Barbara Kent

Barbara Kent

About Barbara Kent

Barbara Kent (December 16, 1907-October 13, 2011) was a Canadian-born, American-based film actress of the 1920s and '30s. Following the death of Miriam Seegar, she was the last surviving actress to have achieved substantial fame during the silent film era as an adult. Born as Barbara Cloutman in Gadsby, Alberta, to Jullion Curtis and Lily Louise (nee Kent) Cloutman, she won the 21-year-old Miss Hollywood Pageant in 1925, the same year she graduated from Hollywood High School. She began her Hollywood career in 1925, aged 18, in a small role for Universal Studios, which signed her to a contract that year. A brunette who stood less than five feet tall, Kent became popular as a comedienne opposite such stars as Reginald Denny.

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