Wanda Hawley (a.k.a. Wanda Petit), (July 30, 1895 - March 18, 1963) was a veteran of the silent screen films era. She co-starred with Rudolph Valentino in the 1922's The Young Rajah, and rose to stardom in a number of Cecil B. DeMille and director Sam Wood's films.
Life and career
Hawley was born Selma Wanda Pittack
in Scranton, Pennsylvania
, but together with her family moved to Seattle, Washington
, when she was a child. She entered the theatrical profession with an amateur group in Seattle, and later toured the U.S.
as a singer. She made her screen debut with the William Fox Company
and later joined Lasky studio forces and appeared as leading lady for Douglas Fairbanks
, in Mr. Fix-it
. She has also appeared opposite William S. Hart
, Charlie Ray
, Bryant Washburn
, Wallie Reid
and others. One of her most notable screen characterizations was the symbolic role of "Beauty" in Everywoman
. With the advent of sound, Hawley's career ended.