseen Silent's [DVD] Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1928 - What A Night
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1919 - A Jazzed Honeymoon Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1929 - Rio Rita [DVD]
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1919 - A Sammy in Siberia Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1930 - Alias French Gertie
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1919 - Ask Father
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1930 - Dixiana [DVD] [ Instant Video]
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1919 - Bumping Into Broadway
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1930 - Life is a Game of Cards ( Dixiana)
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1919 - Dancin' Fool , the Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1931 - Maltese Falcon, the ( Aka Dangerous Female) [DVD]
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1919 - Don't Change Your Husband [ DVD]
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1931 - Reaching for the Moon ( Trailer) [DVD]
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1919 - Going, Going, Gone (aka 'Une Excursion Mouvemente')
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1931 - Reaching for the Moon [DVD | Instant Video] ( Wild Party)
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1931 - Stolen Jools, the
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1932 - Crash, the
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1919 - Male and Female [ DVD]
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1932 - Silver Dollar (Trailer)
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1919 - Neighbors
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1933 - 42nd. Street [ DVD | Instant Video]
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1933 - 42nd. Street [ DVD | Instant Video]
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1920 - Why Change Your Wife [ DVD] Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1933 - Counceller-at-Law [ DVD]
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1934 - Registered Nurse
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1935 - Music Is Magic ( Last US Appearance on US film)
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