Judith Barrie ~ The Model Starlet

Judith Barrie

Judith Barrie was born Catherine Emma Brown on August 6, 1907 in Sacramento, California. She was the daughter of Eva and Fred Brown, a cigar merchant. Her grandfather was a wealthy wheat merchant. She was a society debutante and was educated at a prestigious girls boarding school in Berkeley. After graduating she became a successful artist's model and frequently posed for James Montgomery Flagg. She was a talented musician and briefly worked as a professional concert pianist. Judith married movie producer Edward Halperin on April 22,1928. He convinced her to try acting. She made her film debut in the 1930 drama Party Girl opposite Jeanette Loff. The movie was produced by her husband and directed by her brother-in-law Victor Halperin.

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Then she starred in the drama Ex-Flame and the western serial The Last Frontier. Although her performances got good reviews Judith's movie career went nowhere. Her last film was Hidden Gold with Tom Mix. Judith was the model for a life size bronze statue used to welcome visitors to the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. In January of 1932 her husband Edward filed for divorce. He claimed that she said she did not love him anymore. She moved to New York City to pursue a career on Broadway. Judith married Norman Lee, a stock broker, in August of 1933. Soon after she retired from show business. She died on January 9, 1991 at the age of eighty-three.


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                                                                                                             With Jeanette Loff          

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