Love was born Juanita Horton in September 10, 1898 in Midland. She attended
school in Midland until she was in the eighth grade, when her
chiropractor father moved his family to Arizona, New Mexico, and
then to Hollywood, California.
On actor Tom Mix's recommendation that she "get into pictures",
Love's mother sent her to Biograph Studios, where she met pioneering
film director D.W. Griffith. Griffith, who introduced Bessie Love to
films, also gave the actress her screen name. He gave her a small
role in his film Intolerance. Love dropped out of Los Angeles
High School to pursue her film career, although she completed her
degree many years later.
Love appeared in 77 silent movies between 1916 and 1928 and
successfully transitioned to talkies. In 1929 she was nominated for
the Academy Award for Best Actress for The Broadway Melody.
She was in 44 films post silent era. Her final film was The
Hunger where she played Lillybelle in 1983.
In 1977, Love published an autobiography based on articles she had
written for The Christian science Monitor entitled, From
Hollywood with Love.
Love died in London, England from natural causes on April 26, 1986.