Sunday with silent film star, Theda Bara

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  1. October 6, 2013

    Holy Mary Mother of God! Where did you find this photo? Beautiful and a full 180 from her Cleopatra.

    • October 6, 2013

      The eyeliner is just a touch lighter! I Googled Theda Bara and amidst the Cleos was Holy Mary 😉 .

  2. Heather in Arles
    October 6, 2013

    I don’t know her story and yet she seems to me to have been a self-determined star…?

    • October 6, 2013

      Theda was the Vamp, one of the top box office draws of the silent era and an early femme fatale of cinema… most of her films were lost (silver nitrate, highly flammable) in a fire at Fox in 1937… of the over 40 movies she made only six are still in existence.

  3. October 6, 2013

    I love her. If The Chef and I are lucky enough to have a daughter, she will be named Theda. We actually live about 2 miles from Theda’s old neighborhood (where she was born and lived until she was 23).

    • October 6, 2013

      And moved to Chicago? Isn’t that where Essanay Studios was – or was it NY? Help me out Silent Film Sage!

      • October 6, 2013

        She moved to New York in 1908. She wanted to be a stage star, actually, not a movie star.

  4. October 6, 2013

    Now that is a full Nimbus.

    • October 6, 2013

      And a very nice one, too!

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