Myrtle Lind (Bathing Beauty)


Myrtle Lind was born on September 2, 1898 in Mankato, Minnesota. She attended dramatic school and appeared in some plays before moving to Hollywood. In 1916 she started her film career at the Mack Sennett studios. Myrtle appeared in numerous comedy shorts and became one of Sennett's famous bathing beauties. One magazine writer said "Myrtle has the face of an angel and the composure of a Scotch preacher". She worked with Ben Turpin No Mother To Guide Him and with Ford Sterling in A Maiden's Trust. At the Sennett studio Myrtle developed a reputation for being difficult. She was fired several times but was always hired back. Her first starring role was in the 1918 drama Nancy Comes Home.


In February of 1920 she married broker Frank A. Gessell. Unfortunately Frank cheated on her and she left him just two months after the wedding. Although she appeared in more than thirty films Myrtle never became a major star. She married William Coleman in 1922 and decided to retire from acting. Her final film was Forget Me Not with Bessie Love. In December of 1923 Myrtle gave birth to a daughter named Jean. She divorced her husband and married Harold S. Stevenson in 1929. The couple lived in Atlanta, Georgia and later moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. They remained together until Harold's death in 1970. Myrtle spent her final years living quietly in Florida. She died on October 12, 1993 at the age of ninety-five. Myrtle was buried next to her husband in Gaffney, South Carolina.

                                                                                               With Ben Turpin