Divas_classic beauties

by quietgiant2 | created - 02 Jan 2011 | updated - 4 weeks ago | Public

Pioneers of cinema like these women did not have to be very beautiful, they were distinguished by the elegance.

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1. Alla Nazimova

Actress | Eye for Eye

The grand, highly flamboyant Russian star Alla Nazimova of Hollywood silent films lived an equally grand, flamboyant life off-camera, though her legendary status has not held up as firmly as that of a Rudolph Valentino today.

Alla Nazimova was born Miriam Edez Adelaida Leventon in 1879, in Yalta, ...

2. Norma Talmadge

Actress | Smilin' Through

Norma Talmadge was born on May 26, 1895, in Jersey City, New Jersey. The daughter of an unemployed alcoholic and his wife, Norma did not have the idyllic childhood that most of us yearn for. Her father left the family on Christmas Day and his wife and three daughters had to fend for themselves. Her...

3. Lyda Borelli

Actress | Malombra

Lyda Borelli was born on March 22, 1884 in Rivarolo Ligure, Genoa, Liguria, Italy. She was an actress, known for Malombra (1917), Madame Guillotine (1916) and Satan's Rhapsody (1917). She was married to Vittorio Cini di Monselice. She died on June 1, 1959 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

4. Pina Menichelli

Actress | La dama de Chez Maxim's

Pina Menichelli was born on January 10, 1890 in Castroreale, Sicily, Italy as Giuseppina Menichelli. She was an actress, known for La dama de Chez Maxim's (1923), The Fire (1916) and The Rival Actresses (1913). She died on August 29, 1984 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy.

5. Francesca Bertini

Actress | Assunta Spina

Francesca Bertini was undoubtedly one of the first divas of cinema, a lady not only on screen but also in real life. She made her film debut in La dea del mare (1907) and after that producers fought for her services. In 1921 she married European nobleman and banker Alfred Cartier. She tried her ...

6. Asta Nielsen

Actress | Hamlet

Danish leading woman of German films who became one of the greatest stars of the silent era. A native of the Copenhagen suburb of Vesterbro, Nielsen was the daughter of a coppersmith and a washerwoman, both of whom died before Nielsen was fifteen. Her stage debut came as a child in the chorus of ...

7. Geraldine Farrar

Actress | Carmen

Famed singer and author Geraldine Farrar was educated in public schools and then became a music student of Mrs. J.H. Long, Trabadello, Emma Thursby, Lilli Lehman and Graziani. Her 1901 debut was at the Royal Opera House in Berlin, in the role of Marguerite in "Faust". From 1906-22 she was a member ...

8. Ina Claire

Actress | Ninotchka

Effervescent, blond star of sophisticated Broadway comedy in the 1920s. Born Ina Fagan, of Irish descent, she lost her father in a car accident four months before she was born. Without a breadwinner in the family, she was forced to live in a boarding house with her mother. From earliest childhood, ...

9. Lil Dagover

Actress | Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

A prominent German film actress born on 30 September 1887 at Madiven, Java, the daughter of a forest ranger in the service of the Dutch authorities. Sent at the age of ten to Baden-Baden to study, she later entered the cinema thanks to her marriage in 1917 to the actor Fritz Dagover who was 25 ...

10. Pearl White

Actress | The Perils of Pauline

Born on her father's farm in Green Ridge, Missouri, the youngest of five children. Moved with her family to Springfield, Missouri, where she grew up. Joined the Diemer Theatre Company during her second year of high school, and went on the road with a touring stock company at age 18, in 1907. Signed...

11. Mary Pickford

Actress | Coquette

Mary Pickford was born Gladys Louise Smith in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Elsie Charlotte (Hennessy) and John Charles Smith. She was of English and Irish descent. Pickford began in the theater at age seven. Then known as "Baby Gladys Smith", she toured with her family in a number of theater ...

12. Henny Porten

Actress | Hintertreppe

Henny Porten was born January 7, 1890, in Magdeburg, Germany. She had one of the longest careers of any German actress and was highly sought after because of her wonderful thespian skills. Henny's career would stretch over six decades, from 1906 to 1955. Her first film was in Apachentanz (1906), ...

