Beth Darlington ~ The Beautiful Girl

Beth Darlington

Beth Darlington was born Helen Hixson on March 19, 1904 in Kansas City, Missouri. After her parents separated she moved to Los Angeles with her mother. When she was seventeen she won first prize in the annual Venice bathing suit parade. Beth made her film debut in the 1921 melodrama The Lamplighter. Then she appeared in the comedies Keep Moving and Just A Minute with Eddie Lyons. In 1923 she was offered a contract with Hal Roach's studio. She was Charley Chase's leading lady in numerous shorts including Don't Forget, Sittin' Pretty, and The Fraidy Cat. Beth was called one of the most beautiful girls in Hollywood.

Beth DarlingtonBeth Darlington Charley Chase
                                                                                                                           With Charley Chase        

She was just over five feet tall, weighed 117 pounds, and had natural blonde hair. Although she appeared in more than thirty films she never became a major star. She decided to quit acting in 1925. Her last role was in the comedy short Captain Suds. She married Terrence Clarke, a cement salesman, on February 16, 1926. Beth spent the next two decades being a housewife. She and her husband never had children. On January 6, 1951 she was traveling in Val Verde, Texas when she died suddenly from a coronary occlusion. She was only forty-six years old. Beth was cremated and her ashes are buried at Hollywood Forever cemetery in Los Angeles.

Beth Darlington Buddy MessengerBeth Darlington Billie Beck
                                                                                                                 With Billie Beck

Beth Darlington