publicity photo of Lilian Bond, May 1931
|Died||January 25, 1991 (aged 83)|
Reseda, California, U.S.
|Sidney Smith (m.1935–div.1944)|
Morton Lowry (m.1950–div.1956)
Michael Fessier (m.1961–1988; his death)
Lilian Bond (January 18, 1908 – January 25, 1991) was an English actress based in the United States.
Bond was born in London and made her first public appearance at the age of 14 when she was in the pantomime Dick Whittington. Later she joined the chorus of Piccadilly Revels and continued on the stage when she went to the United States. Her stage activities included performing in Earl Carroll's Vanities.
She began her film career in the 1929 film No More Children. Between 1929 and 1931, she starred in nine films, most notably the 1931 western Rider of the Plains with Tom Tyler. In 1932, she was named a WAMPAS Baby Star, along with, among others, Gloria Stuart and Ginger Rogers.
From 1932 to 1953, she had roles in 39 films, some of which were uncredited, with others having her in the lead role. Bond played Gladys DuCane in The Old Dark House, a chorus girl who falls in love with Roger Penderel (played by Melvyn Douglas). Possibly her best-known film role was in the 1940 film The Westerner, in which she played Lillie Langtry. By the 1950s, her career had declined, with her having mostly TV appearances. She retired from acting at the age of 50 in 1958.
Bond was married three times, her first marriage being at the height of her career, to Sidney Smith, a broker. They were married on June 28, 1935, but "a technical legal question" led to their having a second ceremony on September 3, 1936. Each sued the other for divorce, as he charged her with mental cruelty and she charged him with extreme cruelty. The two divorced in 1944.
She also married Michael Fessier, a successful writer and producer in 1961. The two remained married until his death in 1988.