Gladys Frazin ~ The Troubled Actress

Gladys Frazin

Gladys Frazin was a beautiful 1920s film starlet who took her own life.

She was born on June 21, 1900 in Chicago, Illinois. Her father, Louis Frazin, was a wealthy store owner. Gladys began her career on the New York stage. In 1918 she married theatrical agent Leo Lowenstein. Their son, Leo Jr, was born two years later. She starred on Broadway in The Masked Woman and toured the country in White Cargo. The pretty brunette became a popular stage star and was featured on the cover of The National Police Gazette. She made her film debut in the 1924 drama Let No Man Put Asunder. After leaving her husband she married actor Douglas Gilmore. They were divorced in 1925. Her third marriage, to merchant Richard W. Lehne, only lasted a month. She went to London to star in a stage production of The Trial of Mary Dugan. Then she starred in the British films The Blue Peter and Spangles. Gladys married comedian Monty Banks in 1929.

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They worked together in The Compulsory Husband and Kiss Me Sergeant. Monty also adopted her young son. Her final role was in the 1931 drama The Other Woman. She divorced Monty in 1932 and moved in with her parents in New York City. In April of 1932 she disappeared for several days after having a nervous breakdown. Gladys was diagnosed with schizophrenia and began suffering from severe depression. She and Monty announced they were going to remarry in 1934 but they broke up again. Tragically on March 9, 1939 she committed suicide by jumping out of her sixth floor bedroom window. She was only thirty-eight years old. Gladys had left a suicide note that said "Mother and Dad, Please forgive me for what I am doing. I cannot suffer any longer." She was buried at
Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York.

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