Not only was Hattie McDaniel the first African American to win an Academy Award but she was also the first African American to sing on the radio. Some of her movies include: The Little Colonel (1935), China Seas (1935), Alice … Continue reading
During the silent era Gloria Swanson was the Queen of Hollywood. She was a modern woman, an early sex symbol and personified glamour. Swanson was one of the most photographed women in the world. She had to fight to prove … Continue reading
Myrna Loy started out playing Vamps in silent movies. She also played characters of Asian background. She is probably best known as Nora Charles starring opposite William Powell in the Thin Man (1934) series. Loy and Powell starred in 14 … Continue reading
Thelma Todd was a beautiful blonde sometimes called The Ice Cream Blonde or Hot Toddy. She was a comedian who started out in the silent era of films and was able to transition to talkies. She was Miss Massachusetts of … Continue reading
Do you recognize this actress? How about now? Long before she was Glinda the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz (1939) Billie Burke began her career on the stage in 1903. Her first movie Peggy was in 1916. The … Continue reading
Long before Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield there was Jean Harlow, the original platinum blonde bombshell. She embodied sex and was the first actress on the cover of Life Magazine.
Hollywood: A Celebration of American Silent Film is a comprehensive documentary on the silent era. It was directed by Kevin Brownlow and David Gill with narration by James Mason. It was released in 1980 by Thames Television with each 13-part … Continue reading
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Vilma Banky began her acting career in 1919 in Hungary. She was brought to the United States by Samuel Goldwyn in 1925 and was called “The Hungarian Rhapsody”. She had three talkies and out of her 24 films, only 8 … Continue reading