Silent MSilent Movie Actresses 








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Tsuru Aoki


Tsuru Aoki (September 9, 1892 – October 18, 1961). Born in Tokyo, Japan, Aoki emigrated to Los Angeles, California in 1903. Married Sessue Hayakawa in 1914.


The Oath of Tsuru San in 1913

The Wrath of the Gods 1914

The Dragon Painter 1919

Aoki plays a woman who convinces mad artist Tatsu (portrayed by Hayakawa) to come down from the mountains

The Geisha (1914)



Gertrude Astor


Gertrude Astor

(November 9, 1877 – November 9, 1977) A tall, angular woman, Astor frequently towered over the leading men of the era; thus, she was most frequently utilized in comedy roles as aristocrats, golddiggers and "heroine's best pal. Her best known silent appearances were as the vamp  who plants stolen money on Harry Langdon in 1926's The Strong Man, and as Laura LaPlante's wisecracking travelling companion in 1927's The Cat and the Canary.




The Gray Ghost (1917)

The Rescue (1917)

Beyond the Rocks 1922

The Stong Man 1926

The Cat and the Canary (1927)



Mary Astor



Mary Astor (May 3, 1906 – September 25, 1987) was an American  actress. Most remembered for her role as Brigid O'Shaughnessy in The Maltese Falcon (1941) with Humphrey Bogart, Astor began her long motion picture  career  as a teenager in the silent movies of the early 1920s.



Don Juan (1926)

Dressed To Kill (1928)

The Rough Riders (1927)

Don Q, Son of Zorro

Two Arabian Knights 1927

A Mary Aster Tribute



Agnes Ayres


Agnes Ayres (April 4, 1898 – December 25, 1940) . Born as Agnes Eyre Henkel in Carbondale, Illinois, she began her career in 1914. In 1921, Ayres shot to stardom when she was cast as Lady Diana Mayo, an English heiress opposite "Latin lover" Rudolph Valentino in The Sheik. Aryes would later reprise her role as Lady Diana in the 1926 sequel Son of the Sheik. Following the release of The Shiek, she went onto have major roles in many other films including The Affairs of Anatol (1921) starring Wallace Reid, Forbidden Fruit (1921), and Cecil B. DeMille's epic The Ten Commandments (1923).By 1923, Ayres' career began to wane following the end of her relationship with Jesse Lasky.She finally retired from acting for good in 1937. After her retirement, Ayres became despondent and was eventually committed to a sanatorium




Held by the Enemy (1920)

The Sheik 1921

The Affairs of Anatol (1921)

Forbidden Fruit (1921)

The Ten Commandments (1923)



Betty Balfour



Betty Balfour (27 March 1903 – 4 November 1977) was an English screen actress. Balfour was the most popular actress in Britain in the 1920s. She starred in Alfred Hitchcock's Champagne in 1928. Her  popularity diminished in the 1930s and she arrempted suicide in 1952 after a failed comeback.


Champagne in 1928



Mabel Ballin



Mabel Ballin (1 January 1887 – 24 July 1958) was an American  motion-picture actress of the silent film era best known for her role in Riders of the Purple Sage (1925).

Riders of the Purple Sage (1925).



Tallulah  Bankhead


Tallulah  Bankhead (January 31, 1902 – December 12, 1968) was born in Huntsville, Alabama. She She became known for her outspokenness and sexual escapades.


The Trap 1919



Vilma Bánky



Vilma Bánky (January 9, 1901 – March 18, 1991) was born in the Austro-Hungarian Empire . On a trip to Budapest in 1925, Hollywood film producer Samuel Goldwyn discovered and signed her to a contract. She appeared with Rudolph Valentino in The Eagle (1925) and The Son of the Sheik (1926)


The Dark Angel  1925

The Eagle (1925)

The Son of the Sheik (1926)



Theda Bara


Theda Bara (July 29, 1885 – April 13, 1955) Bara was one of the most popular screen actresses of her era, and was one of cinema's earliest sex symbols popular for her femme fatale roles. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Theda made more than 40 films between 1914 and 1926. Her film A Fool There Was (1915) was a great success and from that she went on to play many 'vamp' roles. The word 'vamp' comes from the characters Bara played, derived from  Rudyard Kipling's "The Vampire" from which A Fool There Was was based.Cleopatra (1917) became one of her biggest hits.Bara retired after making only one more film, the short comedy Madame Mystery (1926), in which she parodied her vamp image. Out of her 40 films,only  3 remain completely intact.Bara died of stomach cancer in 1955 in Los Angeles



A Fool There Was (1915)

Cleopatra (1917)

Madame Mystery (1926)



Betty Blythe


Betty Blythe (September 1, 1893 – April 7, 1972)she entered films in 1918 at the Vitagraph Studios in Brooklyn, then she was brought to Hollywood's Fox studio as a replacement for actress Theda Bara. As famous for her revealing costumes as for her dramatic skills, she became a star in such exotic films as The Queen of Sheba (1921) and She (1925).


