Silent Film Stars

Edith Johnson

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Edith Johnson (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“It has become almost impossible for young women without previous theatrical experience to secure engagements in motion picture productions. Long lists of experienced theatrical people are waiting for engagements and there is little opportunity for the amateurs to gain a livelihood via motion picture acting. And some of these girls would be sadly disillusioned, too, […]

Silent Film Stars

Edith Roberts

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Edith Roberts (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“Women have a greater psychic sense than men. I believe this is due to the fact that women so long have been classed as the weaker sex, and they found it necessary to arm themselves with subtle weapons tet the superior physical power of the male. And they found that their strongest weapon would be […]

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 […]

Silent Film Stars

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)   Picture Play Magazine, October 1923.     “An attractive woman is one who knows how to wear her clothes well. Part of […]

Celebrity Portraits

Ricardo Cortez

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Ricardo Cortez (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“Cortez‘s real name is Jack Kranze. He became Ricardo Cortez in 1922 when Lasky wanted a studio threat to his big star, Rudolph Valentino.  Kranze-Cortez came from New York’s East Side, son of a well-to-do Jewish family.” – Reporter Bill Slocum in 1958.        

Silent Film Stars

Lya de Putti

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The first English word Hungarian silent film star Lya de Putti learned when she came to America to make movies was "Applesauce," which was 1920s slang for "nonsense." (Bizarre Los Angeles)

The first English word Hungarian silent film star Lya de Putti learned when she came to America to make movies was “Applesauce,” which was 1920s slang for “nonsense.”     De Putti was the subject of many sensational stories in Europe before coming to Hollywood. Below is one of those stories. There is no author to […]

Famous Visitors

Ramon Novarro – photos and quotes

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Ramon Novarro (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“You never see a high-class Mexican on the screen. It is always the poor, uneducated peasant or bandit. Consequently, the American people have come to look upon the Mexicans as a nation of cutthroats. The jails of America are full of criminals and there are just as many more of them at large. But this […]

Silent Film Stars

Virginia Lee Corbin

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Virginia Lee Corbin (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“Oh, you know, I’m going to be a dramatic actress. Yes, by all means. Nothing else is so much fun as that. Oh, I love to cry!” — child star Virginia Lee Corbin in 1921. She was either 6 or 10 years old at the time (due to conflicting accounts of her birth year). Corbin […]