When we think of silent movie stars we inevitably think of Garbo, Charlie Chaplin, Rudolph Valentino as well as perhaps Lillian Gish (not forgetting the quintessential flappers Clara Bow and Louise Brooks). But for every movie icon there were hundreds of actresses who appeared in silent movies whose names haven’t stood the test of time in the same way, either because of tragic early death, as in the case of Florence La Badie, or because they were eclipsed by brighter stars.
Here are some beautiful publicity photos of the silent movie stars of the 1910s and 20s who aren’t so well-known. Aren’t the photos gorgeous? I particularly love the photo of La Badie, whose life was tragically cut short aged just 29. It sounds like she could have been a true movie icon had she survived.
Above: Viola Dana started her career as a child actress and continued making silent movies throughout the 1920s.
Which is your favourite from the photos above, and have you seen any movies starring any of these actresses?
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