Forgotten Silent Film Actresses

By | Jul 3, 2007

Virginia Bradford (1900-1992)
She enjoyed a brief Hollywood career in the mid 1920’s. She played mostly supporting roles.
Virginia Bradford

Norma Talmadge (1893-1957)
She was one of the greatest stars of the silent era and a major box office draw. She was also involved in film productions with the Norma Talmadge Film Corporation. Her voice did not lend well to talking pictures and after a couple of disappointing films retired.
Norma Talmadge

Pola Negri (1894-1987)
She was a polish actress who made films portraying herself as a Vamp. Her career began in German films, but in the early 1920’s moved to Hollywood. With the introduction of talking pictures her Vamp style fell out of vogue and Her accented voice did not appeal to the film goers of the time.
Pola Negri

Theda Bara (1885-1955)
She was another who portrayed the Vamp in her pictures. She was one of the most famous movie stars, ranking behind only Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford in popularity. After her marriage to film director Charles Brabin, her career slowed until she finally retired in 1926.
Theda Bara

Louise Brooks (1906-1985)
She appeared towards the end of the Silent era playing the lead female roles in a number of light comedies and flapper films. In the late 1920’s she left Hollywood for Germany making films that were classified as “very adult” and considered shocking. When she returned to Hollywood she was effectively blacklisted.
Louise Brooks

Colleen Moore (1900-1988)
She was one of the most fashionable of the Hollywood stars. Moore playing a vivacious flapper caused a sensation making her one of the most talked about actresses of her day. Her roles were mostly light comedy. Her roles in talking pictures were in films that weren’t very successful and retired in 1934. She perhaps now is more known for a Doll House she worked on from 1928 until her death, presently at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago or her book on the stock market published in 1969.
Colleen Moore

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2 Comments so far
  1. Scratch March 13, 2009 9:31 pm

    Hey! Aren’t they all beautiful!

  2. Doug November 3, 2009 2:31 pm

    I would have loved to have met them. Born too late….


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