Forgotten Facts About Harold Lloyd, Comedy's Secret Sinner

July 5, 2023 | Brendan Da Costa

Forgotten Facts About Harold Lloyd, Comedy's Secret Sinner

Everyone knows Charlie Chaplin, but during Hollywood’s silent film era, Harold Lloyd was one of the highest-grossing film stars around. Then somehow, it all went up in smoke. Maybe it was his horrific accident, or maybe it was his dirty little secret...

1. His Childhood Wasn’t Funny

Harold Lloyd was born in 1893 in Burchard, Nebraska to a hapless entertainer and hopeless housewife. Because of his father’s string of disastrous business failures, Lloyd didn’t inherit much from his parents except, perhaps, a flair for the comedic. Sadly, there wasn’t much room for laughter before he became famous.

B&W photo of Harold Lloyd wearing white shirt ,white jacket and tie ,looking at side and smiling - 1936Paramount Productions Inc. (film screenshot), Wikimedia Commons

2. He Chose His Father Over His Mother

Lloyd’s mother grew tired of her husband’s failed get-rich-quick schemes and decided to tear the family apart. It led to an agonizing decision. Lloyd chose to stay with his father while his brother stayed with their mother. In the midst of his parents’ divorce, Lloyd found comfort performing on the stage. 

But life soon delivered Lloyd an unexpected twist.

Photo of actor Harold Lloyd as a Shriner - 1946Kudner Agency, Inc. Wikimedia Commons

3. His Father Had A Big Accident

When Harold was still young and trying to scrape by with his father, a terrifying accident occurred. A delivery truck ran over the elder Lloyd, and for a moment everyone must have held their breath. Only, this was actually the best thing to ever happen to Harold's father: He sued and secured “a small fortune” in the settlement.

From there, things changed drastically.

Screenshot B&W - Harold Lloyd Wearing a navy suit with white hat and smiling - From A Sailor-Made Man (1921)Hal Roach Studios, A Sailor-Made Man (1921)

4. He Flipped A Coin And Changed His Life

After this windfall, Harold and his father decided they need to make a new start, and they flipped a coin to show them where to go. When it came up "tails," which mean "Go West," they dutifully packed their things and moved to California, where Harold got to work at Thomas Edison's film company. 

But if Lloyd had silver screen dreams, they didn't exactly pan out that way at the beginning.

Screenshot B&W - Harold Lloyd wearing white shirt ,looking sleepy -from Captain Kidd's Kids (1919)Hal Roach,Captain Kidd's Kids (1919)

5. He Was A Master Of Disguise

Lloyd, now in his 20s, went to see about getting work at Universal studios. When he did, he met with a disgruntled gatekeeper, a "crabby old soul" who delighted in keeping Lloyd off the property. So, to get past him, Lloyd came up with an ingenious idea. He bought a makeup kit, ducked behind a billboard, and snuck into the studios under disguise with a gaggle of extras. 

It was exactly the kind of antic that would make him famous—and that fame was about to explode. 

Screenshot B&W - Harold Lloyd wearing glasses and looking thru paper  - from The Flirt (1917)Billy Gilbert, The Flirt (1917)

6. He Had A Bromance

Long before Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, there was Harold Lloyd and Hal Roach. Much like Lloyd, Roach was a Hollywood hopeful, and he was in search of talent to direct. Together, they teamed up to make one-reel short comedies, inventing a Charlie Chaplin-inspired character called "Lonesome Luke".

Right away, audiences warmed to Lloyd’s clownish comedy act. And all that success meant he wouldn’t be lonesome for long.

Photo of  Harold Lloyd early in his career in gunny costume and hat smiling- 1917Uncredited, Wikimedia Commons

7. He Had A Leading Lady

Despite their success, early on in the “Lonesome Luke” movies Lloyd and Roach realized that something was missing: a leading lady. So, the intrepid filmmakers put out a casting call and found Lonesome Luke’s perfect match in the teenaged Bebe Daniels. Despite her youth, Daniels was a pro and the two had excellent chemistry. But there was other trouble brewing.

B&W portrait of Babe Daniels at age 24 - 1925National Photo Company, Wikimedia Commons

8. He Was Just A Cheap Chaplin

At the rate they were making the Lonesome Luke films, Lloyd started to grow tired of the character, even if audiences still wanted more. He felt that his talents were wasted on a Charlie Chaplin rip-off. There was one big problem. With the money still rolling in, Lloyd was afraid that the studio would just replace him in the role.

