Theda Bara: A Biography of the Silent Screen Vamp, with a Filmography

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Theda Bara: A Biography of the Silent Screen Vamp, with a Filmography

Format:  Paperback,

158 pages

Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc Pub

Publish Date: Apr 2012

ISBN-13: 9780786469185

ISBN-10: 0786469188

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Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc Pub
Publish Date: Apr 2012
ISBN-13: 9780786469185
ISBN-10: 0786469188
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 158
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 0.5 x 8.9
Walmart No.: 9780786469185

Chapter outline

Prefacep. vii
ANice Jewish Girl from Cincinnatip. 1
Dyed Hair, Painted Faces and Hollywoodp. 7
Theodosia Becomes Theda; Woman Becomes Vampirep. 13
A Fool There Wasp. 21
A Film a Monthp. 27
The Reel Vampire, the Real Thedap. 53
The Vampire: Desired and Despisedp. 63
The Vamp's Influence Sells War Bonds and Sexp. 71
Vamped to Deathp. 79
Wedding Bells and Career Death Knellsp. 87
Bara, Brabin and Beverly Hillsp. 101
Other Starts, No Finishesp. 111
Inactive but Not Forgottenp. 117
A "Notable Womanp. 123
Stage and Screen Appearancesp. 127
Bibliographyp. 137
Indexp. 151

Book description

Despite being a mediocre actress with less than classic beauty, Theda Bara was one of Hollywood's leading performers in the early years of cinema. Her success was mostly due to Fox Studio's publicity: they made her a screen vamp and used her to titillate the public. And Theda Bara, ambitious and nearing 30 when she made her first film, enthusiastically played the role.

In real life, Theodosia Goodman bore little resemblance to the vampish Theda Bara character. But the studio-created persona, with the invented name, evil personality and fictional history, was a major star. Though her films were often trite, poorly acted, extravagant and crude, the public packed movie houses. But her film career ended once the public tired of the persona. Through contemporary newspaper accounts, film reviews, interviews and other sources, this is a comprehensive account of the life and times of one of Hollywood's first female stars.

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