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Pauline Garon


B: September 9, 1901 in Montréal, Québec

D: August 30, 1965 in San Bernardino, California

Pauline Garon is pictured in a cropped detail from an original portrait in the Northernstars Collection. Garon, whose full name was Marie Pauline Garon, was the youngest of eleven children. She attended Couvent Sacre-Coeur in Montréal, which was one of the most prestigious schools at the time, but didn’t learn to speak English until she was ten years old. She was the first Sacred Heart graduate to seek a career in theater and worked briefly on Broadway. But by that time film was the place to be and even then that usually meant Hollywood. She traveled to the west coast in 1920 and landed her first important role just a year later, with the 1921 film, The Power Within. She appeared opposite Owen Moore, who was then married to Mary Pickford, in Reported Missing (1922) and got good reviews for her work in the Henry King adaptation of Sonny. She had been chosen for this role by King after he saw her portray the role in the stage production on Broadway. In 1923, she was hailed as Cecil B. DeMille’s next big new discovery but he only used her in two films, one of which was the 1923 film, Adam’s Rib. Garon worked steadily after her popularity soared, but her first marriage to actor Lowell Sherman in February 1926 may have led to an early decline in her career. Acting on Sherman’s advice, Garon declined to sign a long-term contract with Paramount and was relegated to lesser roles. Perhaps recognizing her mistake, Garon separated from Sherman a few months after their first anniversary. Her 1927 film, a silent, The Princess on Broadway, was set in New York City. A romantic melodrama, Garon played a waitress who is given an acting job on Broadway, but then the show’s producers, wanting to get a rich young man to invest, tell him that the waitress is really a Russian princess, incognito. He falls for the deceit and falls for her, and later he learns the truth. In 1928, Garon became a US citizen. She was still playing lead roles, but only in B movies, and she had the occasional supporting role in more glamorous films, but by 1929 her career was on the wane, and by the early 1930s, with the coming of sound, she worked less often. Her career was essentially over by 1934 when she began to appear in a series of small, usually uncredited roles when she could get work at all. She made her final appearance in two 1941 movies including the 1941 Greer Garson / Walter Pidgeon film, How Green Was My Valley. Garon had married the radio star and actor, Clyde Harland in 1940 but that marriage didn’t last either and they were divorced in 1942. Her third marriage was to comedian Ross Forester which lasted until she died of a brain disorder at the Patton State Hospital, a psychiatric institution in San Bernardino, California, in 1965.

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A Manhattan Knight (1920)
The Power Within (1921)
Polly of the Follies (1922)
Reported Missing (1922)
Sonny (1922)
Manslaughter (1922)
The Man from Glengarry (1922)
You Can’t Fool Your Wife (1923)
Children of the Dust (1923)
Glengarry School Days (1923)
Forgive and Forget (1923)
Adam`s Rib (1923)
The Marriage Market (1923)
What the Butler Saw (1924)
Pal o’ Mine (1924)
The Average Woman (1924)
The Spitfire (1924)
Wine of Youth (1924)
The Turmoil (1924)
The Painted Flapper (1924)
Speed (1925)
Passionate Youth (1925)
Fighting Youth (1925)
Where Was I? (1925)
The Love Gamble (1925)
The Great Sensation (1925)
Satan in Sables (1925)
Der Farmer aus Texas (1925)
Compromise (1925)
Rose of the World (1925)
The Splendid Road (1925)
Flaming Waters (1925)
Christine of the Big Tops (1926)
Driven from Home (1927)
The Love of Sunya (1927)
The Princess on Broadway (1927)
Eager Lips (1927)
Naughty (1927)
Ladies at Ease (1927)
The College Hero (1927)
Temptations of a Shop Girl (1927)
The Heart of Broadway (1928)
The Candy Kid (1928)
The Girl He Didn’t Buy (1928)
Dugan of the Dugouts (1928)
The Devil`s Cage (1928)
Riley of the Rainbow Division (1928)
Must We Marry? (1928)
Redskin (1929)
The Gamblers (1929)
Lovers’ Delight (1929)
In the Headlines (1929)
The Show of Shows (1929)

Letters (1930)
Jack White Talking Pictures (1930)
Garde la bombe (1930)
Le spectre vert (1930)
The Thoroughbred (1930)
Parlez Vous (1930)
We! We! Marie! (1930)
Ooh La-La (1930)
Échec au roi (1931)
Parisian Gaities (1931)
The Phantom Broadcast (1933)
Easy Millions (1933)
By Appointment Only (1933)
One Year Later (1933)
La veuve joyeuse (1934)
Wonder Bar (1934)
Lost in the Stratosphere (1934)
The White Cockatoo (1935)
Becky Sharp (1935)
Going Highbrow (1935)
Dangerous (1935)
It Had to Happen (1936)
Song of the Saddle (1936)
Colleen (1936)
Folies-Bergère (1936)
King of Hockey (1936)
Her Husband`s Secretary (1937)
Shall We Dance (1937)
Bluebeard`s Eighth Wife (1938)

The Cowboy and the Blonde (1941)
How Green Was My Valley (1941)

Bunco Squad (1950)

Pauline Garon, The Princess on Broadway, movie, poster,