Lucille Ricksen was a proficient youngster star who was sexualized and overworked till her early loss of life.
She was born Ingeborg Myrtle Elizabeth Erickson on August 22, 1910, in Chicago, Illinois. Her dad and mom, Samuel and Ingeborg, have been each born in Denmark. Lucille labored a toddler mannequin and made her movie debut on the age of 5 in The Millionaire Child. After her dad and mom divorced in 1917 her mom introduced her to Hollywood. The cute ten yr outdated was provided a contract with Samuel Goldwyn in 1920. She starred within the in style movie sequence The Adventures and Feelings of Edgar Pomeroy. Lucile usually needed to work lengthy hours however she all the time mentioned she was having enjoyable. Her youthful brother Marshall Ricksen additionally turned an actor. In 1922 she costarred with Marie Prevost in The Married Flapper and with Colleen Moore in Forsaking All Others. The next yr she was given a starring position within the drama The Rendevous. The film was directed by Marshall Neilan who turned shut associates with Lucille although she was solely twelve years outdated.
Lucille posed semi-nude when she was a toddler
The studio lied about her age and advised the press she was truly sixteen. Additionally they made her pose for sexually suggestive and semi-nude images. Then she started a romance with thirty-eight yr outdated Syd Chaplin (brother of Charlie Chaplin). There have been even rumors that the 2 had gotten married. Her mom authorized of those inappropriate relationships with older males as a result of she thought it will assist her profession. When Lucille acquired pregnant she was compelled to have an abortion. She turned certainly one of Hollywood’s busiest starlets and was chosen as one of many WAMPAS Child Stars of 1924. The press referred to as her “the youngest main girl in films”. She had 9 movies launched in 1924 together with Self-importance’s Value, The Galloping Fish, and The Valley Of The Wolf. Sadly the overworked teenager was affected by exhaustion and malnutrition.
With Marshall Neilan
She was recognized with tuberculosis and by the Summer season of 1924 she had change into bedridden. Lucille’s mom saved a bedside vigil however the stress brought on her to have a deadly coronary heart assault in February of 1925. Following her mom’s loss of life Lucille was cared for by household associates together with actress Lois Wilson. Throughout certainly one of her aware moments she mentioned “Mom would not need me – die – Mom mentioned – Fantastic future – Going to do huge issues – Will not die! I will not!” Sadly on March 13, 1925 she handed away from pulmonary tuberculosis. Lucille was solely fourteen years outdated. Newspaper articles about her loss of life claimed she was seventeen and had died from anemia. There have been additionally rumors that her loss of life had truly been brought on by a botched abortion. Lucille was cremated and she or he was buried along with her mom at Forest Garden in Glendale, California. Her last movie, The Denial, got here out ten days after she died.