| Actress, dancer|
Syncopation, Black Jack
| Barbara Jane Bennett|
August 13, 1906 (1906-08-13) Palisades Park, New Jersey, U.S.
Burtonville Union Cemetery
Barbara Bennett Suprenant
August 8, 1958, Montreal, Canada
Joan Bennett, Constance Bennett
Laurent Surprenant (m. 1954–1958), Addison Randall (m. 1941–1945), Morton Downey (m. 1929–1941)
Morton Downey Jr., Anthony Downey, Lorelle Downey, Kevin Downey, Michael Downey
Joan Bennett, Constance Bennett, Richard Bennett, Adrienne Morrison, Morton Downey Jr
Barbara Jane Bennett (August 13, 1906 – August 8, 1958) was an American stage and film actress and dancer.
Bennett was the second of three daughters born to actor Richard Bennett and his wife, actress Adrienne Morrison in Palisades Park, New Jersey. Her paternal grandfather was the stage actor Lewis Morrison. Her older sister, Constance, later became an extremely successful film actress as did her younger sister Joan. The girls attended the Chapin School with the actress Jane Wyatt.
Bennett married three times and had five children. On January 28, 1929, she married tenor Morton Downey. The couple had four biological children, including son Morton Downey Jr., and adopted a fifth child, Michael. They divorced in June 1941. Bennett later married actor Addison Randall, a popular romantic star and singing cowboy at the time. On July 16, 1945, Randall died after suffering a heart attack and falling from a horse during the filming of The Royal Mounted Rides Again. Bennett married Laurent Suprenant in 1954. The couple moved to Montreal in 1957 and remained together until her death the following year.
Bennett later worked as a literary representative for producer Walter Wanger, who was married to her sister Joan. In that position, Bennett scouted best-sellers and the like as potential movie properties, especially for her sister Joan.
On August 8, 1958, five days before her 52nd birthday, Bennett died after what the media described as an unidentified "long illness" in Montreal. Over the course of her life, Bennett attempted suicide four times. As the circumstances surrounding herself were vague and Bennett's sister Joan refused to discuss the details of her death, rumors arose that Bennett had finally succeeded in ending her life. In her 1982 memoirs Lulu In Hollywood, longtime friend and actress Louise Brooks wrote of Bennett, "Barbara made a career of her emotions. Periods of work or marriage were terminated by her frightening, abandoned laughter of despair and failure. Only her death, in 1958, achieved in her fifth suicide attempt, could be termed a success."
She was buried at Burtonville Union Cemetery in Lacolle, Quebec. A memorial service was later held at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills.
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