Died at age 90 in 1986
Sweet is renowned for her energetic, independent roles, at variance with the 'ideal' Griffith type of vulnerable, often fragile, femininity. After many starring roles, her first real landmark film was the 1911 Griffith thriller "The Lonedale Operator". In 1914 Sweet was initially cast by Griffith in the part of Elsie Stoneman in his epic The Birth of a Nation but the role was eventually given to rival actress Lillian Gish, who was Sweet's senior by three years. That same year Sweet parted ways with Griffith and joined Paramount for the much higher pay that studio was able to afford.
Throughout the 1910s, Sweet continued her career appearing in a number of highly prominent roles in films and remained a publicly popular leading lady. She often starred in vehicles by Cecil B. DeMille and Marshall Neilan, and she was recognised by leading film critics of the time to be one of the foremost actresses of the entire silent era. During the early 1920s Sweet's career continued to prosper, and soon began a new career phase as one of the newly formed MGM studio's biggest stars.
As the Roaring Twenties wound down, Sweet's career faltered with the advent of talkies.
Enjoy photos and movies from her younger acting days from 1914 to 1931
"The Most Beautiful Woman In Film"
"Baby" or "The Platinum Blonde"
The Profane Angel, The Hoosier Tornado
1940s movie star
"The Love Goddess"
1950s movie star
"LuLu" or "Brooksie"
Attila the Nun, Saint Loretta
1940s iconic actress
The "It" Girl
"Billie" or "Cranberry"
1940s beautiful actress
"The British Open"
Baby Gladys, The Glad Girl
Queen of Hollywood, The Perfect Wife
The Queen of Scream
"The Peek-a-boo Girl"
Hot Toddy, The Ice Cream Blonde
1920s film comedienne and philanthropist
"The First Lady of American Cinema"
"The Fifth Warner Brother," or "The First Lady of Film"
"Hollywood's Number One party girl"
"The Pin-Up Girl" or "The Girl With the Million Dollar Legs"
"The Siren of Swindon" or "Hurricane in Mink"
"Baby" or "The Look"
"Kate" and "First Lady of Cinema"
1930s movie star
"The 'Ping' Girl"
"Queen of the B's"
The "Oomph" Girl
"The Hungarian Rhapsody"
1930s sexy wisecracker
"The Beautiful One" or "Dottie"
1930s winsome blonde
The First Lady of MGM, Queen Norma
1930s B-movie starlet
"The Cameo Girl" or "Rusty"
Queen of Ra-Ta-Taps
1930s fashion star
Queen of Warner Brothers
1930s comic cutie
1930s "nice girl" actress
1930s actress, novelist, and early aviator
1930s pale-eyed blonde
1920s silent film actress