STARmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,994 this week

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 »

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 80 people
created 21 Jan 2012
 
a list of 29 people
created 19 Nov 2012
 
a list of 100 people
created 11 Feb 2013
 
a list of 36 people
created 13 May 2013
 
a list of 29 people
created 3 months ago
 

Do you have a demo reel?

Add it to your IMDbPage

Connect with IMDb


How Much Have You Seen?

How much of Theda Bara's work have you seen?

User Polls

1 win. See more awards »

Known For

Filmography

Hide Hide Show Show Actress (44 credits)
 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
 1917 The Tiger Woman
Princess Petrovitch
 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)
Show Show Writer (1 credit)
Show Show Self (1 credit)
Show Show Archive footage (21 credits)

Related Videos

Edit

Personal Details

Other Works:

Active on Broadway in the following productions: See more »

Publicity Listings:

4 Print Biographies | 1 Article | 7 Pictorials | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Theo DeCoppet | Theodosia Goodman

Height:

5' 6" (1.68 m)
Edit

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

(in 1917) "During the rest of my screen career, I am going to continue doing vampires as long as people sin. For I believe that humanity needs the moral lesson and it needs it in repeatedly larger doses." See more »

Trivia:

Not only were critics of the opinion that Bara was miscast in "Kathleen Mavourneen," but Irish Hibernian societies were enraged that an actress of Jewish extraction was playing an Irish heroine and sent members to stone the theaters exhibiting it and set off stink bombs. See more »

Trademark:

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

Nickname:

Theo See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Who would play Theda in a probably-never-to-b e-made biopic? fiftyfootqueenie
Gorgeous! nationofphoenix
Cleopatra Clip blissanda
New theda game tudorhistoryguy
New film about Theda Bara giggling_pixie
Amy Lee as Theda Bara tudorhistoryguy
Discuss Theda Bara on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page