|Died||August 27, 1952 (aged 53)|
Camarillo, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery, Santa Monica|
(m. 1926; div. 1931)
Corliss Palmer (July 25, 1899[a] – August 27, 1952) was an American silent film actress and model. She first came to public attention after winning Motion Picture Magazine's Fame and Fortune Contest in 1920, upon which she was deemed the "most beautiful girl in America." She would go on to appear in a total of sixteen films between 1922 and 1931.
In 1920, Palmer entered the "Fame and Fortune Contest" advertised in Motion Picture Magazine. She won the contest, and was heralded by the magazine as the "most beautiful girl in America." The magazine's publisher, Eugene V. Brewster, allowed Palmer significant publicity in the magazine, and began to promote her as she embarked on a film career. Between 1921 and 1923, Motion Picture Magazine published a total of twenty-three articles on Palmer, while its sister publication, Motion Picture Classic, published an additional story on the actress. Palmer also had a cosmetic line named after her featuring Peach Bloom Face Powder, created by the Wilton Chemical Company in New York City, and also appeared on the cover of Beauty, a women's magazine.
She married Eugene V. Brewster in October 1926. The couple lived on a $500,000 estate in Morristown, New Jersey, but were forced to relocate to a one-bedroom apartment in Hollywood, California in 1931 after Brewster's estate was squandered when his former wife sued him for alienation of affection. The couple would divorce in 1931.
After her divorce, Palmer became an alcoholic, and on January 31, 1933, was committed to a hospital in San Francisco under the pseudonym Edith Mason, a name she had adopted in an attempt to revitalize her film career. It was noted in a March 12, 1933 article in the Portsmouth Daily Times that Palmer "had been drinking steadily for several days," and the hospital staff "feared she might harm herself or set fire to her room." Palmer would spend the latter half of her life in psychiatric institutions. She died in 1952 in Camarillo, California.
|Denotes lost films|
|1922||From Farm to Fame||N/A||Short film|
|1926||Her Second Chance||Nancy|||
|1926||Bromo and Juliet||Madge|||
|1927||The Return of Boston Blackie||Sylvia Markham|||
|1927||A Man's Past||Sylvia Cabot|||
|1927||Polly of the Movies||Lisa Smith|||
|1927||Honeymoon Hate||Mrs. Fremont Gage I|||
|1928||The Noose||Cabaret Girl|||
|1928||Into the Night||Mrs. Harding|||
|1928||The Night Bird||Blonde|||
|1928||George Washington Cohen||Mrs. Gorman|||
|1928||Clothes Make the Woman||N/A|||
|1929||Broadway Fever||Lila Leroy|||
- Though some sources note Palmer's birth year as 1902, according to NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,181, she was born in 1899 and, at the 1902 census, resided in Brooks, Georgia.
- "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M3FG-NDS : accessed 22 June 2017), Helen Palmer in household of Luther Palmer, Militia District Quitman town, Brooks, Georgia, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 6, sheet 16A, family 296, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,181.
- "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MJ8C-MSM : accessed 22 June 2017), Grady Palmer in household of J M Simmone, Macon Ward 4, Bibb, Georgia, United States; citing ED 43, sheet 7B, line 98, family 183, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 235; FHL microfilm 1,820,235.
- "Corliss Palmer Powder". Motion Picture. 24: 100. 1922 – via Google Books.
- Slide 2010, p. 16.
- Lowe 2005, p. 520.
- Shaffer, Rosalind (June 10, 1934). "Corliss Palmer, Georgia Peach, a Changed Girl". Chicago Tribune. p. 6.
- Redmond, Jennifer Ann (2018). SOUTHERN BELLE TO HOLLYWOOD HELL: Corliss Palmer and her Scandalous Rise and Fall. BearManor Media.
- Slide 2010, pp. 16–17.
- ""I Chased the Rainbow—and Now Look at Me!" – What Corliss Palmer Brewster, Prize Beauty, Told the Doctors When She Woke Up and Found Herself in a Hospital". Portsmouth Daily Times. Portsmouth, Ohio. March 12, 1933. p. 11 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Raving Woman Former Star? Beauty Rushed to Hospital May Be Corliss Palmer". The Amarillo-Globe Times. Amarillo, Texas. February 1, 1933. p. 7 – via Newspapers.com.
- Slide 2010, pp. 250–51.
- Wlaschin, p. 191. sfn error: no target: CITEREFWlaschin (help)
- "Abbreviated View of Movie Page: Sex Madness (1929)". American Film Institute. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
- Redmond, Jennifer Ann (2018). Southern Belle to Hollywood Hell: Corliss Palmer and her Scandalous Rise and Fall. BearManor Media. ISBN 978-1629333410.
- Lowe, Denise (2005). An Encyclopedic Dictionary of Women in Early American Films, 1895-1930. Psychology Press. ISBN 978-0-789-01843-4.
- Slide, Anthony (2010). Inside the Hollywood Fan Magazine: A History of Star Makers, Fabricators, and Gossip Mongers. University of Mississippi Press. ISBN 978-1-604-73414-0.
- Wlaschin, Ken (2009). Silent Mystery and Detective Movies: A Comprehensive Filmography. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-786-44350-5.
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