Posts Tagged ‘silent films’


What is tattoo Tuesday about?

August 5, 2014

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Theda Bara was an American silent film and stage actress. Bara was one of the most popular actresses of the silent era, and one of cinema’s earliest sex symbols. Her femme fatale roles earned her the nickname The Vamp. – Wikipedia

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Theda Bara’s persona was an early Hollywood creation.  Fox studios made up a history of her parents and upbringing.  The photos of her remind me of a Gibson Girl gone Goth and, in spite of the erotic and just plain weird costumes, there is a certain innocence about her. She probably spent a fortune on eye makeup, though.  She was born Theodosia Burr Goodman on July 29, 1885 in Cincinnati, Ohio, of all places.



Since it is tattoo Tuesday, here is one honoring Theda Bara.

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Whose birthday am I celebrating today?

July 29, 2012

Silent screen star, Theda Bara.  Born Theodosia Burr Goodman in Cincinnati, Ohio, on July 29, 1885. She grew up in that city and attended the University of Cincinnati for two years before traveling west.  She was one of Hollywood’s first sex symbols.  Here is a lovely tribute to this star that shows some of her exotic costumes, which contributed to her reputation as a femme fatale.  I wish I has the chutzpah to wear snakes like that.

video credit: Basil Nelson


For whose closeup am I ready?

March 27, 2012

Happy Birthday to Gloria Swanson, born March 27, 1897

Swanson was a prominent silent film actress.  Unfortunately, many of her films, including those which received the greatest critical acclaim, have not survived.  Later in her career, she became known for her portrayal of Nora Desmond, a caricature of an aging silent film star, in Sunset Boulevard.