Constance Worth

Constance Worth (19 August 1912 – 18 October 1963) was an Australian actress who became a Hollywood star in the late 1930s. She was born Jocelyn Howarth in Sydney, youngest daughter of banker Moffatt Howarth. She was also known in Australia as “Joy.” She attended Ascham School and a finishing school before developing a career on stage in Australia and New Zealand with J. C. Williamson Ltd. As Jocelyn Howarth, she experienced success in Ken Hall’s films The Squatter's Daughter (1933) and The Silence of Dean Maitland (1934). Cinesound paid for her to tour Australia as their rising star. Ken Hall claimed Howarth’s first screen test showed “light and shade, good diction, no accent and (that) she undoubtedly could act with no sign of the self-consciousness which almost always characterised the amateur.” In late 1933, Smith's Weekly raved enthusiastically about the young actress; "Young Joy Howarth who leapt into publicity when she became the Squatter's Daughter a few months ago, is just the big hit nowadays....” In April 1936 she sailed for the United States and Hollywood.


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