In addition to entries as a Singer, Writer and Producer, she has 240 Acting entries on IMDB. Well over 150 of those occur before 1920! This number was possible because of being tapped by Hal Roach (with whom she shares a birthday) at 14 years old to be teamed with Harold Lloyd who was then doing his Lonesome Luke series. The Luke character was little more than a take off of Chaplin's character, only in tight clothes instead of baggy ones. It is said that, while in a movie theater, Lloyd overheard a boy say, "Oh here's that fellow who makes like Chaplin", and that this caused the creation of his legendary 'Glasses Character". Bebe was with him for the transition, benefitting from more involved characterizations herself. She and Lloyd also became romantic, a natural progression given their constant work schedule and genuine fondness for one another. In their social life they won many trophies for dancing as was the rage amongst the Hollywood set at the time. During their years starring together, Daniels not only did all her own stunts, she learned all phases of 'on the fly' film making. Their onscreen personas were The Boy and The Girl.
When her contract came due in 1919, DeMille scooped her up and brought her to Paramount where she would become a star. In 1921 at 20 years old, our quintisential Flapper was famous, beautiful and rich. She enjoyed all the trappings afforded her including a brand new racy Marmon automobile that she loved to drive.....really fast.
It was hardly what you would call 'hard time'. A local furniture store backed a truck up the the Santa Ana jailhouse and her cell was kitted out with a persian carpet and a bedroom suite complete with bed linens to match the curtains mounted over those crass bars. Both florists in town made daily deliveries, and the local eateries entered into something of a contest to provide the most delectible meals to the star, her mother (who was allowed to stay with her) and the rafts of Hollywood luminaries who came each day to visit. Abe Lyman and his Cocoanut Grove Orchestra came to serenade our poor inmate.
Daniels was the only woman among twenty men on Paramount's "inner cabinet," where she headed her own production unit for five years-controlling stories, casts, and budgets.
Once, while in Chicago, Bebe was the victim of a jewel robbery. Al Capone, who was a fan, put out the word that whoever had taken the jewels would be doing themselves a "healthy favor" by returning them in 24 hours. They were returned.
Our 'girl of firsts' was also in the first "The Maltese Falcon" and, bucking Hollywood completely, her first marriage was her last! She and fellow actor Ben Lyon were married in 1930 and stayed that way for the rest of her life.
In the mid thirties, with their film careers winding down they developed a stage act. While touring in England in the late thirties, they felt they had found home, and moved there. In London they raised their two children and had continued success performing, ultimately producing their own radio, and later TV show, "Life With The Lyons".
A few months before her death, Harold Lloyd (they died 9 days apart) paid the Lyons a visit in London. While reminiscing, an observer noted that he was still wearing a ring she had given him during those carefree days together so long ago, and she still had all the trophies they had won in their dance contests.