Forgotten Stars

Muriel Gardner

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Muriel Gardner (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Muriel Gardner is another one of those elusive, forgotten performers of the past. Described as a “blond easy to look at” and “one of the finest dancers west of Chicago,” Gardner’s film work was sparse; however, she was employed by Fanchon & Marco quite often in the late 1920s through the early 1930s as a performer […]

Forgotten Stars

Gertrude Hoffman

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Gertrude Hoffman

“Meet every obstacle with a smile. Oh, yes, it can be done. There have been times in my life when I didn’t laugh – when I felt I had the weight of the world on my shoulders, and as a result I have had to go to bed and receive medical aid. But that time […]

Forgotten Stars

Tillie Losch

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Tillie Losch

“Offers to come to Hollywood have been many. But I always refused unless I could play an important dramatic role. I did not wish to be just the dancer in a picture.” — Tilly Losch, pictured here in 1929 while in Great Britain.

Silent Film Stars

Irene Castle – photos and quotes

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Irene Castle

“I like pictures better. It was different when we first started in. Then it was a novelty. Now debutantes and grandmothers are rivals in learning new steps, and all enjoy dancing themselves more than watching other people do it.” — Irene Castle Source: Nance Monde (1917) Like the photo above? Purchase your Fine Art America […]

Celebrity Portraits

Maud Allan

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Maud Allan Salome

“My Salome costume seems to me far more decent than those directoire dresses, or the bathing garments worn by respectable women – who have no intention of bathing in them – on the beach. And I am sure, quite sure, it is more decent than some of the gowns worn in opera houses. I feel […]

Silent Film Stars

Gilda Gray – photos and quotes

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Gilda Gray

“I’d like to correct one impression created by the pictures generally taken of me. I really do have and do wear clothes.” — Gilda Gray  Source: Wayne Weishaar (1926) Photo: Aloma of the South Seas (1926)   Photos: Charles Sheldon   “Fortunate to have blonde hair? Yes, I suppose I am but I can’t understand […]

Bizarre Personalities

Valdeo & the Countess Adrienne de Coriche

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Valdeo

The lives of few entertainers have ever matched that of actress/dancer/vaudevillian Valdeo Lord Parker and her mother, Maude. Both performed under many aliases throughout their lives, which requires a lot of reading between the lines to understand who they were and what happened to them. According to U.S. Census records, Valdeo was born in Lincoln, […]