Hat in hand, Lloyd went to Roach to tell him he wanted out of Luke. Roach's response surprised him. 

Screenshot B&W - Harold Lloyd wearing navy suit and seating on the ground - from A Sailor-Made Man (1921)Hal Roach Studios, A Sailor-Made Man (1921)

9. He Was Always Optimistic

To his shock, when Lloyd told Roach that he wanted to do something new, Roach agreed. Accordingly, the two began to phase out Lonesome Luke, and Lloyd got to work developing a new type of comedic character. This new persona was an optimistic youth who constantly bumbled his way through hilarious situations. There was, however, a bizarre snag.

Screenshot B&W - Harold Lloyd wearing white shirt with closed eyes - from Captain Kidd's Kids (1919)Hal Roach,Captain Kidd's Kids (1919)

10. He Was Too Good-Looking

At first, no one truly believed Lloyd’s new character because Lloyd himself was just too handsome to be so hapless. Then the comic made one small change that would define his career. In true hipster fashion, he put on a pair of lensless, horn-rimmed glasses. Thus was born the character “Harold”. 

Audiences related to his optimism and fell madly in love with the new character. And so did someone else.

Screenshot B&W - Harold Lloyd wearing suit and white hat - from Number Please (1920)Hal Roach, Number Please (1920)

11. He Fell For His Co-Star

While working with Roach and Lloyd, Bebe Daniels had matured into a beautiful young lady. And even though “Luke” might have been lonesome, Lloyd was definitely not. He affectionately described Daniels as “a dark, dewy, big-eyed child” and the two sparked up a romance. It quickly caught fire.

Publicity photo of Bebe Daniels from Stars of the Photoplay - 1924Photoplay magazine, Wikimedia Commons

12. He Got A Cute Nickname

Lloyd’s new “glasses” character, Harold, struck a chord with the light-hearted youth of the early 1920s, and Bebe Daniels was the picture of flapper insouciance. Together, they were so popular that their fans knew them only as “The Boy” and “The Girl”. But they couldn’t stay innocent forever.

Screenshot B&W - Harold Lloyd wearing navy uniform and white hat laying at side - from A Sailor-Made Man (1921)Hal Roach Studios, A Sailor-Made Man (1921)

13. He Danced The Night Away

Lloyd and Daniels grabbed headlines in early Hollywood as they went all about town, entering dance competitions. Their chemistry worked just as well on the dance floor as it did on the screen...but the good times didn't last. In her heart of hearts, Daniels wanted to be a dramatic actress, and Lloyd only had laughs to offer her. It quickly turned sour.

Screenshot B&W - Harold Lloyd wearing black suit, looking sad - from Captain Kidd's Kids (1919)Hal Roach,Captain Kidd's Kids (1919)

14. He Didn’t Pay Up

As Daniels’ talents in front of the camera grew, so too did her demands. Pretty soon, she was butting heads with Lloyd and Roach about her roles in the wildly popular Harold shorts. When she decided not to perform one day because of a previous argument, the reaction was brutal. Roach simply didn't send her a pay check. 

This couldn't last forever...and it didn't.

Hal Roach, American film producer, director, and actor - 1920Anonymous photographer, Wikimedia Commons

15. His Girlfriend Left Him

According to one version of events, around this time Daniels was attending a party when famed director Cecil B DeMille came up and asked if she'd like to work for him in a dramatic role, something she had always wanted. Daniels, however, initially turned him down, saying she wouldn't pursue it until her contract with Lloyd and Roach was up in a year. 

Like clockwork, though, a year later she was gone, her relationship with Lloyd fizzling in her absence. Simple story, right? Only, the truth is much more complicated.

Screenshot B&W - Harold Lloyd wearing black suit and grey hat, holding a glass - from Number Please (1920)Hal Roach, Number Please (1920)

16. He Had Trouble In Paradise 

Film historians have noted that this turn of events, where Daniels was loyal to Lloyd and only went to DeMille when her contract is up, seems a little too good to be true, especially given the previous tensions on set. They suggest a darker story. They believe that Daniels and Lloyd were in the process of breaking up before she left, making her exit that much quicker.

And why they broke up is eye-opening.