Queen of Sheba (1921)


She (1925)




Bessie Barriscale



Bessie Barriscale (September 30, 1884 – June 30, 1965)


The Gambler's Pal (1913)

The Golden Claw (1915)

The Notorious Mrs. Sands (1920)


Olive Borden


Olive Borden (July 14, 1906 – October 1, 1947)

Three Bad Men  1926

Fig Leaves 1926

The Joy Girl 1927


Clara  Bow





Clara Bow's last film is a talkie which finds her as an older woman seducing an 18-year-old, then turning him into a man while they both work for a travelling carnival. 



Clara Gordon Bow (July 29, 1905 – September 27, 1965) was an American actress who rose to stardom in the silent film era of the 1920s. Her acting artistry and high spirits made her the premier flapper and the film It (1927) made her world famous. Bow came to personify the "roaring twenties" and is described as its leading sex symbol. She endured poverty as a child and a sometines psychotic mother. Bow hadher first big break in the movies playing a "boy" in Down to the Sea in Ships. In 1927, Bow reached the heights of her popularity with the film It; the film was based on a story written by Elinor Glyn, and upon the film's release, Bow became known as "The It Girl".The pressures of fame, public scandals, overwork and a damaging court trial involving former assistant Daisy DeVoe took their toll on Bow's already fragile emotional health. She ended up in a sanatorium in April 1931 Following a brief period away from Hollywood to recover, Bow signed a two-picture deal with Fox Film Corporation and returned to the screen in the early talkie Call Her Savage (1932). Although the film was a success, Bow opted for marriage and motherhood, and ended her film career after the release of Hoop-La the following year.




Down to the Sea in Ships (1922)

Grit 1924

The Primrose Path  1925

The Plastic Age 1925

Mantrap 1926

It 1927

Wings 1927

Hula 1927

The Fleet's In  1928

The Wild Party  1929 (talkie)

Hoopla  1933



Louise Brooks



Mary Louise Brooks (November 14, 1906 – August 8, 1985), generally known by her stage name Louise Brooks, was an American dancer, model, showgirl and silent film actress, famous for pioneering the bobbed haircut. Brooks is best known for her three feature roles including two G. W. Pabst films: in Pandora's Box (1929), Diary of a Lost Girl (1929),Her best American role was in one of the last silent film dramas, Beggars Of Life (1928), as an abused country girl on therun with Richard Arlen and Wallace Beery playing hoboes she meets while riding the rails.On August 8, 1985, Louise Brooks was found dead of a massive heart attack.



It's the Old Army Game  1926

A Girl in Every Port  1928

Beggars of Life  1928

The Canary Murder Case  1929

Pandora's Box 1929

Diary of a lost girl  1929

Prix de Beauté  1930

God's Gift to Women 1931

Windy Riley Goes Hollywood  1931

Overland Stage Raiders  1938


A Louise Brooks interview


 Lulu in Hollywood

by Louise Brooks


Marion Davies


Marion Davies (January 3, 1897 – September 22, 1961) was an American film actress.

The Patsy 1928  

Greta Garbo


Greta Garbo (18 September 1905 – 15 April 1990) was a Swedish actress during Hollywood's silent film period and part of its Golden Age.




Flesh and the Devil 1926

The Joyless Street  1926

a Garbo documentary


Lillian Gish



Lillian Gish posters 



Lillian Diana Gish (October 14, 1893 – February 27, 1993)[1]  was an American stage, screen and television actress whose film acting career spanned 75 years, from 1912 to 1987.In 1912, their friend Mary Pickford introduced the sisters to D. W. Griffith, and helped get them contracts with Biograph Studios.She was a prominent film star of the 1910s and 1920s, particularly associated with the films of director D.W. Griffith, including her leading role in Griffith's seminal Birth of a Nation (1915).Lillian went on to star in many of Griffith's most acclaimed films, including The Birth of a Nation (as Elsie), Intolerance, Broken Blossoms, Way Down East and Orphans of the Storm. One of the enduring images of Gish's silent film years is the climax of the melodramatic Way Down East (1920), in which Gish's character floats unconscious on an ice floe towards a raging waterfall, her long hair trailing in the water.Lillian Gish never married nor had children.She was anoutspoken non-interventionist before WW 2.



An Unseen Enemy 1912

The Massacre 1912

In the Aisles of the Wild (1912)

The Painted Lady (1912)

The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912)

Oil and Water 1913

A Misunderstood Boy (1913)

The House of Darkness (1913)

The Mothering Heart (1913)

The Green-Eyed Devil (1914)

The Battle of the Sexes  (1914)

The Birth of a Nation (1915)

Way Down East (1920)

Romola (1924)

La Bohème 1926

The Wind  1928

Lillian Gish introduction to The Wind

The Whales of August  1987



Musidora (23 February 1889 – 11 December 1957) was the stage name of Jeanne Roques, a popular French silent film actress. She became famous for her vamp roles in such film serials as Les Vampires and Judex, in which she developed a persona comparable to that of Theda Bara

