Family & Companions
Lillian Roth was an actress who had a successful Hollywood career. She appeared in small parts in films: she and her sister played Constance and Norma Talmadge as children; she also portrayed General Pershing's daughter in "Pershing's Crusade." In 1928, she appeared in Texas Guinan's revue and "Earl Carroll's Vanities." In 1916, she moved to New York (43rd Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues) from Boston. She had the ingenue lead in the first Ziegfeld show, "Midnight Frolics." Roth started her acting career landing roles in such films as "Illusion" (1929), "The Love Parade" (1929) and "Animal Crackers" (1930) with Groucho Marx. She also appeared in the musical comedy "Madam Satan" (1930) with Kay Johnson. She continued to work steadily in film throughout the thirties, appearing in "Paramount on Parade" (1930) with Iris Adrian, "Sea Legs" (1930) and the adaptation "The Vagabond King" (1930) with Dennis King. She also appeared in "Ladies They Talk About" (1933). Toward the end of her career, she tackled roles in the adaptation "Take a Chance" (1933) with James Dunn and the Linda Miller horror film "Communion" (1978). Roth last acted in the Ruth Gordon drama "Boardwalk" (1979). Roth's husband was Benjamin Shalleck. Roth passed away in May 1980 at the age of 70.
Cast (Feature Film)
Moved to New York (43rd Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues) from Boston
First assignment in show business: at age five posed as Educational Pictures' screen trademark, a living statue holding a lamp of knowledge
Worked as an extra with her sister and mother at Sam Goldwyn Studios in Fort Lee, New Jersey
Broadway debut in "The Inner Man"; earned $1,500 per week (date approximate)
First time name in lights for Broadway revue, "Shavings"; billed as "Broadway's Youngest Star"
First adult singing role in Chicago company of Shubert's risque "Artists and Models" revue (date approximate)
Introduced the songs "When the Red Red Robin Comes Bob Bob Bobbin' Along" and "Ain't She Sweet" on the vaudeville circuit
Appeared in Texas Guinan's revue and "Earl Carroll's Vanities"