Kiss Me, My Gullible Fool

November 17, 2010 at 5:36 am (One Lil' Picture)

Careful, film history buffs. This 1916 bio of Theda Bara might have a falsehood in it. Or two. Or three. Or…

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  1. Jennifer said,

    I didn’t know Egypt was in Ohio!

  2. Allen Hefner said,

    What a shame that most of her films are lost. That would be a film festival to attend! Please, everyone, check your attic.

  3. Can't Silents Me said,

    Best anecdote in Eve Golden’s “The Rise and Fall of Theda Bara”:

    Her most famous dog was Belva, a photogenic white Russian wolfhound, who died in 1917. A Photoplay reporter showed up for a story and photo shoot one day and was distraught to hear of Belva’s recent death. Theda, making the best of a bad situation, insisted she communicated with Belva through her crystal ball.

    When the reporter told her he couldn’t hear a thing, Theda raised one eyebrow meaningfully and snapped, “Well, if you didn’t hear it, you can’t write a story, can you? Now listen again.” The reporter finally caught on and went back to the office to compose his story, “Ghostly Belva Barks at Theda.”

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