The Beautiful Madge Bellamy. Four images that I reworked and displayed in a collage format.
“I only winged him, which is what I meant to do. Believe me, I’m a crack shot”
Madge Bellamy (June 30, 1899 – January 24, 1990) was an American film actress who was a popular leading lady in the 1920s and early 1930s.
Madge Bellamy was born in Hillsboro, Texas in 1899 as Margaret Derden Philpott.
Madge Bellamy was raised in San Antonio, Texas until she was 6 years old, and the family later moved to Brownwood, Texas, where her father taught at the local college. When she was 10 years old, the Philpotts moved to Denver, Colorado. Bellamy became interested in acting even as a young girl, and she soon appeared in several plays.
She ran away to New York City at age 17, and she was soon working as an actor and dancer on Broadway. In 1918, she played the lead role in Pollyanna on Broadway and in the touring show. She appeared in Dear Brutus, Dream Girl, and Peg O’ My Heart on Broadway. In November 1920, she signed an exclusive contract with Thomas H. Ince’s newly formed Triangle film company to appear in the film called Passing Thru, which was released in the fall of 1921.
Bellamy made her film debut in 1920. After 4 years with Famous Players her contract was picked up by Fox Film Corporation. Her best known films include Love Never Dies (1921), Lorna Doone (1922), and The Iron Horse (1924).
Bellamy made a successful transition to sound film in 1928 with the hit Mother Knows Best, but after a dispute with Fox in 1929 she left the studio and could not find work again until 1932 when she began appearing in B movies.
In San Francisco in 1943, Bellamy was accused of assault with a deadly weapon for shooting (or shooting at) her wealthy lover, Stanwood Murphy. The incident generated much publicity and effectively ended her already fading career. The facts of the case remain somewhat cloudy. Shortly after the shooting, Bellamy was quoted as saying, “I only winged him, which is what I meant to do. Believe me, I’m a crack shot”.