13. Mabel Normand

Actress | Mickey

Mabel Normand was one of the comedy greats of early film. In an era when women are deemed 'not funny enough' it seems film history has forgotten her contributions. Her films debuted the Keystone Cops, Charlie Chaplin's tramp and the pie in the face gag. She co-starred with both Chaplin and Roscoe "...

14. Olive Thomas

Actress | Beatrice Fairfax

Oliva R. Duffy was born on October 20, 1894, in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, the eldest of three children, with two younger brothers. Olive or Ollie, 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 ...

15. Florence Lawrence

Actress | Not Like Other Girls

Florence Lawrence was the first film player whose name was used to promote her films and the studio (Independent Moving Pictures Company [IMP]) for which she worked. Before her, actors and actresses worked anonymously, partly out of fear that stage managers would refuse to hire them if they were ...

16. Florence Turner

Actress | A Welsh Singer

Widely publicized as "The Vitagraph Girl," dark-haired silent film actress Florence Turner was one of the screen's first celebrities to be called by the term "movie star." Born in New York City in 1885, she was pushed into the business at age 3 by an overzealous stage mother, performing on the ...

17. Florence Vidor

Actress | The Popular Sin

Houston-born-and-bred Florence Vidor was one of the great beauties of early Hollywood. But while her photogenic looks went a long way, audiences would not get to enjoy or really experience her voice as she abruptly left the silver screen after her first disastrous attempt at a talking picture.

Born ...

18. Theda Bara

Actress | A Fool There Was

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 ...

19. Alice Brady

Actress | My Man Godfrey

Alice Brady was born in New York City on November 2, 1892. She was interested in the stage from childhood, as her father was famed Broadway producer William A. Brady. After a few stage productions, Alice was discovered by movie producers in New York, since this was the film capital at the time. Her...

20. Aud Egede-Nissen

Actress | Das Phantom der Oper

Aud Egede-Nissen was born on May 30, 1893 in Bergen, Norway. She was an actress and producer, known for Das Phantom der Oper (1916), Anna Boleyn (1920) and Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (1922). She was married to Paul Richter and Georg Alexander. She died on November 6, 1974 in Oslo, Norway.

21. Alice Tissot

Actress | Pas sur la bouche

Alice Tissot was born on January 1, 1890 in Paris, Ile-de-France, France as Alice Claire Marie Tissot. She was an actress, known for Pas sur la bouche (1931), Vaccin 48 (1934) and Children of Montmartre (1933). She died on May 5, 1971 in Paris.

22. Julienne Mathieu

Actress | Le rêve de Toula

Julienne Mathieu was one of the earliest French silent film actresses who appeared mostly in French silents between 1905 and 1909. Mathieu was married to the Spanish director and producer Segundo de Chomón; appearing in many of his films. She appeared in the Spanish silent film "El Hotel eléctrico"...

23. Gene Gauntier

Actress | Evangeline

Gene Gauntier was born on May 17, 1885 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA as Genevieve Liggett. She was an actress and writer, known for Evangeline (1908), The Scarlet Letter (1908) and From the Manger to the Cross; or, Jesus of Nazareth (1912). She was married to J.J. Clark. She died on December 18, ...

24. Helen Gardner

Actress | Cleopatra

A stage actress who was an alumni of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Helen Gardner made her film debut with Vitagraph Pictures in 1911. In that year she appeared in Vanity Fair (1911), to critical acclaim. The next year she formed her own film production company, Helen Gardner Productions--...

25. Mary Carr

Actress | Lights of New York

American character actress famed for roles as mothers. Born in a Philadelphia suburb as Mary Kennevan, she became a schoolteacher, but soon gave it up for work as an actress in touring companies. She married actor William Carr and toured extensively with his company. After the turn of the century, ...

