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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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A Fool There Was The Vampire
(1915)
When a Woman Sins Lilian Marchard / Poppea
(1918)
Camille Marguerite Gautier
(1917)

Filmography

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 1926 Madame Mystery (Short)
Madame Mysterieux
 1925 The Unchastened Woman
Caroline Knollys
 1919 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 Madame Du Barry
Madame Du Barry
 1917 The Rose of Blood
Lisza Tapenka
 1917 Cleopatra
Cleopatra
 1917 Camille
Marguerite Gautier
 1917 Heart and Soul
Jess
 1917 Her Greatest Love
Vera Herbert
 1917 The Tiger Woman
Princess Petrovitch
 1917 The Darling of Paris
Esmeralda
 1916 The Vixen
Elsie Drummond
 1916/I Romeo and Juliet
Juliet
 1916 Her Double Life
Mary Doone
 1916 Under Two Flags
Cigarette
 1916 East Lynne
Lady Isabel Carlisle
 1916 The Eternal Sappho
Laura Bruffins
 1916 Gold and the Woman
Juliet DeCordova
 1916 The Serpent
Vania Lazar
 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/I Lady Audley's Secret
Helen Talboys
 1915 The Devil's Daughter
La Gioconda
 1915 The Clemenceau Case
Iza
 1915 Kreutzer Sonata
Celia Friedlander
 1915 A Fool There Was
The Vampire
 1914 The Stain
Gang Moll (as Theodosia Goodman)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Radio: Texaco Star Theatre, 60 minutes, CBS. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 5 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | 44 Articles | 7 Pictorials | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Theo DeCoppet | Theodosia Goodman

Height:

5' 6" (1.68 m)

Spouse:

Charles Brabin  (her death)

Relatives:

Lori Bara (sibling)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I have the face of a vampire, but the heart of a feminist. See more »

Trivia:

Theda Bara Way, Fort Lee, New Jersey is named after her. See more »

Trademark:

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

Nickname:

The Vamp See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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