Forgotten Stars

Sheila Terry

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Sheila Terry

“You learn to crawl before you walk, and breaking into pictures is the same thing. I don’t think I’ll play anymore secretaries, but I was glad to do them – every one was training.” — Sheila Terry in 1933   “B. P. Schulberg borrows Sheila Terry from Warners for the second lead in Madame Butterfly. I’m […]

Directors/Producers

W.S. Van Dyke – photos and quotes

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W.S. Van Dyke

“Yep, this business is the biggest gamble. It’s very true here that prosperity is just around the corner. And there are a lot of corners in making pictures.” — W.S. Van Dyke Source: 1937   “There’s a movie boner in ‘Naughty Marietta’ which no one noticed. I’m surprised no one saw it. Miss MacDonald is […]

Forgotten Stars

Nora Gregor

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Nora Gregor

“But I knew no English then. In fact, my English is just six weeks old. Of course, I took lessons back in Germany but made no headway. Then I come to America again six weeks ago and live in Michigan and study and study because I want to be real Hollywood actress.” — Nora Gregor […]

Silent Film Stars

Sidney Smith

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Sidney Smith

Silent film comedian Sidney Smith (often billed as Sid Smith) reads the Los Angeles Evening Herald while being groomed in a shabby, run-down bathroom. He died on July 4, 1928, from ingesting poisoned alcohol during a drinking binge that had lasted several days. Apparently, Smith had attended a party at a Santa Monica beach house […]

Forgotten Stars

Sidney Fox

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Sidney Fox

“My greatest cross is that my face and body don’t match my mind and soul. People expect me to be an ingénue, a baby doll, and they’re terribly disappointed when they find I’m not. At parties, I’ve seen men ask to be introduced to me, and I knew they thought I was attractive, but after […]

Silent Film Stars

Vedah Bertram – photos and quotes

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Vedah Bertram

“Well, I am not particularly proud of any of my work, because after viewing it on the screen I can always see where I might have done better….I enjoy seeing my errors in order that I may perfect myself.” — Vedah Bertram in 1912   “I studied at Wellesley four years, and then I went […]

Character Actors

Ned Finley – photos and quotes

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Ned Finley

“You know, most anybody can be nice, but you’ve got some work ahead of you to make everybody in the audience honestly hate you. The villains generally have the best acting parts in the story. They make the situations for the hero-boys, and make them stand out. If you want to see a leading man lose […]

Silent Film Stars

Alma Rubens – photos and quotes

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Alma Rubens Vamp

“Do you know, I should love to vamp. I’ve had just enough of a taste to know how delicious it is, but, of course, there are vamps and vamps. I shouldn’t care to be a serpentine creature who uncoils herself through several thousand feet of film and prove in the end to be ‘a rag […]