Monsoon’s Bee ~ Silent Star

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Bee Monson was a silent film star who stopped acting in 1921.

Beatrice Susan French was born on April 11, 1900 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her father, Elmer French, owned a dry goods store. The family later moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. During World War I, she received soldiers at Fort Douglas. After her father’s death, she moved to Los Angeles with her mother, Anna. Bee was signed by Marion Con Productions in 1919 and began playing bit parts. Then she was offered a necklace with pictures of Jack White, a mermaid. The raven-haired beauty was Lady Lloyd Hamilton’s lead in the comedies April Fool and Moonshine. Her nickname was “Honey Girl”. She also played on the all-female baseball team in Hollywood. In 1921 she appeared in Western The Sheriff of Hope Eternal. This will be her last movie. The 21-year-old decided to give up acting. Bee married Edward Kenton Cleary, a salesman, in 1924. She worked for several years as a corset designer. Then she started a new career as a beautician. Tragically in 1935 her husband Edward died of tuberculosis. She continued to live a quiet life in Los Angeles. On December 31, 1967, she died at the age of sixty-seven.

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