Beth Darlington ~ The Beautiful Girl

Beth Darlington

Beth Darlington was a beautiful silent film star who walked away from Hollywood.

She was born Helen Hixson on March 19, 1904 in Kansas City, Missouri. Her parents, Claud Hixson and May Harding, separated when she was a child.  Soon after she moved to Los Angeles with her mother. At the age of seventeen she won first prize in the annual Venice bathing suit parade. Beth made her film debut in the 1921 melodrama The Lamplighter. In 1923 she was offered a contract with Hal Roach's studio. She was Charley Chase's leading lady in numerous comedy shorts including Don't Forget, Sittin' Pretty, and The Fraidy Cat. Beth was called one of the most beautiful girls in Hollywood and appeared on the cover of the National Police Gazette. She was just over five feet tall, weighed 117 pounds, and had natural blonde hair. After leaving Hal Roach she was signed by Century films.

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Beth Darlington Charley Chase
With Charley Chase

Beth costarred with Buddy Messinger in Clear The Way and with Arthur Lake in Love Sick. She also appeared in the Western The Mystery Of The Lost Ranch. Although she made more than thirty films she never became a major star. Tired of Hollywood she decided to quit acting in 1925. Her last role was in the comedy Captain Suds. Beth married Terence Clarke, a cement salesman, on February 16, 1926. She spent the next two decades being a housewife. In 1950 she and her husband bought a hotel in Mexico City, Mexico. Beth was driving there on January 6, 1951 when she died suddenly in Val Verde, Texas. Sadly she had suffered a coronary occlusion at the age of forty-six years old. She was cremated and her ashes are buried at Hollywood Forever cemetery in Los Angeles, California

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Beth Darlington Billie Beck
With Billie Beck