Diane Ellis

Diane Ellis (December 20, 1909 – December 15, 1930) was an American actress.

Diane Ellis
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From a 1929 magazine
Born(1909-12-20)December 20, 1909
DiedDecember 15, 1930(1930-12-15) (aged 20)
Years active1927–1930


A native of Los Angeles, California, Ellis worked as a secretary for the Film Research Bureau before being cast in the first of the 10 films in her brief acting career. In 1927, she made her movie debut for Fox Film Corporation, credited as Dione Ellis, in Is Zat So?.[citation needed]

The performance was followed the same year by a co-starring role opposite Louise Fazenda in Cradle Snatchers. Ellis then played the romantic lead in a Western opposite Buck Jones in Chain Lightning (1927); and after appearing in four other films, she was cast in a supporting role in Happiness Ahead (1928), a high-profile release that starred the popular actresses Colleen Moore and Lilyan Tashman.[citation needed]

Ellis's next-to-last film, High Voltage (1929), was a box-office success and was her first full talking picture. That film is also notable as Carole Lombard's first "talkie" as well.[1] Ellis's final acting appearance was in Laughter (1930), which was the biggest role of her career, featuring her in a romantic triangle along with Fredric March and Nancy Carroll. Laughter won critical acclaim, and March later cited it as one of his favorites films.[2]

On October 14, 1930, Ellis married Stephen Caldwell Millett, Jr., in Paris, France. Just two months later, during the couple's extended honeymoon in India, she fell ill with an infection and died in Madras (now Chennai).[3]



  1. ^ Ott, Frederick W. The Films of Carole Lombard. Secaucus, New Jersey: Citadel Press, 1972. ISBN 0-8065-0278-9.
  2. ^ Quirk, Lawrence J. The Films of Fredric March. New York: Citadel Press, 1974. ISBN 0-8065-0413-7.
  3. ^ Former Diane Ellis, Film Star, Dies in India, Detroit Free Press (Detroit, Michigan) Tuesday, December 16, 1930, page 16, accessed on Newspapers.com  

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