26. Faire Binney

Actress | Open Your Eyes

Faire Binney was born on August 24, 1900 in Morristown, New Jersey, USA as Frederica Gertrude Binney. She was an actress, known for Open Your Eyes (1919), The Girl from Porcupine (1921) and What Fools Men Are (1922). She was married to David C. Sloane and Sering D. Wilson. She died on August 28, ...

27. Miriam Cooper

Actress | Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

Miriam Cooper was born to Julian Cooper and Margaret Stewart in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1891. The family was Roman Catholic, and the Coopers were fairly well-to-do. After the birth of five children in five years (one of whom died in infancy), Julian Cooper deserted his family and fled to Europe. ...

28. Violet Horner

Actress | Lena Rivers

Violet Horner, the second daughter of music hall performers Sidney Herbert Horner (born Wales) and Pauline Tranter (born Belfast), grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where she performed in amateur productions and was discovered singing in a church choir when she first got into film. In an interview (...

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29. Valeska Suratt

Actress | She

Valeska Suratt was born in Owensville, Indiana on June 28, 1882 to parents of French ancestry. She moved from Terre Haute to Indianapolis, where she worked at a department store in 1899 before moving to Chicago in 1900 to pursue an acting career. She appeared in vaudeville before debuting in ...

30. Kitty Gordon

Actress | The Wasp

Kitty Gordon was born on April 22, 1878 in Folkestone, Kent, England as Constance Blades. She was an actress, known for The Wasp (1918), The Purple Lily (1918) and Diamonds and Pearls (1917). She was married to Ralph Ranlet, Captain Henry W.W.H. Beresford, Michael Levenston and Maxwell James. She ...

31. Virginia Lee Corbin

Actress | Bare Knees

Virginia Lee Corbin was born on December 5, 1910 in Prescott, Arizona, USA as Virginia LaVerne Corbin. She is known for her work on Bare Knees (1928), Hands Up! (1926) and The Forbidden Room (1919). She was married to Charles Jacobson and Theodore Elwood Krol. She died on June 5, 1942 in Winfield, ...

32. Lidia Quaranta

Actress | Lo scrigno dei milioni

Lidia Quaranta was born on March 6, 1891 in Turin, Italy as Lidia Gemma Mattia Quaranta. She was an actress, known for Lo scrigno dei milioni (1914), The Mysteries of Souls (1912) and Cabiria (1914). She died on March 5, 1928 in Turin.

33. Fern Andra

Actress | Zwei Menschen

Fern Andre's show-business career started as an aerialist with a troupe that toured the U.S. and Europe. In Vienna she became a student of famed director/teacher Max Reinhardt and appeared in several of his plays and films. She soon settled in Berlin, where she starred in several productions for ...

34. Kathleen Clifford

Actress | Richard the Lion-Hearted

Kathleen Clifford was born on February 16, 1887 in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. She was an actress, known for Richard the Lion-Hearted (1923), When the Clouds Roll by (1919) and Who Is Number One? (1917). She was married to Miomir Peter Illitch (banker). She died on December 28, 1962 in ...

35. Winifred Kingston

Actress | The Squaw Man

Winifred Kingston was born on November 11, 1894 in England. She was an actress, known for The Squaw Man (1914), The Virginian (1914) and The Scarlet Pimpernel (1917). She was married to Runyon Carmen R. and Dustin Farnum. She died on February 3, 1967 in La Jolla, California, USA.

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36. Marguerite Clark

Actress | Scrambled Wives

In the 1910s, waifs and child-women like Mary Pickford, Lillian Gish and Mary Miles Minter were dominant forces at America's box offices. Audiences welcomed Marguerite Clark into this group, especially those who preferred her dark brown hair and large brown eyes to the blonde-haired, blue-eyed ...

37. Pauline Curley

Actress | Bound in Morocco

Coming from a theatrical family (her mother was an actress), Pauline Curley was an actress from the age of five, and toured the vaudeville circuit with her family. Her first known film role came in 1913, and although her movie career lasted 16 years, she never made the top, or even the middle, ...

