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Jetta Goudal (1891–1985)


Although Dutch-born silent screen femme fatale Jetta Goudal (pronounced Zhett-eh Goo-doll) may be pretty much forgotten today, she was, in her glorious Hollywood heyday, a star rivaling that of Gloria Swanson and fellow vamps Barbara La Marr and Nita Naldi. The daughter of a Jewish orthodox diamond cutter in Amsterdam, she began her career on ... See full bio »

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Known For

Fighting Love Donna Vittoria
(1927)
Salome of the Tenements Sonya Mendel (segment "Salome")
(1925)
Her Man o' War Cherie Schultz
(1926)
Le spectre vert Lady Efra
(1930)

Filmography

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 1932 Business and Pleasure
Madame Momora
 1930 Le spectre vert
Lady Efra
 1929 Lady of the Pavements
Countess Diane des Granges
 1928 The Cardboard Lover
Simone
 1927 The Forbidden Woman
Zita Gautier
 1927 White Gold
Dolores Carson
 1927 Fighting Love
Donna Vittoria
 1926 Her Man o' War
Cherie Schultz
 1926 Paris at Midnight
Delphine Goriot
 1926 Three Faces East
Miss Hawtree / Fräulein Marks
 1925 The Road to Yesterday
Malena Paulton
 1925 The Coming of Amos
Princess Nadia Ramiroff
 1925 Salome of the Tenements
Sonya Mendel (segment "Salome")
 1925 The Spaniard
Dolores Annesley
 1924 Open All Night
Lea
 1923 The Green Goddess
Ayah
 1923 The Bright Shawl
La Pilar
 1922 Timothy's Quest
Sick Mother (uncredited)
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 1962 The Great Chase (Documentary)
 1933 Hollywood on Parade No. B-5 (Short)
Herself (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Publicity Listings:

19 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on her alleged temperamentality] I came here as a foreigner: I had not been married or divorced: there was no scandal attached to my name. They had to say something about me, so the publicity departments wrote stories of their own fantasy and called me temperamental and hard to handle. They ended up believing their own creations. See more »

Trivia:

Her 1927 lawsuit against Cecil B. DeMille set a precedent in establishing a star's rights. She did remain friendly with DeMille even after her victory. In later years she became active in Actors Equity's fight for the unionization of film actors. She became known as the "Joan of Arc of Equity." See more »

Nickname:

The Joan of Arc of Equity

Star Sign:

Cancer

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