The First Female Stars: Women of the Silent Era

The First Female Stars: Women of the Silent Era

The First Female Stars: Women of the Silent Era

The First Female Stars: Women of the Silent Era


"Rediscover the fascinating lives and pioneering achievements of 15 women who dared to venture into early motion pictures, at a time when the industry was dominated by men. These women not only succeeded but became focal points of the industry, earning positions at the heights of their profession. Many are largely forgotten today, yet each made a lasting and significant contribution to early cinema." "Each profile contains a biographical treatment, an analysis of key films from the actress's career, a discussion of her influence on the medium, and a selected filmography. Also included with each entry are two photographs: one of the actress herself, and the other a still from one of her films." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved


The First Female Stars: Women of the Silent Era is the result of several years of research in the archives of Southern Methodist University, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The British Film Institute, The Library of Congress, The American Film Institute, and the pages of silent-era publications such as Moving Picture World, Photoplay, Motion Picture Classic, Motion Picture Stories, and Screenplay.

Another incredible source of material proved to be rare Gosset & Dunlap Photoplay Editions of popular novels made into films, each book a treasure trove of stills from films, often the only surviving images from titles deemed lost.

My fascination with women and the early achievements of the gallant, daring actresses who dared to venture into the new art of silent motion pictures has been a 35-year obsession. There is a strong theme of daredevil exploration motivating each of the women profiled in this book.

Their stories are rich with faith in the medium of silent motion pictures. They radiated a positive assurance that audiences would understand their messages, discern their thoughts, and share their emotions. As role models, they are inspiring today. Though too often forgotten, their testaments to the willpower of youth and the temerity of talent deserve to resurface and be remembered.

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