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Child stage actress who began her screen career at the age of 14 and appeared in movies consistently through the silent era. The gifted Sweet is best known for her roles in the Biograph films of D.W. Griffith, for whom she played a number of often gentle and demure but also strong-willed heroines. Her two most famous Griffith films are "The Lonedale Operator" (1911), in which defends herself against thieves, and the epic Biblical spectacle, "Judith of Bethulia" (1913), in which she plays the title character who attempts to save her city by assassinating the conqueror Holofernes.
She made her film debut in 1909 and was active through 1930. Among her later features were "Anna Christie" (1923), "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" (1924), "The Sporting Venus" (1925) and "The Silver Horde" (her last, 1930). Sweet's first husband, Marshall Nielan, directed her in a number of films, including "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" (1924). Her second husband was her stage co-star, Raymond Hackett. She spent her long retirement living in New York, a major crusader for film preservation, and was interviewed frequently by film historians.
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Entered films working for D.W. Griffith
Film debut, "The Man With Three Wives"
Joined Lasky company, where she starred in films by C.B. DeMille
Starred in several talkies before retiring to pursue career in vaudeville and stock
Returned to film with bit part in "The Five Pennies"