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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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Known For

The Flapper
The Flapper Genevieve 'Ginger' King
(1920)
Love's Prisoner
Love's Prisoner Nancy, later Lady Cleveland
(1919)
Betty Takes a Hand
Betty Takes a Hand Betty Marshall
(1918)
Out Yonder
Out Yonder Flotsam
(1919)

Filmography

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 1920 Darling Mine
Kitty McCarthy
 1920 The Flapper
Genevieve 'Ginger' 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 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 Madcap Madge
Madge Flower
 1917 A Girl Like That
Fannie Brooks
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Personal Details

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1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 2 Portrayals | 21 Articles | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I think that you die when your time comes and not until then. I feel the same about other things as I do about death. I don't think you can change anything that is going to happen to you any more than you can change anything that has happened to you. That's why I never worry, and that is why I don't think people should get conceited and think themselves better than others See more »

Trivia:

Found poisoned in her room after consuming mercury bichloride tablets dissolved in alcohol. The circumstances around this event were mysterious but were officially determined to be accidental. She died five days later in the American Hospital in Neuilly. 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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