One thing that “Ghost Inside My Child” did not have time to share is how much support and friends Lucille Ricksen had! I thought I’d share who all took care of her and who Lucille’s closest friends were.
Conrad Nagel & Rupert Hughes.
Conrad and Lucille starred in The Rendezvous together, Lucille’s first leading lady role in 1923. They remained very close up until her death. He and Rupert Hughes adopted Lucille and her brother Marshall after their mothers untimely death. After Lucille passed, they still took care of Marshall. The three of them always remained close.
Syd Chaplin and Marshall Neilan.
Marshall directed many of Lucille’s films and Syd starred alongside her in many films. They all were great friends. However, when Lucille became ill, all ties were cut between them. Marshall and Syd never visited Lucille on her death bed or attended the funeral.
They were the best of friends while Lucille was alive and well.
Lucille and Lois met through Conrad. They became close instantly. They were like sisters to each other, Lucille even called her, “her big sister”.
Lois was by her bedside every single say, even being there when Lucille passed away. Lois was devastated by her death.
Paul paid for all of Lucille’s medical bills and made sure nurses were present to take care of her. He bought Lucille magazines and presents while she was sick. He was there also when she passed.
Jack and Lucille met at the WAMPA Baby Stars party in early 1924 and soon became very close friends. They starred in The Hill Billy together.
After Lucille’s death Jack and his sister Mary decorated her memorial with flowers.
Marshal Ricksen and mother Ingeborg.