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Marie Prevost
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Prevost, c. 1921
Born
Marie Bickford Dunn

(1896-11-08)November 8, 1896
Died January 21, 1937(1937-01-21) (aged 40)
Cause of death Acute alcoholism
Nationality Canadian
American
Other names Mary Prevost
Marie Provost
Education Manual Arts High School
Occupation Actress
Years active 1915–1936
Spouse(s)
Sonny Gerke
(m. 1918; div. 1923)

Kenneth Harlan
(m. 1924; div. 1927)

Marie Prevost (born Marie Bickford Dunn; November 8, 1896 – January 21, 1937) was a Canadian-born film actress. During her 20-year career, she made 121 silent and sound films.

Prevost began her career during the silent film era. She was discovered by Mack Sennett who signed her to contract and made her one of his "Bathing Beauties" in the late 1910s. Prevost appeared in dozens of Sennett's short comedy films before moving on to feature-length films for Universal. In 1922, she signed with Warner Bros. where her career flourished as a leading lady. She was a favorite of director Ernst Lubitsch who cast her in three of his comedy films: The Marriage Circle (1924), Three Women (1924) and Kiss Me Again (1925).

After being let go by Warner Bros in early 1926, Prevost's career began to decline and she was relegated to secondary roles. She was also beset with personal problems, including the death of her mother in 1926 and the breakdown of her marriage to actor Kenneth Harlan in 1927, which fueled her depression. 1935, Prevost was only able to secure bit parts in films. She made her last onscreen appearance in 1936.

Prevost died at the age of 40 in January 1937. Prevost's estate was valued at $300 since she had squandered most of her earnings. Her death prompted the Hollywood community to create the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital.

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