38. Viola Dana

Actress | Two Sisters

Viola Dana (real name Virginia Flugrath) was born in Brooklyn, NY, on June 26, 1897. She was the middle sister of three sisters (the other two were Edna Flugrath and Shirley Mason). She made her film debut in 1914 in Molly the Drummer Boy (1914). The following year she received top billing playing ...

39. Bebe Daniels

Actress | The Maltese Falcon

Bebe Daniels already had toured as an actor by the age of four in a stage production of "Richard III". She had her first leading role at the age of seven and started her film career shortly after this in movies for Imperial, Pathe and others. At 14 she was already a film veteran, and was enlisted ...

40. Priscilla Dean

Actress | The Wicked Darling

Her parents were both stage actors, so Priscilla Dean began her career as an infant in their productions. She made her film debut at age 14 in a series of one-reelers for Biograph and several other studios. In 1911 she was hired by Universal Pictures and soon gained popularity as the female lead in...

41. Clarine Seymour

Actress | Scarlet Days

Clarine Seymour born to Albert and Florence Seymour in Brooklyn, New York in 1898. Her father ran a ribbon manufacturing business, in 1917 her father became so ill that he had no choice but to close his successful business and so Clarine secured work through the Thanhouser Film Company, which was ...

42. Bessie Eyton

Actress | The Girl of Gold

Born Bessie Harrison in Santa Barbara in 1890. Her father Edgar Thomas Harrison was a musician. Bessie starred in at least 200 melodrama, action westerns and crime films. In the 1910 she was visiting the Selig Film studios with a party of friends, when a director saw and liked her red hair because ...

43. Louise Fazenda

Actress | The Bat

When top silent screen comedienne Mabel Normand would gripe to Mack Sennett about making classier films, Sennett's retort would always be, "I'll send for Fazenda." This gawky, highly popular slapstick funny girl put in her time first in two-reelers and Universal's Joker Comedies from 1913 on, but ...

44. Pauline Frederick

Actress | Bonds of Love

Pauline Frederick was born Pauline Beatrice Libby in Boston, Massachusetts on August 12, 1883. She was fascinated with show business from an early age and throughout her childhood, she was bred for a career in music. It has been said she had a terrific soprano voice, but Pauline also dabbled a bit ...

45. Kathleen Kirkham

Actress | Tarzan of the Apes

Starting her career in stock in Wisconsin, Kirkham trained in dramatic schools before acting on the screen. Kirkham often played the vamp in films and also played mother roles to women who were older than she was. She played several roles as the "woman you loved to hate," roles she could never ...

46. Mildred Harris

Actress | The Doctor and the Woman

Mildred Harris was born on November 29, 1901 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA. She was an actress, known for The Doctor and the Woman (1918), For Husbands Only (1918) and The Price of a Good Time (1917). She was married to William P. Fleckenstein, Everett Terrence McGovern and Charles Chaplin. She died on...

47. Phyllis Haver

Actress | The Midnight Express

Phyllis Haver was born Phyllis O'Haver on January 6, 1899, in Douglas, KS. When she was a child her family moved to California. Young Phyllis got a job playing piano at a local movie theater. Producer Mack Sennett saw her and hired her to be one of his "Sennett Bathing Beauties". Between 1916-20 ...

48. Helen Holmes

Actress | Crossed Signals

Though the circumstances of Helen Holmes' birth are somewhat hazy (sources place it in either Chicago or Louisville, KY, in mid-June or early July of 1893), what isn't hazy is that she was, with Pearl White, the queen of the railroad serials of the mid-teens and early '20s. Holmes always played a ...

49. Helen Lynch

Actress | Romance of the Underworld

Helen Lynch was born on April 6, 1900 in Billings, Montana, USA as Helen Emily Lynch. She was an actress, known for Romance of the Underworld (1928), Minnie (1922) and Bustin' Thru (1925). She was married to Carroll Nye. She died on March 2, 1965 in Miami Beach, Florida, USA.

50. Helen Gibson

Actress | Fighting Mad

Helen Gibson was one of the earliest serial stars. In 1915 she took over the title role in The Hazards of Helen (1914) from Helen Holmes. Known for her athletic abilities and willingness to do dangerous but exciting stunts, she made the transition from serials to features easily. She was the second...