Harold Lloyd wearing black suit - Lobby card for the 1920 film Number Please.  - 1920Hal Roach/Pathe, Wikimedia Commons

17. He Had Bad Taste In Women 

Of course, it's perfectly possible that Lloyd and Daniels' romance just ran its course. But some believe that Lloyd, who preferred his women to look and act like "big-eyed" dolls, was starting to get a little tired of and intimidated by Daniels' ambitions and her self-confidence. Yeah, yuck. But, well, karma was coming. 

Screenshot B&W - Harold Lloyd wearing black suit and black bow tie - from Captain Kidd's Kids (1919)Hal Roach,Captain Kidd's Kids (1919)

18. His Stunts Caught Up With Him

Lloyd, full of his own ambitions, insisted on doing many of his stunts himself—even the most dangerous ones. For years, he had avoided injury and defied death on every one of his film sets. In late August of 1919, however, when he was posing for some photographs, his perilous lifestyle caught up with him.

Screenshot B&W - Harold Lloyd looking surprised on the street - from Number Please (1920)Hal Roach, Number Please (1920)

19. He Was Explosive

While posing for promotional photographs at the Witzel Photography Studio in Los Angeles, Lloyd made a nearly fatal mistake. With his dominant right hand, he picked up what he thought was just a prop explosive and lit the fuse. As the comedian continued posing for the camera, the fuse continued burning down until… “Boom!”

When the dust settled, no one could believe the result. 

Screenshot B&W - Harold Lloyd wearing  shirt and hat and smiling to the camera - from The Kid Brother (1927)Ted Wilde , The Kid Brother (1927)

20. He Lit Himself On Fire

As it turns out, the “prop” was no prop at all. The explosive detonated right as Lloyd was holding it up near his face. Stunned by the unexpected blast, Lloyd soon realized he sustained burns to his face and chest, and had injured his eye so badly that he was temporarily blind. Unfortunately, that was far from all. 

Screenshot B&W - Harold Lloyd looking at side - from Number Please (1920)Hal Roach, Number Please (1920)

21. He Lost His Hand

This hadn't even been a real stunt—it was only a photo session, after all—and yet its consequences were terrifying. In addition to the burns and eye injury, the accident blew off Lloyd's right index finger and his thumb.

The blast had been so big, in fact, it’s a miracle that Lloyd survived at all. Both the photographer and prop director, standing a little ways back, even sustained serious injuries. Now Lloyd had to deal with the fallout. 

Screenshot B&W - Harold Lloyd wearing white shirt and Head-Bandage - from Captain Kidd's Kids (1919)Hal Roach,Captain Kidd's Kids (1919)

22. He Thought His Career Was Over

In the immediate hours and days following the mishap, Lloyd’s future hung in the balance. There was a good chance that this one unexpected and unpredictable accident would end his still-growing acting career. “I thought I would surely be so disabled that I would never be able to work again,” he recalled. However, he received encouragement from a surprising place.

Screenshot B&W - Harold Lloyd wearing navy suit laying on the floor with someone's foot on his head  - from A Sailor-Made Man (1921)Hal Roach Studios, A Sailor-Made Man (1921)

23. He Got A Heartwarming Card

In the wake of Lloyd's accident at the studio, he got a "Get Well" card in the mail. The contents were heartwarming. It was from his old co-star and lover Bebe Daniels, and she had addressed it to "The Boy" and signed it "The Girl". Perhaps this gave Lloyd the courage he needed, because he came up with a solution to his woes.

Actress Bebe Daniels wearing dress and hat in her suite at a converted house on the Realart Studio lot in Hollywood - 1921Unknown photographer , Wikimedia Commons

24. He Had A Special Glove

Lloyd had always been something of a master of makeup and disguise, and he now had to do the same with his halfway blown-off hand. For the rest of his career, Lloyd appeared on screen with a skin-colored prosthetic glove that recreated his index finger, thumb, and partial palm. But then he made double sure no one would know his secret.

Screenshot B&W - Harold Lloyd wearing gloves and smiling  - from A Sailor-Made Man (1921)Hal Roach Studios, A Sailor-Made Man (1921)

25. He Had A Good Side

After 1919, Lloyd was always careful when making films and posing for pictures. Oftentimes, he would conceal his right hand behind his back and make prominent use of his left hand. And when he posed for pictures, he always made sure that camera caught his left side—his good side. 

With his career back on track, he was just missing one thing.

