Cecile Arnold

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Cecile Arnold
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Cecile Laval Arnoux

July 9, 1893
DiedJune 18, 1931 (aged 37)
Cause of deathMyocarditis
Other namesCecile Arley
Cecile Arnole
Peaches Arnold
Cecele Arno
Years active1913-1917
Spouse(s)Chauncy F. Reynolds (m.1917-div.1919)
David Toeg(m.?-div. before 1931)

Cecile Arnold (born Cecile Laval Arnoux; July 9, 1893[1][2] – June 18, 1931) was an American silent film actress and Ziegfeld Follies girl.

Early Life[edit]

Cecil Laval Arnaux was born in Louisville, Kentucky on July 9, 1893, although some sources indicate 1891[3] 1897[4] and 1898.[5][6]

She had one sibling, a brother, Given Campbell Arnoux.[7] Her father, Anthony Arnoux, was born in New York City and was a newspaper reporter. Her parents divorced, and Arnold's mother, Susan Campbell, remarried to Albert D. Evans in St. Louis, Missouri in 1902. After having 3 more children there, the family moved to Texas.


Arnold, who was known for playing vamps, was a Ziegfeld Follies girl before moving to Mack Sennett's Keystone Studios in 1913.[8][9] She appeared in at least fifty films with notable figures such as Charlie Chaplin, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Mack Swain and Chaplin's half brother Syd until 1917.[10] Perhaps her most memorable role is as the vamp in The Face on the Bar Room Floor.

Arnold had multiple aliases, one of them being Cecele Arno, which she used when she was in the chorus of the 1916 Al Jolson show Robinson Crusoe, Jr.

Personal Life[edit]

Arnold married her first husband, Chauncy F. Reynolds, in 1917. They divorced in 1919, and, while on a trip to China with her newspaper reporting brother, met David Toeg, a stock broker from a wealthy Syrian family.

Toeg and Arnold married, and resided in Hong Kong together. According to Brent Walker's book, Mack Sennett's Fun Factory, she left Hong Kong for San Francisco in 1922 so her child could be born in America. She departed from Hong Kong on June 14, 1924[11] and her son, Robert Raphael Toeg, who was reportedly the result of an affair with a Russian merchant, was born on March 15, 1925 in San Francisco.[12]

Toeg and Arnold divorced sometime before June 18, 1931 according to Arnold's death certificate.[13]


Cecile died on June 18, 1931 of acute infective myocarditis. She is buried at Happy Valley Roman Catholic Cemetery in Hong Kong.[14]

Selected filmography[edit]


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  3. ^ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0036380/bio Bio
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  8. ^ "Answers.com". Answers.com. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  9. ^ Imdb Bio
  10. ^ Imdb bio
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  12. ^ https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VGH6-Z1Z
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  14. ^ https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2177241