|Lucille graces the cover of Picture Play: she was only 13|
|Charming Child: Lucille's beauty caught the eye of Hollywood|
The daughter of Danish immigrants, little Lucille (born Ingeborg Myrtle Elisabeth Ericksen) began earning her keep at age 4 as a model. While most actresses shave a year or two off of their actual year of birth, Lucille's parents added a year, always making her older than her real age (she was born in 1910, but was reported to be born in 1909). Her charming looks caught the attention of Hollywood and, in 1920 Lucille and her ever-watchful mama, Ingeborg,were summoned by Samuel Goldwyn for Lucille to appear in a series of short films. At age 10, Lucille was on her way.
|Lucille is featured in an advertisement for the Edgar Pomeroy serial|
|Young teen Lucille photographed by Edwin Bower Hesser|
|Lucille (second from left next to Clara Bow) with her fellow baby stars|
|A rather disturbing photo of Lucille and her older brother, Marshall.|
Please visit these sites for a more comprehensive version of Lucille Ricksen's story:
Michael G. Ankerich's Close-Ups and Long Shots: Lucille Ricksen: Sacrificed to Hollywood
Lucille's story is also covered in Michael G. Ankerich's Dangerous Curves Atop Hollywood Heels: The Lives, Careers and Misfortunes of 14 Hard-Luck Girls of the Silent Screen
Silence is Platinum
* There are some lingering rumors that Lucille died from a botched abortion with Sydney Chaplin's child, but these rumors seem to be unfounded (and nasty).