While it’s tempting to call this story just another example of heiresses behaving badly, Rosabelle was really a fairly good egg. After her mother’s death in 1918, Rosabelle, then a teenager, took over management of all household duties. As her father’s success grew, so did her responsibilities, and she became known in Los Angeles society as a terrific hostess. In her late teens, she flirted first with the idea of becoming an actress, and then with her father’s protege, Irving Thalberg. However, Rosabelle’s interest in the limelight eventually faded, as did the romance (Thalberg is thought to have left Universal, in part, because of this).
May 16, 1927
Beverly Hills, CA
Rosabelle Laemmle, only daughter of Carl Sr., was arrested for speeding in Beverly Hills today. When Officer McBane asked where she was headed in such a big hurry on this Saturday night, she replied, "To the dentist." Unfortunately for Rosabelle, she’d already used that excuse on McBane twice before. Tired of playing the chump, McBane said, "I advise you to have all your teeth pulled out and to present this speeding ticket to Justice of the Peace Etrelinger on the 23rd."
Rosabelle wedded businessman Stanley Bergerman in 1929, settled down, and had two children. Presumably, her driving settled down as well.