Jeanne Eagles was born in 1890 in Kansas City,Missouri (into an impoverished family of eight).She likely stopped going to school when she was 11 years old.She married when she was in her teens.She probably (???)had a child with her husband.Eliminating her past,the seasoned actress presented herself as an ingénue rather than as a divorced woman and mother of a dead infant.She also adopted an English accent.She started on Broadway as a chorus girl,and was a Ziegfield girl. Beginning in 1916,she worked days in movies and nights on the stage.Suffering from fatigue and insomnia,she sought treatment and might have dabbled in drugs during the period.She had developed a reputation as a temperamental actress who was a hard drinker.She died in 1929.3 different conclusions as to the cause of her death,which was variously attributed as an overdose of alcohol,the tranquilizer chloral hydrate and heroin in the successive autopsy reports.All three substances might have been in her system when she died.
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