Laura La Plante (November 1, 1904 – October 14, 1996) was an American actress, best known for her roles in silent films.
Born as Laura LaPlant, La Plante made her acting debut at the age of 15, and in 1923 was named as one of the years WAMPAS Baby Stars. During the 1920s she appeared in more than sixty films. Among her early film appearances were Big Town Round-Up (1921), with cowboy star Tom Mix, and the serials Perils of the Yukon (1922) and Around the World in Eighteen Days (1923).
The majority of her films (i.e. from 1921 to 1930) were made for Universal Pictures. During this period she was the studio’s most popular star, “an accomplishment duplicated only by Deanna Durbin years later.” One of her earliest surviving films is Smouldering Fires (1925) directed by Clarence Brown and costarring Pauline Frederick. Her best remembered film is arguably the silent classic The Cat and the Canary (1927), although she also achieved acclaim for Skinner’s Dress Suit (1926), with… read more