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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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 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
 1918 When a Woman Sins
Lilian Marchard / Poppea
 1918 Salome
 1918 Under the Yoke
Maria Valverda
 1918 The Soul of Buddha
 1918 The Forbidden Path
Mary Lynde
 1917 The Rose of Blood
Lisza Tapenka
 1917 Heart and Soul
 1917 Her Greatest Love
Vera Herbert
 1916 The Vixen
Elsie Drummond
 1916 Her Double Life
Mary Doone
 1916 Under Two Flags
 1916 Gold and the Woman
Juliet DeCordova
 1915 Siren of Hell
 1915 Destruction
Ferdinande Martin
 1915 The Galley Slave
Francesca Brabaut
 1915/II Carmen
 1915 Sin
 1915 The Two Orphans
 1915 The Devil's Daughter
La Gioconda
 1915 The Clemenceau Case
 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 | 44 Articles | 7 Pictorials | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Theo DeCoppet | Theodosia Goodman


5' 6" (1.68 m)

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Personal Quote:

To understand those days, you must consider that people believed what they saw on the screen. Nobody had destroyed the grand illusion. Audiences thought the stars were the way they saw them. Why, women kicked my photographs as they went into the theaters where my pictures were playing. And once on the streets of New York, a woman called the police because her child spoke to me. See more »


In 1930, she lived at 632 North Alpine Drive in Beverly Hills, California. See more »


Often wore panda-like eye makeup See more »


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