Theda Bara

Theda Bara

Highest Rated: 100% Romeo and Juliet (1916)

Lowest Rated: 33% The She Devil (1918)

Birthday: Jul 29, 1885

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

As the silent era's premier femme fatale, actress Theda Bara single-handedly introduced the word vamp to the American lexicon while the title card "Kiss me, my fool" from her debut, "A Fool There Was" (1915), became a popular phrase of the period. Thanks to the popularity of films like "The Vixen" (1916), "The Serpent" (1916) and "The Darling of Paris" (1917), Bara's popularity was only outmatched by the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford, though early on she became frustrated by her limited options. She went on to star as the titular "Cleopatra" (1917), a huge hit that was then the most lavish production Hollywood ever produced. But like many of her films in later years, "Cleopatra" was lost - in fact, of the 40 films she made, only a handful survived intact, making her career largely anecdotal. Her popularity waned in 1919, largely due to her desire to break free of her vamp persona, and she retired after making her last picture, "Madame Mystery" (1926). Though not as well remembered as some of her contemporaries, Bara left behind an indelible mark as a trendsetter who became Hollywood's first true sex symbol.

Highest rated movies

Romeo and Juliet
Cleopatra
The Darling of Paris
The Galley Slave
Salome
A Fool There Was
Carmen
The Vixen

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 71% The Love Goddesses: A History of Sex in the Cinema Unknown (Character) - 1965
33% No Score Yet The Unchastened Woman Caroline (Character) - 1925
33% No Score Yet The She Devil Lolette (Character) - 1918
78% No Score Yet Salome Salome (Character) - 1918
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rose of Blood Lisza Tapenka (Character) - 1917
86% No Score Yet The Darling of Paris Esmeralda (Character) - 1917
91% No Score Yet Cleopatra Cleopatra (Character) - 1917
60% No Score Yet The Vixen Unknown (Character) - 1916
60% No Score Yet The Eternal Sapho Unknown (Character) - 1916
100% No Score Yet Romeo and Juliet Juliet (Character) - 1916
78% 52% A Fool There Was The Vampire (Character) - 1915
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Devil's Daughter Unknown (Character) - 1915
78% No Score Yet Carmen Unknown (Character) - 1915
86% No Score Yet The Galley Slave Unknown (Character) - 1915