Laura La Plante made her acting debut at the age of 15, and in 1923 was named as one of the years WAMPAS Baby Stars. During the 1920s she appeared in more than sixty films. Among her early film appearances were Big Town Round-
The majority of her films (i.e. from 1921 to 1931) were made for Universal Pictures. During this period she was the studio's most popular star, "an accomplishment duplicated only by Deanna Durbin years later." Her best remembered film is arguably the silent classic The Cat and the Canary (1927), although she also achieved acclaim for Skinner's Dress Suit) (1926 with Reginald Denny, the part-
The advent of 'talkies' effectively shortened her career. Only in her mid-
La Plante subsequently went to England where she appeared in several "quota quickies", including Man of the Moment (1934), with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.