Screenshot B&W - Harold Lloyd painting on the canvas outside  - from A Sailor-Made Man (1921)Hal Roach Studios, A Sailor-Made Man (1921)

26. He Found A New Leading Lady

After Daniels’ sudden departure, Lloyd was in the market for a new leading lady to act alongside him in his comedies. Playing the role of the casting director, Roach suggested that Lloyd check out the films of the little-known actress Mildred Davis. Lloyd's reaction was...very telling. 

Portrait of American actress Mildred Davis by Fred Hartsook - 1922Fred Hartsook , Wikimedia Commons

27. He Liked Dolls

Not only did Lloyd think Davis would be perfect as his new co-star, he was also extremely attracted to her. His reasons, however, were more than a bit creepy. According to Lloyd, he liked Davis because she looked like a “a big French doll”. Yes, Lloyd liked big-eyed, innocent-looking beauties, and they quickly started a romance. They started a lot more, too.

B&W photo of Mildred Davis holding a dog in her hands ,looking at camera - 1921Bain News Service, publisher ,Wikimedia Commons

28. He Was More Popular Than Ever

Lloyd and Davis picked up right where Lloyd and Daniels had left off. The new “Boy” and “Girl” duo appeared in more than a dozen Harold shorts accompanied, of course, by Lloyd’s awkward prosthetic. But the changes did nothing to dampen Lloyd’s popularity, and his career took off to new heights. So did his personal life.

Comedian Harold Lloyd in navy suit and Mildred Davis in black and white sweater - from A Sailor-Made Man -1920Orange County Archives from Orange County, California, United States of America, CC BY 2.0 Wikimedia Commons

29. He Married His Co-Star

In 1923, Lloyd and Davis tied the knot, becoming one of the only Hollywood couples to remain married for life. They went on to have three children together, two girls and a boy. Yes, it all sounds like a fairy tale on the outside...but on the inside, it was a stifling nightmare.

American movie actor Harold Lloyd and his wife Mildred Davis smiling on the street - 1925National Photo Company, Wikimedia Commons

30. He Forced His Wife To Stay Home

By the time Lloyd married Davis, they had starred in 15 popular films together. But the minute they married, he made a huge demand. He insisted that Davis retire from acting so that she could be a better homemaker for him. Like I said: He liked dolls, and he liked them on the shelf. This had a heartbreaking end.

Mildred Davis and Harold Lloyd looking at each other at kitchen - from film I Do (1921)Pathé Exchange, Wikimedia Commons

31. He Ruined Her Career

In her heart, Davis always wanted to return to the screen, but Lloyd always refused to let her. After years of bickering and pleading, Lloyd finally relented and allowed his wife to appear in the 1927 film Too Many Crooks. By then, however, it was too late. Davis’ star had faded, and she never again appeared in another film. 

Harold Lloyd and Mildred Davis out from the windows in Never Weaken - 1921.Exhibitor's Trade Review, Wikimedia Commons

32. He Put Safety Last!

Even after the explosive accident that claimed most of his right hand, Lloyd insisted on doing most of his stunts himself, whatever the consequences might be. That was perhaps most apparent on the set of the appropriately named 1923 film Safety Last!, now his most famous film.

In it, Lloyd risked life and limb again for one iconic shot in Hollywood history.

Harold Lloyd in Never Weaken, Exhibitor's Trade Review, October 8, 1921.Exhibitor's Trade Review,Wikimedia Commons

33. He Was Hanging On For Dear Life

The image of Lloyd hanging precariously from a clock face high above the ground has become a defining image of the silent era. And thank goodness there was no sound, because Lloyd was probably screaming his head off. Although they used a bit of trick angle and a facade to get the shot, Lloyd still had to hang precariously.

To help with any accidents, the film’s crew set up a mattress on a small platform between Lloyd and the ground. They soon found out, though, that this wasn't nearly good enough.

Harold Lloyd in Never Weaken, Exhibitor's Trade Review, October 8, 1921.Exhibitor's Trade Review,Wikimedia Commons

34. He Could Have Hit The Pavement

Prior to filming the scene, Lloyd decided to test the safety setup. With great anticipation, he threw a dummy from the rooftop onto the mattress. The results were horrifying. Instead of landing safely there, the dummy simply bounced off the mattress and fell to its doom on the street below.

 Fortunately, Lloyd managed to hold on with all eight of his good fingers long enough to get the shot. Or...did he?

