June 22, 1903: Birth of Beatrice Marguerite De La Motte

On this day in 1903, Beatrice Marguerite De La Motte was born in Duluth to Superior residents Joseph and Nellie De La Motte, who relocated to Duluth’s Munger Terrace a year after Marguerite’s birth. Marguerite studied dance in Duluth with Professor Leopold Lee at his school on the Temple Opera Block. When she was eleven years old, her father lost his license to practice law in Minnesota so he moved the family to San Diego. Four years later her talents as a dancer caught the attention of the San Diego Sun, and by 1918 was dancing at the Million Dollar theater in Los Angeles. That’s where actor Douglas Fairbanks spotted her. He offered her a role in the film Arizona, and later the two co-starred in The Mark of Zorro (1920), The Three Musketeers (1921), and The Iron Mask (1929). De La Motte went on to appear in fifty-eight films, retiring in 1942. You can read De La Motte’s full biography here.

Marguerite De La Motte in 1924’s The Beloved Brute. (Image: Silent Filmstill Archive)

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