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Valeska Suratt (1882–1962)


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 Broadway in 1906 in the musical The Belle of Mayfair. The... See full bio »

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Known For

She Ayesha, aka 'She'
(1917)
The Soul of Broadway Grace Leonard, aka La Valencia
(1915)
The Victim Ruth Merrill
(1916)
A Rich Man's Plaything Marie Grandon
(1917)

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 1917 A Rich Man's Plaything
Marie Grandon
 1917 Wife Number Two
Emma Rolfe
 1917 The Siren
Cherry Millard
 1917/I The Slave
Caroline
 1917 She
Ayesha, aka 'She'
 1917 The New York Peacock
Zena
 1916 The Victim
Ruth Merrill
 1916 Jealousy
Anne Baxter
 1916 The Straight Way
Mary Madison
 1915 The Immigrant
Masha
 1915 The Soul of Broadway
Grace Leonard, aka La Valencia
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 1915 Mutual Weekly, No. 43 (Short)
Self
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Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)

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Trivia:

She only appeared in 11 movies, mostly as vamps and seductress types, between 1915 and 1917. William Fox had purchased the film rights to "A Fool There Was" about a young diplomat seduced and ruined by a woman only known as "The Vampire." Fox considered and rejected Suratt for the part and then chose Theda Bara. The role launched Bara into super-stardom as a "vamp" and relegated Suratt to similar... See more »

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Her wild fashions and her fashion sense

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