Yvonne Shelton ~ The Impulsive Actress

Yvonne Shelton

Yvonne Shelton was a Broadway actress who married several times before dying young

She was born on June 18, 1900 in New York City. Yvonne’s parents were English and French. They sent her to Canada to get her education, but she wanted to be an actress. At the age of fifteen, she ran away from home to join the chorus of When Dreams Come True. She was then cast in The Century Girl produced by Florenz Ziegfeld. Yvonne performed eight shows a week and danced at Coconut Grove every night. In an interview she said “I love to run away, in an instant. Anywhere at all – except away.” She appeared on Broadway in Dance And Grow Thin and Miss 1917. The petite dancer was only five feet tall and weighed less than 100 pounds. Her friends called her “Vonnie”. She fell madly in love with married state senator Jimmy Walker. Yvonne made her film debut in the 1919 comedy short Wild Flowers. She also danced in the Ziegfeld Follies Midnight Frolic.

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In 1920 she had a supporting role in the film The Greatest Lover. It would be her last film. Soon after, she decided to quit show business. Her romance with Jimmy ended when he ran for mayor of New York City in 1925. She was so devastated that she had a nervous breakdown and spent several weeks in a sanatorium. Yvonne impulsively married Miguel Arango in 1928, but the marriage lasted only a few months. On December 13, 1929, she married Stanley “Buck” Woodward, a millionaire from Pennsylvania. They divorced in 1931. Her third marriage, to oil magnate Lee Malsbury, also ended in divorce. She seemed to finally find happiness when she married songwriter Robert Havey in 1939. The couple lived in Laguna Beach, California, and Yvonne got a job in a factory. Tragically, on October 5, 1945 she died suddenly at the age of forty-five Her cause of death was not revealed in the press.

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