51. Juanita Hansen

Actress | Broadway Love

Juanita Hansen's career goes back to at least 1915, and she worked for D.W. Griffith before becoming one of Mack Sennett's "Bathing Beauties." Sennett was so struck by her beauty that he often featured her over the other girls, which caused some friction among them. That could well be the reason ...

52. Leatrice Joy

Actress | The Love Trader

Making her film debut as an extra in 1917, Leatrice Joy soon graduated to playing opposite comics Billy West and Oliver Hardy. Director Cecil B. DeMille took her under his wing and starred her in several of his films. Often playing career girls dressed in mannish suits, or sophisticated society ...

53. Annette Kellerman

Actress | Venus of the South Seas

Annette Kellerman was born on July 6, 1887 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Annette Marie Sarah Kellerman. She is known for her work on Venus of the South Seas (1924), Jephtah's Daughter: A Biblical Tragedy (1909) and A Daughter of the Gods (1916). She was married to James R. Sullivan. She ...

54. Ann Little

Actress | Lightning Bryce

Unlike many serial heroines, Ann Little actually was a daughter of the West. Born in a small town near the foot of northern California's Mt. Shasta, she was raised on a ranch in the shadow of the great mountain. After graduating high school, she joined a traveling stock company, winding up in a ...

55. Claire Anderson

Actress | The Servant in the House

Claire Anderson was born Claire Mathes on May 8, 1895 in Detroit, Michigan. She moved to Hollywood and became one of Mack Sennett's first bathing beauties. Claire was five feet, five inches tall and 132 pounds. She started making movies with Keystone in 1914 (she also used the screen name Cora ...

56. Dorothy Phillips

Actress | Broadway Love

A former stage actress, Dorothy Phillips was married to actor/director/producer Allen Holubar. They were known as two of the screen's most prominent players--her the star, he the director/producer. Dorothy was well known in Hollywood as one of the most warm-hearted, approachable stars in the ...

57. Edna Purviance

Actress | A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate

Edna Purviance began working as a stenographer in San Francisco. Charles Chaplin invited her to join him at Essanay Studio in 1915, the year of her film debut in Chaplin's His Night Out. Over the next seven years she appeared as his leading lady in over 20 Chaplin films made by Essanay, Mutual, and...

58. Mary Miles Minter

Actress | Anne of Green Gables

Little Mary Miles Minter was a child star who was dominated by her mother. At the age of 5 she first appeared on the stage in the play "Cameo Kirby". From that time on she worked steadily without a single vacation. Her greatest stage success was in "The Littlest Rebel", with William Farnum and ...

59. Pauline Starke

Actress | Captain Salvation

Pauline Starke was born on January 10, 1901 in Joplin, Missouri, USA. She was an actress, known for Captain Salvation (1927), Salvation Nell (1921) and A Royal Romance (1930). She was married to George Sherwood and Jack White. She died on February 3, 1977 in Santa Monica, California, USA.

60. Alice Joyce

Actress | The Third Degree

Having worked as a telephone operator at age 13 and a fashion model afterwards, Alice Joyce joined the Kalem film company at 20, making her debut in The Deacon's Daughter (1910), and achieved popularity as a charming, proper leading lady in many shorts. After Vitagraph bought out Kalem, Joyce began ...

61. Billie Burke

Actress | The Wizard of Oz

Billie Burke was born Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke on August 7, 1885 in Washington, D.C. Her father was a circus clown, and as a child she toured the United States and Europe with the circus (before motion pictures and after the stage, circuses were the biggest form of entertainment in the...

62. Evelyn Nesbit

Actress | Redemption

Ms. Nesbit, artists' model and chorus girl, was at the heart of what at the time was known as the Crime of the Century. Her abusive husband, Pittsburgh million-heir Harry Thaw, murdered 52-year old architect and socialite Stanford White (of the firm McKim, Mead, and White), who had taken advantage ...

