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Occupation  actress, publicist
Name  Helen Ferguson

Role  Actress
Siblings  Catherine Ferguson
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Born  July 23, 1901 (1901-07-23) Decatur, Illinois, U.S.
Died  March 14, 1977, Clearwater, Florida, United States
Spouse  Richard L. Hargreaves (m. 1930–1941), William Russell (m. 1925–1929)
Movies  Just Pals, Max Wants a Divorce, Hungry Hearts, Miss Lulu Bett, The Freeze‑Out
Similar People  Max Linder, John Ford, Frank Lloyd, William Nigh, Ray Enright

Helen Ferguson (July 23, 1901 – March 14, 1977) was an American actress later turned publicist.

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Born in Decatur, Illinois in 1901, she graduated from Nicholas High School of Chicago and the Academy of Fine Arts. Ferguson was a newspaper reporter before entering the motion picture field.

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It is thought she made her debut in films in 1914, although her first recorded credits are in 1917. She soon starred in roles for Fox Film Corporation by 1920, which is when her career really took off with films such as Hungry Hearts (1922) for Samuel Goldwyn. She was cast mostly in westerns, comedies, and serials. She was selected as a WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1922.

She married actor William Russell in 1925, but he died in 1929. The following year, she married wealthy banker Richard L. Hargreaves. Following her second marriage, she left films to concentrate on stage work, though she only received minimal success in this medium.

In 1933, she left acting altogether to focus on publicity work, a job she became very successful in and which made her a major power in Hollywood, because she was representing such big name stars as Henry Fonda, Barbara Stanwyck, and Robert Taylor, among others. Ferguson represented actress Loretta Young for more than nineteen years. She kept reporters from needlessly disturbing Young and was considered one of the foremost "suppress agents" in Hollywood.

The front of her publicity office was photographed by Ansel Adams for the March 1941 edition of Fortune magazine and shown in the March 17, 2008 episode of California's Gold.

In 1941, her second husband died, and she retired from publicity work in 1967. She died in Clearwater, Florida in 1977, aged 75. She is buried at Forest Lawn Glendale in Glendale, California.

Helen Ferguson has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions to Motion Pictures at 6153 Hollywood Blvd.

Partial filmography

  • Max Wants a Divorce (1917)
  • Life's Greatest Problem (1918)
  • The End of the Road (1919)
  • Burning Daylight (1920)
  • The Mutiny of the Elsinore (1920)
  • Just Pals (1920)
  • The Right Way (1921)
  • The Freeze-Out (1921)
  • Miss Lulu Bett (1921)
  • The Call of the North (1921)
  • Hungry Hearts (1922)
  • The Famous Mrs. Fair (1923)
  • Brass (1923)
  • Within the Law (1923)
  • Double Dealing (1923)
  • The Unknown Purple (1923)
  • The Cloud Rider (1925)
  • The Scarlet West (1925)
  • Spook Ranch (1925)
  • Wild West (1925)
  • Casey of the Coast Guard (1926)
  • The Fire Fighters (1927)
  • Jaws of Steel (1927)
  • In Old California (1929)
  • Scarlet Pages (1930)
  • References

    Helen Ferguson Wikipedia