- One of the biggest stars of early Hollywood, appearing in both silent films and the first talkies; became particularly well-known for her on-screen chemistry with frequent romantic lead Charles Farrell.
- Awarded the very first Best Actress Oscar, for cumulative work in 1927 and 1928.
- Retired in 1939 around the time of her marriage to her second husband, Hollywood costume designer Gilbert Adrian, with whom she bought a ranch in Brazil.
- Returned to acting for one more film, 1957's Bernadine.
- Had a role in the 1980 Broadway production of Harold and Maude.
- An artist, her paintings were once exhibited in a New York gallery.
- Her 1984 death was attributed to injuries she'd sustained two years earlier in a taxi accident; the crash also injured her fellow passengers, including actor Mary Martin.
- 1928, Oscar — Best Actress: Winner
- 1937, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
- Lydell Peck — Ex-husband
- Gilbert Adrian — Husband (deceased)
- Paul Gregory — Husband
- Frank Gainor — Father
- Helen Gainor — Sister
- Harry C. Jones — Stepfather
- Laura Buhl — Mother
- Attended Hollywood Secretarial School, Los Angeles, CA
- Birth Name: Laura Augusta Gainor
- Birth Place: Philadelphia, PA
- Died: September 14, 1984
- Profession: Actor
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