Harold Lloyd in grey suit in Never Weaken, Exhibitor's Trade Review, October 8, 1921.Exhibitor's Trade Review,Wikimedia Commons

35. He Tricked Audiences For Years

Lloyd’s stunts were definitely impressive. But, as it turns out, he had some help along the way. In the 1980s, decades after the film came out, a stuntman came forward with a shocking revelation. While the opening titles to Safety Last! often proclaimed that Lloyd did all his own stunts in the film, this wasn't strictly true.

The stuntman confessed that for many of the long-distance shots, it was him, not Lloyd, climbing up the building in Safety Last!. But this wasn't the only part of Lloyd's legacy that was about to take a hit.

Harold Lloyd hanging from a side in advertisement for the American comedy film Safety Last! - 1923Pathé Exchange / Pathécomedy, Wikimedia Commons

36. He Built His Own Castle

In the mid-1920s, everything was going Lloyd’s way. He had his wife Mildred and more fame than he could handle. All that was missing was his own castle. So, he built one. In 1929, Lloyd and Davis moved in to Greenacres, a sprawling 15-acre Beverly Hills estate. 

The property became a favorite hangout for Hollywood’s most elite, as well as a repository for Lloyd's personal collection of his films. And then came one of the most infamous events of the 20th century. 

Harold Lloyd with Mildred Davis in A Sailor-Made Man - 1921Exhibitor's Trade Review, Wikimedia Commons

37. He Fell Into A Great Depression

Just when it seemed like everything was coming up Harold Lloyd, his fortunes took a turn for the worse. With the onset of the Great Depression, Lloyd’s carefree and optimistic comedies lost their resonance with moviegoing audiences. Slowly, his once bright star began to diminish...and so did his personal life.

Screenshot B&W - Harold Lloyd  with head over his hand looking sad - from Number Please (1920)Hal Roach, Number Please (1920)

38. His Legacy Went Up In Flames

In 1943, Lloyd's whole life went up in flames. Quite literally. One day, the immense catalogue of films Lloyd kept in his personal vault at Greenacres suddenly caught fire.The ensuing inferno threatened to destroy millions of dollars worth of film and a significant portion of Lloyd’s legacy. Lloyd's reaction was reckless.

Screenshot B&W - Harold Lloyd looking upset on black background - from Number Please (1920)Hal Roach, Number Please (1920)

39. He Nearly Killed Himself

In an attempt to put out the blaze and save his movies, Lloyd rushed to the film vault doors. However, the nitrates from the film reels created a toxic gas that overwhelmed seven firemen, and threatened to engulf the now middle-aged comedian completely. In front of his vault doors, he lost consciousness.  

Photo of Harold Lloyd smiling and Mildred Davis holding a paper and looking at him - Still from the American comedy film Safety Last! (1923).University of Washington, Wikimedia Commons

40. His Wife Saved His Life

In the heat of the moment—pun intended—Lloyd's wife Mildred Davis rushed to his aid. She pulled the unconscious Lloyd away from the inferno before it could destroy him. Sadly, while she managed to save Lloyd, she was unable to save the films, and many of his reels went up in smoke that day.

Harold Lloyd and Mildred Davis - Still from the American comedy film Dr. Jack (1922).University of Washington, Wikimedia Commons

41. He Came Out Of Retirement

Lloyd had more or less retired from the filmmaking business in the midst of the Great Depression, so everyone was surprised in 1947 when he agreed to appear in The Sin of Harold Diddlebock, a loose homage to his Jazz Era acting career. Except it was a disaster from the word "go".

Harold Lloyd in The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947)film screenshot (United Artists), Wikimedia Commons

42. He Was A Diva On Set

From the very beginning, Lloyd butted heads with the film’s director, Preston Sturges. The two had intense disagreements over the script, which Lloyd thought Sturges had rushed through production. But creative differences between himself and the film’s director were the least of his concerns.The film nearly cost him the rest of his right hand.

Harold Lloyd talking to Arline Judge in The Sin of Harold Diddlebock - 1921film screenshot (United Artists), Wikimedia Commons

43. A Lion Bit Him

In one of the scenes, Lloyd’s character is meant to pet a lion named Jackie. While it would have been reasonable for Lloyd to ask for a stunt double, in true daredevil fashion, he opted to do the scene himself. But, in his retirement, he had clearly “lost his touch”. 

When he went in to pet the lion, it snapped at him, biting his right hand. Everyone waited breathlessly to survey the damage.