63. Mary Alden

Actress | The Earth Woman

Mary Maguire Alden was born in New York City on June 18, 1883. She appeared in her first film when she was 31 years old in the production of The Second Mrs. Roebuck (1914). From that point on, Mary was kept very busy in the studios in New York. When the film companies moved west, Mary went with ...

64. Viola Allen

Actress | The White Sister

Viola Allen was born 1869 in Alabama and educated in Boston, Toronto and New York. She made her stage debut on July 4th, 1882. Since then she starred in many other stage plays. At the beginning of the 20th century she could also be seen in a lot of Shakespeare revivals. Viola Allen passed away 1948...

65. May Allison

Actress | Fair and Warmer

Born in Rising Fawn, GA (youngest of 5 children) Parents: Dr. John S. Allison and Nannie Virginia Wise Sisters: Maude, Verda, Zetta Brother: Herschel Mother Lived with her in California until her death. After Quirk's death, she met C. N. Osborne in NYC, they were married for over 40 years until his...

66. Mary Anderson

Actress | The False Faces

Mary Anderson was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 28, 1897. She broke into films with C.O.D. (1914) in 1914 when she was just 17 years old. Unfortunately, she didn't get the roles she wanted as the competition for the parts were extremely fierce. Mary's career lasted until 1923, when she made ...

67. Mignon Anderson

Actress | The Heart of a Woman

Mignon Anderson was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1892. Her father was a former vaudeville performer and opera singer who left the stage to go into the insurance business. Her mother, Hallie Howard, was also a former vaudeville performer. Mignon got her show-business start at a very early age--at...

68. Tsuru Aoki

Actress | The Soul of Kura San

Born Aoki Tsuruko, Tsuru emigrated to the United States with her aunt and uncle, who were in the theatre business, in 1903 and found work on stage before moving to film. She had landed in Los Angeles, but soon moved to San Francisco and New York before returning to California. At a time when even ...

69. Leah Baird

Actress | Don't Doubt Your Wife

Leah Baird first made a name for herself in summer stock and traveling stock companies. After playing several leads in the William F. Brady troupe opposite Douglas Fairbanks Vitagraph signed her to a contract. Her peak years in film were from 1916-1918 at which time she was a very popular player. ...

70. Mabel Ballin

Actress | Vanity Fair

Mabel Ballin entered the film business in 1917 when Hugo Ballin, her husband, was having little success with his painting career. She played quite a few leading roles at the World Film Co. and was a well-known and popular actress at the time. However, after World War I her career momentum slowed ...

71. Madge Kennedy

Actress | Marathon Man

In 1906, Madge went to New York City to study at the Art Students League where she hoped to become an illustrator. This lasted until she appeared in a student musical, which led to a full time job in a traveling stock company. By 1912, Madge was a Broadway Star with the bedroom farce "Little Miss ...

72. Bessie Barriscale

Actress | Rose of the Rancho

Bessie Barriscale was born on September 30, 1884 in Hoboken, New Jersey, USA as Elizabeth Barry Scale. She was an actress and producer, known for Rose of the Rancho (1914), Home (1916) and The Painted Soul (1915). She was married to Howard Hickman. She died on June 30, 1965 in Kentfield, California...

73. Viola Barry

Actress | Martin Eden

Viola Barry was born on March 4, 1894 in Evanston, Illinois, USA as Gladys Viola Wilson. She was an actress, known for Martin Eden (1914), The Sea Wolf (1913) and Coals of Fire (1911). She was married to F. McGrew Willis and Jack Conway. She died on April 2, 1964 in Hollywood, California, USA.

74. Ouida Bergère

Actress | Mates and Mis-Mates

Diminutive red-headed actress, playwright and screenwriter. Her marriage to star actor Basil Rathbone was one of the most enduring in show business, lasting from 1926 until his death in 1967. The Rathbones were legendary in the 1930's for giving the most lavish Hollywood parties at their luxurious ...

75. Dorothy Bernard

Actress | The Rainbow

Dorothy Bernard was born on June 25, 1890 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa as Nora Dorothy Bernard. She was an actress, known for The Rainbow (1917), The Little Gypsy (1915) and The Wild Goose (1921). She was married to A.H. Van Buren. She died on December 15, 1955 in Hollywood, California, USA.

