Constance Binney

Constance Binney (June 28, 1896 November 15, 1989) was an American stage and film actress and dancer.

Constance Binney
Born(1896-06-28)June 28, 1896
New York City, New York, U.S
DiedNovember 15, 1989(1989-11-15) (aged 93)
OccupationStage, film actress
Spouse(s)Leonard Cheshire (later Baron Cheshire of Woodhall) 1941-1951


Born in New York City, Binney was educated at Westover School, a private college preparatory boarding school for girls in Middlebury, Connecticut, and in Paris, France. She made her Broadway theatre debut in Saturday to Monday (1917)[1] and the following year appeared with her actress sister, Faire Binney (1898–1957), in the Maurice Tourneur silent film, Sporting Life, her film debut.[2] In 1919, she starred opposite John Barrymore in The Test of Honor. Her other Broadway credits included Oh, Lady! Lady! (1918), 39 East (1919), and Sweet Little Devil (1924).[1]

Although Binney left the film business in 1923, her contribution to the industry was recognized with a motion pictures star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6301 Hollywood Boulevard.[3] Modern assessment of her career is limited as most of her films are now lost, with only two of her films surviving in a complete form, Erstwhile Susan and The Case of Becky, along with a single reel of First Love.[4]

Binney married Charles Edward Cotting, Jr, an investment banker, in Boston in 1926. They divorced in 1932.

Binney last performed on Broadway in 1924. She appeared on stage in London and in 1941, during the Second World War, married the British war hero, Geoffrey Leonard Cheshire, who was twenty-one years her junior. However, this marriage was childless and the couple were estranged after the war ended, divorcing in 1951.[5]

Binney died in 1989 in Whitestone, Queens, New York City, aged 93.



  1. "Constance Binney". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 29 August 2019. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  2. "Popular New Screen Star Says 'Three' Has Always Treated Her Very Nicely". The Ottawa Citizen. Canada, Ottawa, Ontario. March 13, 1920. p. 13. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  3. "Hollywood Walk of Fame - Constance Binney". Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  4. Slide, Anthony (2010). "Constance Binney". Silent Players: A Biographical and Autobiographical Study of 100 Silent Film Actors and Actresses. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 0-8131-2249-X.
  5. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Volume 11. Oxford University Press. 2004. p. 321. ISBN 0-19-861361-X.Article on Leonard Cheshire by Christopher Foxley-Norris.
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