#BornThisDay: Actor, Rudolph Valentino


May 5, 1895- Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Piero Filiberto Guglielmi di Valentina d'Antoguolla was born in Italy. He arrived in NYC in 1913 where he became a taxi dancer & an exhibition dancer. He soon found his way to Hollywood where he played a number of small roles in the new ... See the Rest

RIP Silent Move Star Carla Laemmle

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Dancer and silent movie star Carla Laemmle (whose uncle founded Universal Studios) died last night, leaving just Mexican silent movie star Lupita Tovar, child stars Baby Peggy, Dickie Moore, Fay McKenzie and a couple of Our Gang kids left as the only living stars from the silent ... See the Rest

Flashback 1928: Buster Keaton Writes His New Year’s Resolutions


Umph. the things I would do to Buster Keaton. ... See the Rest

Corinne Griffith Appreciation Post


First of all: Stunning headpiece. Dutch Deco. You don't see THAT very often. That's silent film star Corinne Griffith wearing it in 1926's Mademoiselle Modiste. A cursory look at Wikipedia reveals a woman who led an extrodinary life. Unlike most silent film stars, she went on to ... See the Rest

Swanson on Swanson

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From a 1980 interview, the legendary Gloria Swanson discusses the lion scene in Cecil B DeMille's Male and Female (1919). "When he roared," she says, "it was like THOUSANDS of vibrators all over you!" Been THERE, sister! ... See the Rest

Retro Glam


Now THAT'S how you do a smoky eye! Is this Theda? Or Clara? Or some other hoochie vamp like Nita Naldi, Louise Glaum, or Valeska Suratt? I'm pretty sure it's Theda, but I never miss an opportunity to name drop Valeska Suratt. And link to pictures of her. ... See the Rest

Ramon Novarro Appreciation Post

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It's his birthday today, you know. The gorgeous silent film star was born in 1899 and died in 1968. It's his death, of course, that most of us still fixate on. Stop me if you've heard this one before: The aging former star was allegedly beaten and choked to death with a lead ... See the Rest

Pictures of Louise Brooks Without her Iconic ‘Do

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Still beautiful, still eminently photographable, but without the pageboy does she still have that OOMPH that made her such an icon for the ages? (via Retro-Fuck) ... See the Rest