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Theda Bara

Highest Rated:   100% Romeo and Juliet (1916)
Lowest Rated:   33% Unchastened Woman (1925)
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Birthplace:   Avondale, Ohio, USA
Although publicized as an Egyptian of royal lineage, silent film actress Theda Bara was actually born Theodosia Goodman in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her exotic good looks brought her to the attention of Fox studios in 1914; reasoning that there were too many sweet little ingenues in films of that period, Fox decided to create a worldly "vamp" character, a woman who could destroy men with little more than a sexy glance. The studio changed Theodosia's name to Theda Bara (which coincidentally was an anagram for "Arab Death"), casting her in a liberal adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's A Fool There Was(1914). She became Fox's biggest star, appearing in as many as ten feature films per year, including Salome (1918) and Cleopatra (1918). Her somewhat overripe histrionics became out of fashion by 1920, so she retired from acting to married life; Bara resurfaced in a "so bad it's good" Broadway play The Blue Flame, then made an unsuccessful film comeback attempt in 1925. Her last screen work was in a two-reel lampoon of her vamp character, Madame Mystery (1926), directed by, of all people, Stan Laurel. Though happily married and fabulously wealthy, Bara never gave up the dream that she might someday return to screen glory; at the time of her death in 1955, Hollywood's casting service directories still listed the actress as "at liberty."

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Many Faces of Cleopatra
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet The Love Goddesses: A History of Sex in the Cinema
  • Actor
1965
33% Unchastened Woman
  • Caroline Knollys
1925
No Score Yet Madame Du Barry (Passion)
  • Countess DuBarry
1919
78% Salome
  • Salome
1919
33% She Devil
  • Lolette
1918
91% Cleopatra
  • Cleopatra
1917
86% The Darling of Paris
  • Esmeralda
1917
No Score Yet Madame du Barry
  • Madame Du Barry
1917
100% Romeo and Juliet
  • Juliet
1916
60% The Eternal Sapho
  • Laura Bruffins
1916
60% The Vixen
  • Elsie Drummond
1916
78% Carmen
  • Carmen
1915
78% A Fool There Was
  • The Vampire
1915
No Score Yet The Devil's Daughter
  • Actor
1915
86% The Galley Slave
  • Actor
1915

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