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Who Was Harold Lloyd?

A small modest wood frame house became the humble birthplace of Harold Clayton Lloyd on a Nebraska springtime Thursday of April 20, 1893.

His parents were James Darsie Lloyd (nicknamed "Foxy") and Elizabeth "Lizzie" (Fraser) Lloyd.  Harold's brother, Gaylord, was nearly five years old at that very time there in the little town of Burchard located in the northwest quadrant of Pawnee County.

During Harold's early years, the Lloyd family resided at nearby towns of Burchard, Humboldt, Pawnee City and Beatrice.  Later they lived at Omaha before staying a while in Colorado at Denver and Durango.  When Harold was 17 years old, his parents' marriage ended via divorce.

Harold Lloyd Clock

Harold Lloyd hanging around with time on his hands.

Harold started out to become a stage actor in 1905 at Omaha, and then eight years later, in 1913, he began a movie career in San Diego, CA.  Soon afterward, he was off to Hollywood and the rest was histrionics.  From 1914 till 1938, through nearly a quarter century of producing, acting, directing, and writing, Harold appeared in as many as 200 motion pictures.

Harold wed actress Mildred "Mid" Davis on Thursday, February 10, 1923, when she was approaching her 22nd birthday.  The marriage produced three children in all.  Gloria and Harold, Jr., were their biological offspring, and they adopted Marjorie, who was also called "Peggy."  Mildred Davis died at the age of 68 in Santa Monica, CA, on Monday, August 18, 1969.

During 1947, Harold Lloyd acted in his final movie, "The Sin of Harold Diddlebock," having a Nebraska-born title character.  This film was also called "Mad Wednesday" and it included segments of earlier movies.

Over the years, Harold Lloyd won many fans, friends, admirers, numerous awards and recognitions.  In 1949, Harold was elected to the Shriners highest office of Imperial Potentate.  He led that organization in the United States during a great and wonderful year of 1950 when southeast Nebraska folks would individually draw national attention in philanthropy, politics, sports, and entertainment.

Harold Lloyd passed away at his Green Acres mansion in Beverly Hills, CA, on Monday, March 8, 1971, at the age of 77.

On Tuesday, November 19, 1996, after more than a century since his birth in Burchard, his good name emerged in quiz competition on the television show Jeopardy, with words stated in the form of a question.

Harold Lloyd

Harold Lloyd shared the limelight with some rather famous actors!

 


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