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Olive Thomas (1894–1920)


Oliveretta Elaine Duffy was born on October 20, 1894, in Charleroi, Pennsylvania. Olive, as she was known to family and friends, did not have much of a childhood. Life in industrial Pittsburgh was depressing and grim with its smoky factories and hard living. She married Bernard Krug Thomas at the age of 16 (which wasn't uncommon at the time), but ... See full bio »

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 1920 Darling Mine
Kitty McCarthy
 1920 The Flapper
Genevieve King
 1920 Youthful Folly
Nancy Sherwin
 1920 Footlights and Shadows
Gloria Dawn
 1919 Out Yonder
Flotsam
 1919 The Glorious Lady
Ivis Benson
 1919 The Spite Bride
Tessa Doyle
 1919 Prudence on Broadway
Prudence
 1919 Love's Prisoner
Nancy, later Lady Cleveland
 1919 Upstairs and Down
Alice Chesterton
 1919 The Follies Girl
Doll
 1919 Toton the Apache
Toton / Yvonne
 1918 Heiress for a Day
Helen Thurston
 1918 Limousine Life
Minnie Wills
 1918 Betty Takes a Hand
Betty Marshall
 1917 Tom Sawyer
Choir Member (uncredited)
 1917 Indiscreet Corinne
Corinne Chilvers
 1917 Broadway Arizona
Fritzi Carlyle
 1917 An Even Break
Claire Curtis
 1917 Madcap Madge
Betty
 1917 A Girl Like That
Fannie Brooks
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Show Show Self (1 credit)
Show Show Archive footage (3 credits)

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1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 2 Portrayals | 21 Articles | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »
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Personal Quote:

Life's too short and fate too funny to get upstage, Today they may be showering us with roses on Broadway and tomorrow some fool director who used to be a waiter may be rejecting us as atmosphere in a five reel five cent feature... See more »

Trivia:

Discovered by Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. for his "Follies of 1915". He also cast her in the "Ziegfeld Midnight Frolics", which was a racier, after-hours show atop the New Amsterdam Theater for mostly male audiences. She often wore nothing but balloons, which the gents would eagerly burst with their cigars. She also became Ziegfeld's mistress. See more »

Trademark:

Playing teenage types, first as a baby vamp and later as a flapper

Nickname:

Ollie

Star Sign:

Libra

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