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Aileen Pringle

Aileen Pringle's favorite film was a mid-1920s silent based on a book by Elinor Glyn: Three Weeks (1924), sort of a "Lady Chatterly's Lover". She recalled in a 1980 telephone conversation: "The film was in good taste; some people thought the book was trashy". Anita Loos wrote in "A Girl Like I", the first volume of her autobiography, vaudeville comic Joe Frisco telling Glynn: "Leave me get this straight. You want to find some tramp that don't look like a tramp, to play that English tramp in your picture. But take it from me, that kind of tramp don't hang out in Hollywood". Aileen had spent her 20s married to Charles McKenzie Pringle, the son of Sir John Pringle, a Jamaica landowner and a member of the Privy and Legislative Councils of Jamaica. Aileen lived in Jamaica until she went on stage with George Arliss. When she began divorce proceedings against Pringle in 1926, Hollywood gossip columnists speculated she would marry H.L. Mencken. She did not remarry until 1944 when she became the bride of James M. Cain, author of "The Postman Always Rings Twice". I opened my 1980 telephone conversation with Aileen by mentioning that the day before I had been reading her correspondence with Mencken at the New York Public Library. "But all the letters were destroyed", she said. I knew that Mencken had asked for all of his letters to her back at the time he became engaged to Sara Haardt. Aileen was the only woman who received such a request from Mencken at that time. "It was your letters from the late '30s and '40s I was reading", I told Aileen. "In one of them Mencken was urging you to write a book. Did you ever finish it?" "No. I got married instead." In a 1946 letter she wrote to Mencken. "If I had remained married to that psychotic Cain, I would be wearing a straitjacket instead of the New Look." Date of Death 16 December 1989, New York City, New York

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Jul 23, 1895 In San Francisco, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Earthbound 1920-08-10
Latest Project:
Pelicula Laura 1944-10-11
Known For
Poster of Mujeres
Poster of Body and Soul
Poster of A Thief in Paradise
Poster of Stolen Moments
Pelicula Laura Woman (uncredited) 1944-10-11
Pelicula Desde que te fuiste Woman at Cocktail Lounge (uncredited) 1944-07-20
Pelicula Happy Land Mrs. Prentiss 1943-11-10
Pelicula Between Us Girls Nightclub Patron 1942-09-04
Pelicula Murieron con las botas puestas Mrs. Sharp 1941-11-01
Pelicula Appointment for Love Nurse Gibbons (uncredited) 1941-10-31
Pelicula Mujeres Miss Carter - Saleslady 1939-01-01
Pelicula The Hardys Ride High Miss Booth, Dress Saleslady 1939-04-21
Pelicula Should a Girl Marry? Mrs. White 1939-06-07
Pelicula Calling Dr. Kildare Mrs. Thatcher 1939-04-28
Pelicula Sucedió en China Mrs. Arthur MacArthur (uncredited) 1938-09-16
Pelicula John Meade's Woman Mrs. Melton 1937-02-26
Pelicula Thanks for Listening Lulu, Blackmailer Leader 1937-07-12
Pelicula La reina de Nueva York Mrs. Bullock (uncredited) 1937-11-25
Pelicula She's No Lady Mrs. Douglas 1937-08-20
Pelicula The Unguarded Hour Diana Roggers 1936-04-10
Pelicula Entre esposa y secretaria Mrs. Anne Barker (uncredited) 1936-02-28
Pelicula Piccadilly Jim Paducah Pomeroy 1936-08-14
Pelicula Wanted: Jane Turner Norris' Secretary 1936-12-04
Pelicula Vanessa: Her Love Story Herries Servant 1935-03-01
Pelicula Jane Eyre Lady Blanche Ingram 1934-08-15
Pelicula Sons of Steel Enid Chadburne 1934-12-14
Pelicula By Appointment Only Diane Manners 1933-07-06
Pelicula Police Court Diana McCormick 1932-02-19
Pelicula The Phantom of Crestwood Mrs. Walcott 1932-10-14
Pelicula The Age of Consent Barbara 1932-08-19
Pelicula Murder at Midnight Esme Kennedy 1931-09-01
Pelicula Convicted Claire Norville 1931-11-01
Pelicula Puttin' on the Ritz Mrs. Teddy Van Rennsler 1930-03-01
Pelicula Prince of Diamonds Eve Marley 1930-03-26
Pelicula Soldiers and Women Brenda Ritchie 1930-04-30
Pelicula Night Parade Paula Vernoff 1929-10-27
Pelicula Dream of Love The Duchess 1928-12-01
Pelicula Life in Hollywood No. 7 Herself 1927-08-25
Pelicula Body and Soul Hilda 1927-10-01
Pelicula The Great Deception Lois 1926-07-26
Pelicula Tin Gods 1926-09-19
Pelicula A Kiss in the Dark Janet Livingstone 1925-04-06
Pelicula A Thief in Paradise Rosa Carmino 1925-06-18
Pelicula The Mystic Zara 1925-09-26
Pelicula Name the Man Isabelle 1924-01-27
Pelicula Three Weeks The Queen 1924-02-10
Pelicula True As Steel Mrs. Eva Boutelle 1924-04-20
Pelicula The Christian Lady Robert Ure 1923-01-14
Pelicula Souls for Sale Lady Jane 1923-04-22
Pelicula My American Wife Hortensia deVereta 1922-12-31
Pelicula Earthbound 1920-08-10
Pelicula Stolen Moments Inez Salles 1920-12-08