76. Doris Kenyon

Actress | The Road to Singapore

The daughter of a poet, Doris Kenyon made her stage and screen debuts in 1915. She was often cast as a pleasant heroine in many silent films. She co-starred with popular silent-era actors like Rudolph Valentino and her future husband Milton Sills. Due to her stage experience she made a smooth ...

77. Vivian Rich

Actress | On the Border

Vivian Rich was born on May 26, 1893 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She was an actress and writer, known for On the Border (1913), A World of Folly (1920) and Would You Forgive? (1920). She was married to Ralph W. Jesson. She died on November 17, 1957 in Hollywood, California, USA.

78. Sylvia Breamer

Actress | Doubling for Romeo

Sylvia Breamer was one of a flock of Australians who came to Hollywood in the early silent era. She had been a stage actress in her native Sydney for several years, and had played in several Australian productions of American stage plays, which met with great success. Hoping to capitalize on that ...

79. Gladys Brockwell

Actress | Oliver Twist

The daughter of actress Billie Brockwell, Brockwell first appeared on the stage at the age of three. She made her screen debut in Philadelphia for the Lubin Company in 1913, later working with D.W. Griffith. Joining Fox Studios, Brockwell was one of the busiest actresses in town and easily made the...

80. Gladys Cooper

Actress | My Fair Lady

Gladys Cooper was the daughter of journalist William Frederick Cooper and his wife Mabel Barnett. As a child she was very striking and was used as a photographic model beginning at six years old. She wanted to become an actress and started on that road in 1905 after being discovered by Seymour ...

81. Gladys Hulette

Actress | Tol'able David

The daughter of an opera star turned actress, Gladys Hulette began her career as a three-year old on the stage. On Broadway from 1906, she played juvenile leads in "The Kreutzer Sonata" and "A Doll's House". She was also Tyltyl in "The Blue Bird". A genuine pioneer of the movies, Gladys first ...

82. Catherine Calvert

Actress | The Career of Katherine Bush

Catherine Calvert was born on April 20, 1890 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Catherine Cassidy. She was an actress, known for The Career of Katherine Bush (1919), The Heart of Maryland (1921) and The Green Caravan (1922). She was married to George A. Carrothers and Paul Armstrong. She died on ...

83. Edith Johnson

Actress | Fighting Fate

Edith Johnson's combination of luck and beauty ensured her a Hollywood career. The luck occurred because of her growing up in Rochester, New York, the home of the Eastman Kodak Co. Her beauty resulted in her being appointed by Kodak as "The Kodak Girl," with her face appearing in virtually all of ...

84. Jane Novak

Actress | Colleen of the Pines

A soulful, fragile-looking blonde beauty, silent screen star Jane Novak was born in St. Louis, Missouri on January 12, 1896, and supposedly began her film career at age 17 when a director took to a photo of the young girl on the makeup table of her own aunt, the film star Anne Schaefer. From 1913 ...

85. Edith Storey

Actress | The Christian

According to an article in The Paterson (New Jersey) Morning Call of 15 April 1921, she had just returned "...to the screen after a long absence, during which she was busy making history in Europe as a driver of one of the American hospital corps ambulances." Other accounts say she did this in New ...

86. June Caprice

Actress | A Child of the Wild

June Caprice was a character actress in the silent film era. She broke into film with Fox Film Corporation, where she was directed by Harry F. Millarde in eight productions. The two began a personal relationship, married, and had a daughter, June Millarde. During the 1920s she appeared on calendars...

87. Zena Keefe

Actress | La vie de Bohème

Zena Keefe was born in San Francisco, California, on June 26, 1896. The actress who was to make a total of 28 films started her career at the age of 16 when she played a bit part in The Hieroglyphic (1912). After The Gamblers (1912) later that year, four years elapsed before she would appear ...