Les Vampires 1915

Les Vampires 

Vampish villainess Irma Vep, along with her jewel-filching gang, terrorizes Paris in this complete collection of the intrigue-laden French silent serials



Natalie Kingston


Natalie Kingston (19 May 1905 - 2 February 1991) was an American actress.  Kingston was born in Vallejo, California. Starting her career as an actress on Broadway, she moved into films in the early 1920s, her first appearance being in The Daredevil (1923). She joined the Mack Sennett studios in 1924, and co-starred with Harry Langdon in a series of comedy films including Remember When? (1925) and Her First Flame (1927).  She appeared in two of the popular Tarzan films: as Mary Trevor in Tarzan the Mighty (1928) and as Jane in Tarzan the Tiger (1929). After a series of roles in B movies, she made her last film (Only Yesterday, in which she was uncredited) in 1933.  She died in West Hills, California at the age of eighty-five.


His first flame   1927


Colleen Moore



Colleen Moore (August 19, 1899 – January 25, 1988). She her film debut in The Bad Boy  in 1917.She was an astute investor, and through her investments remained wealthy for the rest of her life



The Bad Boy 1917

The Sky Pilot 1921

Flaming Youth  1923

Twinkletoes 1926

Ella Cinders  1926

Lilac Time 1928

Smiling Irish Eyes  1929

The Power and the Glory  1933

The Scarlet Letter  1934


 The Scarlet Letter



Blanche Sweet

Sarah Blanche Sweet (June 18, 1896  – September 6, 1986). In 1909, she started work at Biograph Studios . By 1910 she had become a rival to Mary Pickford. One of her most famous films was Judith of Bethulia.filmed in 1914.Sweet's career faltered with the advent of talkies. Sweet made just three talking pictures, including her critically lauded performance in 1930's Show Girl in Hollywood, before retiring from the screen that same year and marrying stage actor Raymond Hackett in 1935.he died in New York City of a stroke, at 90


In Little Italy 1909

The Lonedale Operator  1911

The Transformation of Mike 1911

The Lesser Evil  1912

The Villian Foiled

The Battle

Death's Marathon  1913

Judith of Bethulia.1914


Mary Pickford



Mary Pickford (April 8, 1892 – May 29, 1979) was a Canadian-born motion picture actress, co-founder of the film studio United Artists and one of the original 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Known as "America's Sweetheart," "Little Mary" and "The girl with the curls," she was one of the Canadian pioneers in early Hollywood. Her influence in the development of film acting was enormous.Mary Pickford was born Gladys Louise Smith in Toronto, Ontario.She landed a supporting role in a 1907 Broadway play, The Warrens of Virginia. The play was written by William C. deMille, whose brother, the then-unknown Cecil B. DeMille, also appeared in the cast. David Belasco, the producer of the play, insisted that Gladys Smith assume the stage name Mary Pickford. Throughout her career, Pickford starred in 52 features.The arrival of sound was her undoing. She retired from acting in 1933. She died of cerebral hemorrhage on May 29, 1979



Two Memories 1909

The Light That Came  1909

The mender of nets 1912

Cinderella 1914

Poor little rich girl 1917

Pollyanna  1920

Sparrows 1926

Mary Pickford documentary


Anna May Wong



Piccadilly Anna May Wong 

Anna May Wong (January 3, 1905 – February 2, 1961) was an American actress, the first Chinese American movie star. Born near the Chinatown neighborhood of Los Angeles to second-generation Chinese-American parents, Wong became infatuated with the movies and began acting in films at an early age. During the silent film era, she acted in The Toll of the Sea (1922), one of the first movies made in color and Douglas Fairbanks' The Thief of Bagdad (1924). Wong became a fashion icon, and by 1924 had achieved international stardom.Frustrated by the stereotypical supporting roles she reluctantly played in Hollywood, she left for Europe in the late 1920s, where she starred in several notable plays and films, among them Piccadilly (1929).  She spent the first half of the 1930s traveling between the United States and Europe for film and stage work. Wong was featured in films of the early sound era, such as Daughter of the Dragon (1931) and Daughter of Shanghai (1937), and with Marlene Dietrich in Josef von Sternberg'sShanghai Express (1932).

 In 1935 Wong was dealt the most severe disappointment of her career, when Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer refused to consider her for the leading role in its film version of Pearl S. Buck's The Good Earth, choosing instead the European Luise Rainer to play the leading role in "yellowface". Wong spent the next year touring China, visiting her family's ancestral village and studying Chinese culture. In the late 1930s, she starred in several B movies for Paramount Pictures, portraying Chinese-Americans in a positive light. She paid less attention to her film career during World War II, when she devoted her time and money to helping the Chinese cause against Japan. Wong returned to the public eye in the 1950s in several television appearances as well as her own series in 1951, The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong, the first U.S. television show starring an Asian-American.[4] She had been planning to return to film in Flower Drum Song when she died in 1961, at the age of 56




The Thief of Bagdad  1924

The toll of the sea 1925

Piccadilly (1929)


Anna May Wong 


The toll of the sea 1922 was the was the seventh color feature film