20 Facts About Helen Twelvetrees


Helen Twelvetrees starred in Hollywood films in the sound film era from 1929 to 1939.


Helen Twelvetrees has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Helen Twelvetrees's family moved to Flatbush, where her younger brother was born.


Helen Twelvetrees attended Brooklyn Heights Seminary and then the Art Students League of New York, where she studied for a year before enrolling at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.


Helen Twelvetrees adopted her husband's surname and used it as her professional name.


However, she was signed by Pathe shortly thereafter, and along with Constance Bennett and Ann Harding, Helen Twelvetrees starred in several lachrymose dramas, not all of which were critically acclaimed.


In 1936, Helen Twelvetrees traveled to Australia to star in the Cinesound Studios production Thoroughbred, about the rise of a Melbourne Cup winning racehorse.

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Helen Twelvetrees made her final two films, Persons in Hiding and Unmarried, in 1939.


Helen Twelvetrees left film in favor of summer stock and made her Broadway debut in Jacques Deval's Boudoir in 1941.


Helen Twelvetrees continued to act occasionally, such as in the role of Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire in summer stock in Sea Cliff, New York in August 1951.


Helen Twelvetrees married her first husband, actor Clark Twelvetrees, in February 1927.


Helen Twelvetrees struck two awnings and then a parked taxi and was hospitalized for several months.


Clark Helen Twelvetrees died in August 1938 of a skull fracture after striking his head on a curb when a man, who witnessed him hitting a woman with whom he was arguing, attempted to intervene.


Helen Twelvetrees married again in April 1931 to Hollywood stuntman-turned-actor, real estate broker, and High-Sierra hunting and fishing guide Frank Woody.


Helen Twelvetrees married for a third and final time to farmer and Air Force captain Conrad Payne in 1947.


Helen Twelvetrees spent her remaining years traveling around the world with her husband, who was stationed in the US and Europe.


On February 13,1958, Helen Twelvetrees was found unconscious on the floor of her living room at her home in Middletown, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.


Helen Twelvetrees was taken to Olmstead Air Force Base Hospital in Middletown, where she died.


Helen Twelvetrees's ashes were interred in a grave in Middletown Cemetery.


The play I'm Looking for Helen Twelvetrees explores Twelvetrees' life through the eyes of an actor who saw her perform on Long Island.