Forgotten Stars

Maria Frau

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Maria Frau (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Maria Frau was an Italian actress in the 1950s. Because Hollywood filmmakers larged ignored her, she never transitioned into a Hollywood starlet. In 1955, she was hailed as the “latest entrant in the don’t-you-think-that-she-outdoes-Gina-Lollobrigida? sweepstakes.” In 1957, her beauty was briefly compared to that of Dolores Del Rio. The same publicist also claimed that she […]

Silent Film Stars

Lina Cavalieri

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"Stage life taught me to preserve my body. And I believe beauty is to feminine success what coach work is to an automobile." -- Lina Cavalieri (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“Stage life taught me to preserve my body. And I believe beauty is to feminine success what coach work is to an automobile.” — Lina Cavalieri, Italian opera star who was promoted as “the most beautiful woman of Europe” in 1906.   Mad Love (1920)