Mildred Davis, Harold Lloyd in a scene still for the American comedy film Among Those Present (1921).Pathé Exchange, Wikimedia Commons

44. He Refused To Do More Stunts

Thankfully, Lloyd's previous accident with the "prop" bomb was actually what saved him this time. When the lion snapped at the veteran actor, it only managed to graze his prosthetic fingers. It was enough to scare him to his core, though: Lloyd refused to pet the lion again on- or off-screen, and his terror of the animal throughout the film was real.

Yet when it was time for the film to come out, Lloyd realized his troubles had only just begun. 

Harold, Mildred, and Gloria Lloyd seating on the sofa in the house and looking at camera - 1929photographer credited as L.F. Nathan, Wikimedia Commons

45. He Hated Howard Hughes

Audiences met Lloyd’s emergence from retirement with a collective shrug, and The Sin of Harold Diddlebock was a flop, leading its producer Howard Hughes to quickly shelve it. Then he added insult to injury. In 1951, Hughes released a greatly edited version of the film, now called Mad Wednesday. When Lloyd found out, he went on the attack.

Portrait of Howard Hughes wearing black suit looking down - 1938Anonymous-Unknown author, Wikimedia Commons

46. He Sued His Producer 

Lloyd was used to being a cinema darling just for being himself, and he did not take kindly to the idea that anything he'd done needed significant edits. He was so angry, he sued Hughes for the damage this caused to his reputation "as an outstanding motion picture star and personality". 

Lloyd eventually accepted a $30,000 settlement. However, he should have been more concerned about the damage he was doing at home.

Screenshot B&W - Harold Lloyd talking on the telephone  - from Number Please (1920)Hal Roach, Number Please (1920)

47. His Son Needed His Approval

For the Lloyd family, Greenacres became a place of secrets. One of the biggest secrets contained within the seemingly peaceful grounds was the romantic life of his only son, Harold Lloyd Jr, who was gay. According to author Tom Dardis, Lloyd Sr was relatively accepting of his son's preferences, though he did blame himself, feeling his long absences as a father contributed to the boy's sexuality. But that wasn't all.

Screenshot B&W - Harold Lloyd seating on the chair and looking sad - from The Kid Brother (1927)Ted Wilde , The Kid Brother (1927)

48. He Lost His Son

Lloyd Jr struggled with his bedroom tastes his entire life, and this wasn't helped by the younger man's penchant for choosing particularly violent lovers. Reportedly, it wasn't an uncommon scene for Lloyd Jr to stumble into Greenacres “battered and bruised” from his latest love. Sadly, he got no happy ending.

Ultimately, a severe stroke in 1965 hobbled Lloyd Jr for the rest of his life, leaving his father to pick up the pieces. Still, there were more secrets.

Harold Lloyd wearing  black suit and hat looking sad - Number Please lobby card - 1920Hal Roach/Pathe, Wikimedia Commons

49. He Carried On A Secret Life

Even though they remained “happily” married for decades, Harold Lloyd and Mildred Davis led a different life behind the closed doors of Greenacres. Years after they passed, family members confessed the dark truth. They revealed that Lloyd had carried on numerous affairs throughout their marriage. 

The tabloids likely never got the details because Davis never spilled the beans, standing by her man. Then again, Lloyd had an even more scandalous obsession—one few knew about.

Close up portrait of Mildred Davis & Harold Lloyd looking at camera - 1926Strauss-Patton (photograph), Wikimedia Commons

50. He Was A Dirty Old Man

After his semi-retirement, Lloyd took up a dirty new hobby: He liked to photograph famous women, often without their clothes, using 3-D technology. Yes, it's as sleazy as it sounds.

While he did it under the auspices of art, Lloyd still took thousands of risque, pop-out photographs of the curves of thousands of beautiful women, among them Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield, for his personal collection. The New York Times called his work "cheesecake frosted in come-hither". 

Marilyn Monroe putting handprints in wet concrete at Chinese Theater in Los Angeles - 1953Los Angeles Times, CC BY 4.0 , Wikimedia Commons

51. He Lost It All Quickly

Much like his film career, Lloyd’s personal life and legacy came to an abrupt and unceremonious end. Certainly not one befitting a star of his magnitude. In August 1969, his wife Davis passed the age of 68. Just two short years later, Lloyd also passed, followed by his son just months after that.

Mildred Davis and Harold Lloyd in a scene still for the 1921 silent comedy Among Those Present.- 1921Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research, Wikimedia Commons

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