88. Dolores Cassinelli

Actress | Christopher Columbus

Dolores Cassinelli was born on July 4, 1888 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Elvere Dolores Cassinelli. She was an actress, known for Christopher Columbus (1923), Jamestown (1923) and Tarnished Reputations (1920). She died on April 26, 1984 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.

89. Barbara Castleton

Actress | On Trial

Barbara Castleton was born on September 14, 1894 in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. She was an actress, known for On Trial (1917), The Net (1923) and Just Sylvia (1918). She died on December 23, 1978 in Boca Raton, Florida, USA.

90. Françoise Rosay

Actress | La kermesse héroïque

Françoise Rosay was born on April 19, 1891 in Paris, France as Françoise Bandy de Nalèche. She was an actress and writer, known for Carnival in Flanders (1935), Le petit café (1931) and Johnny Frenchman (1945). She was married to Jacques Feyder. She died on March 28, 1974 in Montgeron, ...

91. Mia May

Actress | Hilde Warren und der Tod

Mia May was a minor film actress in Germany who was born in 1884 with the birth name of Maria Pfleger. Her film career didn't start until she was 34 years old when she appeared in the production of HILDE WARREN UND DER TOD in 1917.

92. Ethel Clayton

Actress | The Man Hunt

Silent-screen actress Ethel Clayton was a convent-educated girl from Champaign, IL, who sought work as a stage actress after finishing her education. She secured small parts here and there, but hit the big time when she went to work for the Frawley Organization, which had several touring stock ...

93. Marguerite Clayton

Actress | The Night Workers

Marguerite Clayton was born on April 12, 1891 in Ogden, Utah, USA as Margaret Fitzgerald. She was an actress, known for The Night Workers (1917), The Dream Doll (1917) and Men in the Raw (1923). She was married to Victor Bertrandias. She died on December 20, 1968 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

94. Ruth Clifford

Actress | The Dramatic Life of Abraham Lincoln

American actress, originally of leading roles, whose career lasted from silent days into the television era. A native of Rhode Island, she attended St. Mary's Seminary in Narragansett, Rhode Island, then, following her mother's death in 1911, came to Los Angeles as a teenager to live with her ...

95. Marguerite Courtot

Actress | The Unbeliever

Little-known today but regarded in her time as one of the screen's great beauties, New Jersey-born Marguerite Courtot was sent in 1909, at age 12, to be educated in a European convent. By the time she returned to the US she had blossomed into such a beauty that she soon had a career as a top ...

96. Lucy Cotton

Actress | Life Without Soul

Lucy Cotton was born on August 29, 1895 in Houston, Texas, USA. She was an actress, known for Life Without Soul (1915), The Miracle of Love (1919) and Blind Love (1920). She was married to Prince Vladimir Eristavi-Tchitcherine, W. F. Magraw, Charles Hann Jr., Col. Lytton Gray Ament and Edward ...

97. Emmy Wehlen

Actress | The Duchess of Doubt

Emmy Wehlen was born in 1887 in Mannheim, Germany as Emily Wehlen. She was an actress, known for The Duchess of Doubt (1917), Miss Robinson Crusoe (1917) and The Pretenders (1916). She died in 1977.

98. Evelyn Greeley

Actress | Bulldog Drummond

Evelyn Greeley's life before becoming a film star is somewhat mysterious, but she appears to have been born in Austria as Evelyn Huber in 1888. She later attended the University School for Girls in Chicago and the Frances Shimer Academy (now known as Shimer College), which offered high-level ...

99. Vola Vale

Actress | Who Cares

Considered in her day to be one of the screen's great beauties, Vola Vale was born born Violet Smith in Buffalo, New York, and grew up in Rochester. As a youngster she appeared in amateur stage productions in Rochester, and at age 15 made her film debut under her real name (she didn't use Vola Vale...

100. Dorothy Davenport

Actress | Human Wreckage

The Davenport family was well known in theatrical circles. Her aunt, Fanny Davenport was considered one of the greatest stage actresses of her time and her father, Harry Davenport, was a Broadway star before later venturing into movies. Her mother, Alice Davenport, was a respected Broadway and film...



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