Constance Binney

Constance Binney (June 28, 1896 – November 15, 1989) was an American stage and film actress and dancer.

Constance Binney
Constance Binney photop120.jpg
Born(1896-06-28)June 28, 1896
New York City, U.S.
DiedNovember 15, 1989(1989-11-15) (aged 93)
New York City, U.S.
Charles Edward Cotting, Jr.
(m. 1926; div. 1932)
(m. 1941; div. 1951)


Born in New York City, Binney was educated at Westover School, a private college preparatory boarding school for girls in Middlebury, Connecticut, and in Paris, France.[1] She made her Broadway theatre debut in Saturday to Monday (1917)[2] and the following year appeared with her actress sister, Faire Binney (1898–1957), in the Maurice Tourneur silent film, Sporting Life, her film debut.[3] In 1919, she starred opposite John Barrymore in The Test of Honor.[citation needed] Her other Broadway credits included Oh, Lady! Lady! (1918), 39 East (1919), and Sweet Little Devil (1924).[2]

Modern assessment of her career is limited as most of her films are now lost, with only two of her films surviving in a complete form, Erstwhile Susan and The Case of Becky, along with a single reel of First Love.[4]

Binney married Charles Edward Cotting, Jr, an investment banker, in Boston in 1926. They divorced in 1932.

Binney last performed on Broadway in 1924. She appeared on stage in London and in 1941, during the Second World War, married the British war hero, Geoffrey Leonard Cheshire, who was twenty-one years her junior. However, this marriage was childless and the couple were estranged after the war ended, divorcing in 1951.[5]


Binney died in 1989 in Whitestone, Queens, New York City, aged 93.


Binney has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located on the 6300 block of Hollywood Boulevard.[6]


Film poster
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1918 The Sporting Life Norah Cavanagh [7]
1919 The Test of Honor Juliett Hollis [7]
1919 Erstwhile Susan Barnabetta Dreary [7]
1919 The Stolen Kiss Felicia Day / Octavia, her Mother [7]
1920 39 East Penelope Penn [7]
1920 Something Different Alice Lea [7]
1921 The Magic Cup Mary Malloy [7]
1921 Such a Little Queen Anne Victoria Gzbfernigambia [7]
1921 Room and Board Lady Noreen [7]
1921 The Case of Becky Dorothy Stone [7]
1921 First Love Kathleen O'Donnell [7]
1922 Midnight Edna Morris [7]
1922 The Sleepwalker Doris Dumond [7]
1922 A Bill of Divorcement Sidney Fairfield [8]
1923 Three O'Clock in the Morning Elizabeth Winthrop [7]


  1. ^ (Chicago), Photoplay (1924). "Stars of the Photoplay".
  2. ^ a b "Constance Binney". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on August 28, 2019. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  3. ^ "Popular New Screen Star Says 'Three' Has Always Treated Her Very Nicely". The Ottawa Citizen. Canada, Ottawa, Ontario. March 13, 1920. p. 13. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  4. ^ Slide, Anthony (2010). "Constance Binney". Silent Players: A Biographical and Autobiographical Study of 100 Silent Film Actors and Actresses. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 978-0-8131-2249-6. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Volume 11. Oxford University Press. 2004. p. 321. ISBN 0-19-861361-X.Article on Leonard Cheshire by Christopher Foxley-Norris.
  6. ^ Pierce, Tony (June 9, 2010). "Constance Binney". Los Angeles Times. Hollywood Star Walk. Los Angeles, California. Archived from the original on January 28, 2020.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Constance Binney Filmography". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. Los Angeles, California: American Film Institute. Archived from the original on January 28, 2020.
  8. ^ "A Bill of Divorcement". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on January 28, 2020.

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