Elsie Tarron ~ Bathing Beauty


Elsie Tarron

Elsie Taron was an actress and bathing beauty who quit acting to be a housewife.

She was born Elsie Maud Hamilton on September 30, 1903, in London, England. Elsie was a beautiful teenager who loved to dance and dreamed of becoming an actress. Eventually she moved to Hollywood and started entering beauty contests. At the age of nineteen she was chosen to be one of Mack Sennett's bathing beauties. She posed for countless cheesecake photos along with other starlets including Thelma Hill and Cecille Evans. The girls became close friends and formed a club called "The Little Dippers". Elsie was chosen to be their President. In 1923 she began working as an extra in Mack Sennett's comedies. Over the next two years she appeared in more than a dozen short films. She even appeared on the cover of The National Police Gazette twice. Her parts gradually started getting bigger and she was given featured roles in The Lost Soul and High And Dizzy. She signed a contract with F.B.O. studios and starred in the 1927 western Cyclone On The Range. Unfortunately her success didn't last long and by 1929 she was back to playing bit parts.

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 In her last movie, A Close Shave, she appeared briefly as a massage customer. She decided to retire and married actor Andy Clyde on September 23, 1932. They had worked together in many films including The Lion's Whiskers and A Taxi Scandal. The couple bought a large mansion nicknamed "Clyde Manor" where they grew their own strawberries. Elsie enjoyed being a housewife and spent a lot of time playing golf with her husband. In 1935 they had a son named John Allan Clyde. Tragically John died when he was just nine years old. Elsie and Andy remained together until his death on May 18, 1967. A few months later she married 73 year old actor George "Sloppy" Gray. She had worked with him at the Sennett studios and he had been one of her husbands closest friends. Sadly George passed away just four weeks after their wedding. Elsie continued to live quietly in Los Angeles where she shared an apartment with Ruth Hiatt, another Sennett bathing beauty. She passed away from natural causes on October 24, 1990 at the age of eighty-seven.


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                                                    With Thelma Hill