Bessie Learn

Bessie Learn (30 August 1888 – 5 February 1987) was an American actress, who appeared in 86 films between 1911 and 1919 Elizabeth “Bessie” Learn was born in San Diego the middle of three daughters raised by Eugene and Lizzie Learn. Her father was a native of New York who served in the U.S. Army before marrying Lizzie MacBride on October 11, 1883, in Buffalo County, Nebraska. Eugene Learn was a house painter by trade and by the time of the birth of his first daughter he and Lizzie were living in California. Soon after Bessie's birth her family relocated to Chicago where her father found work as a printer. A few years later Bessie's mother died in Chicago leaving her father to care for three young daughters. Bessie Learn’s first known stage appearance came at age eight with Amelia Bingham, in "Hearts are Trumps;" playing a baby in a stroller. She later played in "The Little Princess," with Millie James , "Lover's Lane" on Broadway, with Mary Ryan and had a two year run with Edwin Arden in "Home Folks". She next appeared with Henry B.


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