Yola d'Avril ~ The French Beauty

Yola d'Avril

 Yola d'Avril was born on April 8, 1907 in Lille, France. Her family moved to Paris during World War 1. She started dancing as a child and was called "the most graceful girl in Paris". After her father's death in 1923 she moved to Canada to continue her dancing career. She went to Hollywood and made her film debut in the 1925 film A Mannequin From Paris. Yola started getting small roles in films like Vamping Venus and She Goes To War. She became close friends with Gloria Swanson who guided her career. First National signed her to a long term contract in 1926 but they dropped her due to her heavy French accent. In 1930 she got rave reviews when she costarred in the comedy Those Three French Girls.

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She also worked with Joan Blondell in God's Gift To Women and with Spencer Tracy in Sky Devils. Although she appeared in more than seventy films she never became a major star. Yola married music composer Eddie Ward on October 25, 1930. A few months after the wedding he filed for divorce claiming she partied too much. They reconciled but over the next decade the couple would file for divorce three more times. Their marriage finally came to an end in 1941. By that time her career was in trouble and she was only getting bit parts. During World War 2 she entertained the troops and was briefly engaged to a soldier. She married J. Montiague in Las Vegas in 1948. Her final role was in the 1953 drama Little Boy Lost. Yola retired and lived quietly in Port Hueneme, California with her husband. She died on March 2, 1984 at the age of seventy-six.



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