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Pre 1920s Actresses
i think they deserve more than being tolerated in the 1920s actresses-thread once in a while: an own thread for the actresses from the turn of the century and the 10s.

one of my favourites from that time: asta nielsen, "the silent muse".

Asta Sofie Amalie Nielsen (September 11, 1883 - May 24, 1972), also known as Die Asta, was a Danish actress, mostly appearing in German silent films during the 1910s and 1920s. She was nicknamed The Silent Muse. She was born in Vesterbro, Copenhagen to a coppersmith Father and a washerwoman Mother. They both died before she was fifteen. She studied acting at the Royal Theatre School of Copenhagen. She became the most famous stage actress across Scandinavia while she toured. In 1909, director Urban Gad encouraged her to become a silent screen actor and she starred in the 1910 film Afgrunden ("The Abyss"). The film was a success so she was encouraged to continue making silent films. Nielsen and Gad soon married then moved to Germany. She worked in film until talkies became popular, continuing acting only on stage. She died in 1972 shortly after her fifth marriage. [from wikipedia]

this is one of my favourite pictures of her. [from www.firsthandfilms.com]
i think she looked best when she embraced her androgynity.
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some more pictures of her. [from www.asta-nielsen.de]
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some pictures from her films.

"rausch" [=intoxication] from 1919, by ernst lubitsch.
after a play by august strindberg.

[the pictures are taken from www.asta-nielsen.de and www.filmportal.de]
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in 1920 [bear with me] she played "hamlet" as a woman (in disguise.)

[the pictures are from www.asta-nielsen.de and www.filmhistoriker.de)

you can watch some clips on the page of the shakespeare-archive, if you are interested:

http://shea.mit.edu/ramparts/collect...gade-clips.htm
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and the last asta nielsen-pictures for now.

[the pictures are from www.asta-nielsen.de and www.wikipedia.de]
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Musidora.

One of the greatest stars of the French silent cinema, Musidora began her life as Jeanne Roques in Paris, February 23, 1889. Brought up by a feminist mother, Musidora wrote her first novel at age fifteen. She gained fame playing France's first screen vamp, Irma Vep (an anagram of "vampire") in Louis Feuillade's 1915-16 film series, Les Vampires. She played its femme fatale with great aplomb, appearing in each of its ten semi-independent episodes in a different disguise, both male and female. But Musidora was more than a film actress, she was a novelist, poet, dancer painter, songwriter and playwright. Yet there is very little historical attention to Musidora's off-screen film roles, despite the fact that she became a film director at a time when very few women had such opportunities. At her death in 1957, she left behind seven unpublished screenplays and several films that she directed or co-directed.

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she made the black catsuit famous when she played irma vep in the serials "les vampires" from 1915. later maggie cheung played irma vep in a remake.

Les Vampires' success was due in great part to the character of Irma Vep, the head villainess, whose name is an anagram of "vampire," played by Musidora -- a voluptuous, dark-haired stage and music-hall performer who did all her own stunt work. Musidora (who occasionally posed naked) virtually defined female beauty for the decade, and her character, identified mostly by her black tights and black mask, slinking down corridors and escaping over rooftops, defined the popular archetype of the super-villainess femme fatale for decades to come -- Catwoman, etc. [www.coolfrenchcomics.com]


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i mentioned her already in the 1920s thread but she belongs her as she abandoned acting in 1921: marguerite clark.

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Marguerite Clark (1883-1940)

One of the pioneering actresses of the silent screen, beautiful Marguerite Clark was born in Avondale, Ohio on February 22nd, 1883, and raised on a farm. At age twelve she was sent away to a Catholic school in Cincinnati, but left at age sixteen to pursue her love of the stage. She was successful almost immediately because of her purity, grace and charm, qualities which impressed the movie and theater audiences of the time (unlike today). Marguerite was soon appearing in Broadway shows, including a starring role opposite John Barrymore in the play "Anatol." From Broadway to the fledgling movie industry she went, signing up with Famous Players Lasky, and appearing in her first film "Wildflower" in 1914. In 1916 she starred in the first film version of "Snow White", which so impressed a young Walt Disney that he made his first feature film based on the story and Marguerite's performance. Other films of note for Marguerite were the dual roles of the Prince and Tom in "The Prince and the Pauper" (1915), Little Eva in "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (1918) and Lovey Mary in "Mrs. Wiggs Of The Cabbage Patch" (1919). Because of her youthful appearance, Marguerite was playing childlike girl roles even into her thirties, as was Mary Pickford. In 1918 Marguerite married Harry Palmerson Williams, a marriage which lasted until Harry's death in 1936. By 1921 Marguerite was becoming tired of acting and wanted nothing more than to retire on a farm that she owned in New Orleans. Apparently the little girl raised on a farm in Ohio never gave up her love for the land. So at the height of her popularity and career, Marguerite left acting altogether for the peace and serenity of country life. She died of pneumonia on September 25th, 1940. ~ Copyright © 2004 goldensilents.com

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two pictures from corbis.



and two more [from www.thingsandotherstuff.com and www.rotograph.org]
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beautiful edwardian actress pauline chase.

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she didn't play in any films as far as i know but she was one of the most famous stage actresses in great britain during her days.

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one more from www.dgillan.screaming.net, she has been voted as one of the most beautiful edwardian actresses on that page: http://www.dgillan.screaming.net/stage/th-poll.html
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smoking.

[pictures from www.collectorspost.com and www.roguesandvagabonds.co.uk]
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in her most important role: peter pan.

Because of the role which she impersonated from 1906 to 1913 (about 1'400 performances) she became famous abruptly and even for the author of Peter Pan - J.M. Barrie - she was the favoured cast for Peter Pan. She became a demanded beauty of the British society, had influential friends and admirers and lived an extravagant life. [www.cyranos.ch]

[picture from www.c20th.com]

oh, i was wrong, btw, she made one movie in 1916. "the real thing at last"
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