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Theda Bara (1885–1955)


Theda Bara was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, as Theodosia Goodman, on July 29, 1885. She was the daughter of a local tailor and his wife. As a teenager Theda was interested in the theatrical arts and once she finished high school, she dyed her blond hair black and went in pursuit of her dream. By 1908 she was in New York in search of roles. That year ... See full bio »

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Known For

Cleopatra
Cleopatra Cleopatra
(1917)
The Unchastened Woman
The Unchastened Woman Caroline Knollys
(1925)
Madame Mystery
Madame Mystery Madame Mysterieux
(1926)
Salome
Salome Salome
(1918)

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 1926 Madame Mystery (Short)
Madame Mysterieux
 1919 The Lure of Ambition
Olga Dolan
 1919 La belle Russe
Fleurette Sackton / La Belle Russe
 1919 Kathleen Mavourneen
Kathleen Mavourneen
 1919 A Woman There Was
Princess Zara
 1919 The Siren's Song
Marie Bernais
 1919 When Men Desire
Marie Lohr
 1919 The Light
Blanchette Dumond, aka Madame Lefresne
 1918 The She Devil
Lolette
 1918 When a Woman Sins
Lilian Marchard / Poppea
 1918 Salome
Salome
 1918 Under the Yoke
Maria Valverda
 1918 The Soul of Buddha
Bava
 1918 The Forbidden Path
Mary Lynde
 1917 The Rose of Blood
Lisza Tapenka
 1917 Heart and Soul
Jess
 1917 Her Greatest Love
Vera Herbert
 1916 The Vixen
Elsie Drummond
 1916 Her Double Life
Mary Doone
 1916 Under Two Flags
Cigarette
 1916 Gold and the Woman
Juliet DeCordova
 1915 Siren of Hell
 1915 Destruction
Ferdinande Martin
 1915 The Galley Slave
Francesca Brabaut
 1915/II Carmen
Carmen
 1915 Sin
Rosa
 1915 The Two Orphans
Henriette
 1915 The Devil's Daughter
La Gioconda
 1915 The Clemenceau Case
Iza
 1915 Kreutzer Sonata
Celia Friedlander
 1914 The Stain
Gang Moll (as Theodosia Goodman)
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Other Works:

Active on Broadway in the following productions: See more »

Publicity Listings:

4 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | 44 Articles | 7 Pictorials | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Theo DeCoppet | Theodosia Goodman

Height:

5' 6" (1.68 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on husband Charles Brabin] His mental brilliance was not the first attractive quality I noticed about him. It was the way he walked. Like an Indian, or, as if he wore seven-league boots. He stalked in and in two strides crossed the room. It still fascinates me to sit and watch him approach me. See more »

Trivia:

Hoping to break out of her vamp typecast, Bara made the film Kathleen Mavourneen (1919) in a Mary Pickford styled role. The film flopped and mutually tired of each other she and Fox both agreed not to renew her contract. After leaving Fox in 1919, she made only one feature The Unchastened Woman (1925). She retired in 1926 after making only one more film, the short comedy Madame Mystery (1926). See more »

Trademark:

Often played the role of a sexy, foul temptress whose beauty and dangerous allure led good-hearted men to their doom. See more »

Nickname:

The Vamp See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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