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Vamps From Silent Films

written by: thaibob
 
Here are some of the vamps that were the direct opposite of stars like Mary Pickford and Lilian Gish. They bring back memories of my youth. I hope you learn something.

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She earned the nickname "The Vamp" because of her femme fatale film roles. She was ranked third in popularity behind Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford. Between 1914 and 1926 she made 40 films, only 6 of which have survived.
Pola Negri
Musidora
Olga Petrova
Theda Bara


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She is considered by many to be the first true vamp since her movie roles pre-dated the others. She was the first person to form her own production company with financial help from her mother. She hired her lover as a director and produced 11 films, starring in 6 of them, from 1912 to 1914.
Estelle Taylor
Rosemary Theby
Virginia Pearson
Helen Gardner


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She was born Mary Dooley in New York City in 1894. She was paired with Rudolph Valentino in "Blood and Sand" (1922) and Cecil B. Demille's "Ten Commandments"(1924). She also found time to pose topless for pin-up artist Alberto Vargas.
Valeska Suratt
Pola Negri
Jetta Goudal
Nita Naldi


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She appeared in over 110 movies from 1912 to 1925, the first being "When the Heart Calls". Her first vamp role was as Mademoiselle Poppea in "The Toast of Death". Her last film was a comeback try "Fifty Fifty" with Lionel Barrymore. After this she returned to vaudeville and plays.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)
Pola Negri
Louise Glaum
Musidora
Valeska Suratt


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Unfortunately, none of her 11 films survived but pictures of her on stage are around. Her nickname was "The Vampire Woman" of the silent screen. Her other nickname "Empress of Fashion" became synonymous of brilliant gowns. In fact, in the film "The Soul of Broadway" she wore over 150 gowns.
Valeska Suratt
Virginia Pearson
Estelle Taylor
Helen Gardner


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She was born Jeanne Roques in Paris and her most famous role was as Irma Vep in the 1915 serial film "Les Vampires" by director Louis Feuillade. Her name means 'gift of the muses' in Greek.
Zimina
Charmion
Dagmar
Musidora


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She made 51 films between 1910 to 1932, including "Phantom of the Opera" (1925).
Virginia Pearson
Jetta Goudal
Rosemary Theby
Helen Gardner


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She was one of the few silent actresses that made it into the 'talkie' era of pictures. Between 1911 and 1940 she appeared in about 250 films. She played Celia in a shortened version of "As You Like It" (1912), her first big film hit.
Virginia Pearson
Rosemary Theby
Estelle Taylor
Helen Gardner


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She was born Muriel Harding in England but became famous under a stage name. She appeared first in vaudeville in the US and then in over 25 films in her 7-year film career. Unfortunately, most of these have been lost. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of fame.
Louise Watson
Mary Fuller
Ann Brody
Olga Petrova


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Nora Charles, wife of the Thin Man, started as a vamp in "What Price Beauty?" in 1925. She played characters of Asian or Eurasian background until 1932 when she became associated with musical roles. Nothing big happened until her role in "Manhattan Melodrama" in 1934.
Thelma Ritter
Clara Bow
Myrna Loy
Joan Crawford


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She has got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as well as an honorary award from the German Film Industry. It is said that she was "born in Poland, "made" in Germany and, stolen by Hollywood". She was the first Continental star imported into the US.
Helen Gardner
Pola Negri
Marion Davies
Mae Murray


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Born in Amsterdam Holland, she left in 1918 for America and posed as a Parisian because she wanted to hide her Dutch Jewish ancestry. After appearing on Broadway in 1921, she headed for Hollywood and was cast in a minor role in 1922. Then she appeared in "The Bright Shawl" (1923).
Jetta Goudal
Anita Page
Carol Dempster
Alice Brady


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She was once married to boxer Jack Demsey. Her career started with the 1919 film "The Golden Shower" and ended with the 1945 film "The Southerner". In "Don Juan" (1926) she starred opposite John Barrymore. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Estelle Taylor
Gilda Fontaine
Helen Maynard
Adele Warren


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