Theda Bara

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Movie Actress
Date of Birth July 29, 1885
Place of Birth Cincinnati, Ohio
Date of Death Apr 7, 1955 (69)
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Theda Bara

Theda Bara was an American silent film and stage actress. Bara was one of the more popular actresses of the silent era and one of cinema's early sex symbols. Her femme fatale roles earned her the nickname "The Vamp", later fueling the rising popularity in "vamp" roles that encapsulated exoticism and sexual domination. The studios promoted a fictitious persona for Bara as an Egyptian-born woman interested in the occult. Bara made more than 40 films between 1914 and 1926, but most were lost in the 1937 Fox vault fire. After her marriage to Charles Brabin in 1921, she made two more feature films then retired from acting in 1926, never appearing in a sound film.

Born: Theodosia Burr Goodman, July 29, 1885, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Died: April 7, 1955, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting place: Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale
Nationality: American
Alma mater: University of Cincinnati
Occupation: Actress
Years active: 1908–1926
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About Theda Bara

She became Hollywood's first sex symbol after playing the title character in Cleopatra.

Theda Bara Before Fame

She made her Broadway debut in 1908 and began shooting films on the East Coast, quickly becoming the definitive vamp actress.

Achievement of Theda Bara

She attained the heights of fame for her femme fatale roles as much as for her publicity. Her stage name was an anagram for Arab Death, posing in her pictures with snakes and skulls.

Theda Bara Family Life

She was born Theodosia Burr Goodman, the daughter of a Jewish tailor, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Associations of Theda Bara

At the height of her fame, her $4,000-per-week earnings trailed only that of Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford.

Information related to Theda Bara

  • Actresses from Cincinnati
  • 20th Century Fox contract players
  • American radio actresses
  • University of Cincinnati alumni
  • Jewish American actresses
Latest information about Theda Bara updated on April 19, 2021.

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