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Occupation  Film actress
Education  Hollywood High School
Role  Film actress
Name  Barbara Kent
Years active  1925–1935

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Full Name  Barbara Cloutman
Born  December 16, 1907 (1907-12-16) Gadsby, Alberta, Canada
Died  October 13, 2011, Palm Desert, California, United States
Spouse  Jack Monroe (m. 1954–1998), Harry E. Edington (m. 1932–1949)
Parents  Lily Louise Cloutman, Jullion Curtis Cloutman
Movies  Lonesome, Flesh and the Devil, Welcome Danger, Feet First, Indiscreet
Similar People  Paul Fejos, Clyde Bruckman, Clarence Brown, Edward T Lowe - Jr, William Wyler

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Barbara Kent (née Cloutman) (December 16, 1907 – October 13, 2011) was a Canadian-born, North American-based film actress, prominent from the silent film era to the early talkies of the 1920s and 1930s, and a former (1925) Miss Hollywood.

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Career

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Born as Barbara Cloutman in Gadsby, Alberta, to Jullion Curtis and Lily Louise (née Kent) Cloutman, she won the 21-year-old Miss Hollywood Pageant in 1925, the same year she graduated from Hollywood High School.

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She began her Hollywood career in 1925, aged 18, in a small role for Universal Studios, which signed her to a contract that year. A brunette who stood less than five feet tall, Kent became popular as a comedian opposite such stars as Reginald Denny. She made a strong impression as the heroine pitted against Greta Garbo's femme fatale in Flesh and the Devil in 1926 after Universal had lent Kent to MGM to make the film. She attracted attention in the 1927 film No Man's Law by appearing to swim nude. She wore a flesh-colored moleskin bathing suit in scenes that were considered very daring at the time. The popularity of this film led to her selection as one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars for 1927. She made a smooth transition into talking pictures opposite Harold Lloyd in the comedy Welcome Danger (1929). Kent was also featured with Lloyd in his iconic Feet First. Over the next few years, she remained popular and received critical praise for her role in the 1933 film version of Oliver Twist.

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Kent married talent agent Harry Edington in Yuma, Arizona, on her 25th birthday, December 16, 1932. During a one-year hiatus, Edington groomed Kent for what he intended to be a high-profile career. By the time she returned to films, however, her popularity had waned and she was unable to establish herself again. She made her last appearance on screen with Columbia’s Under Age in 1941. This last screen credit is attributed to Barbara on IMDb, but two other credits, Blondie Meets the Boss and The Fleet's In, and it belong to another younger actress also called Barbara Kent, born in England in 1921.

Later years

Following the death of her husband in 1949, Kent retreated from public life. She married Jack Monroe, an engineer, in 1954. They lived in Sun Valley, Idaho, later settling in Palm Desert, California. Monroe died in 2011 at 103 years of age.

Hobbies

Kent had a great love for the outdoors. Always active, she enjoyed golf, fly-fishing, hunting, and gardening. She was a longtime member of Marakkesh, Sunland, and Thunderbird Country Clubs. She was known as a talented cook and loved entertaining friends and family. Kent continued to fly light aircraft until her 85th birthday and was still playing golf well into her mid-90s.

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Barbara Kent Wikipedia


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