Silent Film Stars

Dorothy Phillips

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Dorothy Phillips in 1919. (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“The training that the speaking stage affords is of untold value to the screen player. The audible stage is a splendid academy in which one may perfect his or her dramatic art. Drama is essentially the same, whether on the speaking stage or the screen. A good actor of the stage is always a better […]

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Charles Clary

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Silent film star Charles Clary (Bizarre Los Angeles)

CLARY MAIL GOES TO WRONG CLARY FAMILY Los Angeles Evening Express, Oct. 24, 1929 When mail intended for Charles Clary finds its way to the home of Charles Clary you might think that everyone would be satisfied. Yet, that is just what is the trouble. Charles Clary, of the movies, reported today that he is […]

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Ormer Locklear

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Ormer Locklear (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Barnstormer and film actor Ormer Locklear attended a ball with his girlfriend, Viola Dana, at the Alexandria Hotel on Lincoln’s Birthday (February 12)1920. The event was thrown by film actor Wallace Reid. Locklear would die later that year in a plane crash while performing a stunt for the film “The Skywayman.”

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Constance Binney

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Constance Binney (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“All I can say is that it is ecstasy and rapture and inward satisfaction, all combined, to a sublime degree. To know that your ambitions and lifelong dreams have finally been realized is a satisfaction beyond the description in more words. To know that you can make people smile and weep, feel sorry for you, […]

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Lola Salvi – Italian Beauty

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Lola Salvi - Italian beauty (Bizarre Los Angeles)

LOLA SALVI STARTS NEAR TOP May 22, 1928 Lola Salvi [real name: Marcella Battelini] , winner of the Fox contest to establish the most beautiful girl in Italy, has been launched on her motion picture career as a featured player in “Plastered in Paris,” a big comedy drama. She is a native of Trieste, and […]

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Ben F. Wilson

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“I am of the firm opinion that actors’ early hardships are but the caviare that whets their professional appetites, and that without them the game and its results for most of us would be ‘flat, stale and unprofitable.’” — Ben F. Wilson   “Broke and despondent, I was offered work as substitute for a night […]

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Eleanor Boardman

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“I want a career because I am selfish. There is something in my makeup which makes it impossible for me to live entirely for others.” — Eleanor Boardman.  Source: Marjory Adams (1931)   “An attractive woman is one who knows how to wear her clothes well. Part of my beauty recipe consists in giving myself […]

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Edna Murphy

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Edna Murphy

“I’d rather do characters than ingenues any time. I’d like to live as many lives as possible during the course of my own. And the best way I can do that, and still live on my own, is by playing them for motion pictures.” — Edna Murphy Source: Jerry Hoffman (1929)

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Jessalyn Van Trump

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Jessalyn Van Trump (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“Wear your hair and your WALK and not your clothes and your manners, not according to style, but according to you own good sense of fitness, good taste and becomingness. It’s bad enough to affect a style of hair, no matter how unbecoming, just because it is stylish. But when it comes to wearing a […]