Billie Seward (born Rita Ann Seward, October 23, 1912 – March 20, 1982) was a 1930s motion picture actress from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Rita Ann Seward
October 23, 1912
|Died||March 20, 1982 69) (aged|
|Years active||1934 - 1944|
|Spouse(s)||William Wilkerson (1935-1938)|
She obtained a contract with Columbia Pictures following a three-month stay in Hollywood. Seward starred with Richard Cromwell in the 1934 Columbia production of Among the Missing. Wallace Ford joined Seward and Cromwell in Hot News, which was eventually titled Men of the Hour (1935).
She was in three western films written by Ford Beebe in 1935. The titles are Law Beyond the Range, The Revenge Rider, and Justice of the Range. Colonel Tim McCoy, Ward Bond, and Ed LeSaint were among her fellow actors. In One Crowded Night (1940) Seward plays Gladys. This RKO film is critiqued by Bosley Crowther who called it "a routine multi-plot melodrama, Grand Hotel reduced to a tourist camp."
In 1934 Seward was linked romantically to actor Lyle Talbot. She married William Wilkerson, owner of the Trocadero (Los Angeles) and Ciro's, on September 30, 1935. Wilkerson was also the owner and publisher of The Hollywood Reporter. The couple separated in February 1937 but reconciled. Seward renewed a divorce suit against Wilkerson in March 1938, using her legal name Rita Ann Wilkerson.
Seward died in Sherman Oaks, California, in 1982. She was survived by four brothers and two sisters. Her funeral mass was conducted from St. Cyrils Church in Encino, California, and she was buried in the San Fernando Mission Cemetery.
- School For Romance (1934)
- Once to Every Woman (1934)
- Voice In The Night (1934)
- Twentieth Century (1934)
- The Hell Cat (1934)
- Plumbing For Gold (1934)
- Whom the Gods Destroy (1934)
- Blind Date (1934)
- Among The Missing (1934)
- Law Beyond the Range (1935)
- The Revenge Rider (1935)
- Men Of The Hour (1935)
- Air Hawks (1935)
- Justice of the Range (1935)
- Riding Wild (1935)
- Branded a Coward (1935)
- Trails of The Wild (1935)
- Man from Guntown (1935)
- Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1939)
- Reno (1939)
- One Crowded Night (1940)
- Li'l Abner (1940)
- No Hands on the Clock (1941)
- Jane Eyre (1944)
- Take It or Leave It (1944)
- "Death Notices". Los Angeles Times. March 23, 1982. p. SD_A2.
- "Changeable Coat Latest Novelty". Los Angeles Times. February 12, 1934. p. 8.
- Hobnobbing in Hollywood, Los Angeles Times, December 16, 1933, pg. A7.
- "Screen Notes". The New York Times. July 9, 1934. p. 18.
- "The Star: In Composite". The New York Times. May 19, 1935. p. X4.
- "The Screen". The New York Times. August 27, 1940. p. 17.
- Hobnobbing In Hollywood, Los Angeles Times, May 26, 1934, pg. 6.
- "Film Player To Be Bride". Los Angeles Times. September 29, 1935. p. 1.
- "Billie Seward Revives Suit". Los Angeles Times. March 2, 1938. p. A8.
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