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Lina Basquette
(same as Lena Baskette and Lena Basquette)

Born 19 April 1907 in San Mateo, California, USA, as Lena Copeland Baskette.
Died 30 September 1994 at her home in Wheeling, West Virginia, USA, of lymphoma.

Daughter of Frank Baskette and Gladys (Baskette).
Half-sister of dancer Marge Champion.

Married executive Sam Warner; daughter Lita Warner, born 1926; until Sam’s death, October 1927.
Married cinematographer J. Peverell Marley; divorced.
Married actor Ray Hallam; until Ray’s death, 1931.
Married boxing trainer Theodore Hayes, December 1931 (marriage invalidated), remarried 1933;
son Edward Alvin Hayes, born 1934; divorced 1935.
Married actor Henry Mollison; divorced.
Married Warner Gilmore; divorced.
Married Frank Mancuso, 1959; divorced.

Lena Baskette began film work in 1916 at the age of nine for The Universal Film Manufacturing Company, Incorporated (1916-1917). Lena made only two other films in 1919 and 1922 before she joined the Ziegfield Follies in 1923, which led to her professional name change to Lina Basquette. Her marriage to film executive Sam Warner meant temporary retirement from work, but her decision to return to motion picture acting predated Warner’s death since Ranger of the North (1927) was released only four days after his passing.

Lina appeared in silent era film productions by Robertson-Cole Pictures Corporation (1927), Cecil B. DeMille Productions (1928), First National Pictures, Incorporated (1928), Pathé Exchange, Incorporated (1928), Columbia Pictures Corporation (1929), and Universal Pictures Corporation (1929).

References: MoPicAlmanac-1929 p. 11, 14 : Website-IMDb.

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