Nancy Drexel

Active - 1928 - 1932  |   Genres - Western, Action, Drama

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American silent-screen actress Nancy Drexel began her professional career as a child model and actress under the name Dorothy Kitchen. She came to the screen in 1926 supporting comics Ben Corbett and Gilbert "Pee Wee" Holmes in Universal two-reelers. Fox paid attention and cast her in a bit in Away All Flesh (1926), promising to groom her for stardom. A change of name (to the supposedly more "mature" Nancy Drexel) and loan-outs to Poverty-Row company FBO were the only results until the studio finally cast her as one of the trapeze artists in The Four Devils (1928). The circus melodrama was no Sunrise (the German expressionist director's initial Hollywood film) and did little to advance Drexel's career. Returning to the realm of B-Westerns, Drexel continued in films until the mid-1930s. She was married to a son of the late producer Thomas Ince.

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