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Silent Movie Icons: Norma Talmadge

One of three sisters, Norma Talmadge was one of the most popular actresses of silent movies in the 1920s. She had a difficult childhood; her father was an unemployed alcoholic who abandoned his family when they children were still young, leaving Norm...
by We Heart Vintage on Feb 10, 2016

Lost Films: Salome (1918)

A shocking 90% of American films made before 1929 have been lost forever. Why? There seem to be two main reasons: A huge number of films were destroyed intentionally, especially silent movies as they were perceived to have no value once talkies becam...
by We Heart Vintage on Jun 25, 2015

Pre-Code Hollywood Movies Which Shocked the Censors

The Hays Code was introduced in 1930 to regulate the morals of the US motion picture industry and influenced film production up until 1968. Before it was introduced censors were independent in each State, meaning that different films could be banned,...
by We Heart Vintage on Apr 17, 2015

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Mary Pickford

Even if you’re not a silent movie buff you’ve probably heard of ‘America’s Sweetheart‘ Mary Pickford. Here are some interesting facts you might not have known about the famous Blondilocks: She co-founded the movie studio...
by We Heart Vintage on Feb 5, 2015

Movie Sunday: A Trip To The Moon (1902)

Well, this is definitely the oldest movie I’ve watched, and it’s truly fabulous! It’s quite incredible that it was made way back in 1902. Only fifteen minutes long, Le Voyage dans la Lune was the first sci-fi film ever made and tack...
by We Heart Vintage on Jan 11, 2015

Hollywood Heart Throbs of the Silent Era: John Gilbert

John Gilbert ‘The Great Lover’ was one of the few stars of the silent movie era who could rival Rudolph Valentino, and you can see why, handsome devil wasn’t he? Like Valentino his life ended tragically young (although not quite as...
by We Heart Vintage on Dec 29, 2014

1920s Screen Stars: Ina Claire

Ina Claire was best known as a Broadway actress, but she also made movies between 1915 and 1943. She was born Ina Fagan in 1893, and first made her name on stage by doing impersonations of other people – something for which she had a great tale...
by We Heart Vintage on Dec 6, 2014

Silent Movie Stars: Anna Q. Nilsson

Anna Q. Nilsson was a successful silent movie actress in 1920s America. Born in Sweden the enigmatic Q in her middle name stood for Quirentia – she was named for the obscure Saint Quirinius who was martyred by being beheaded in the year 116. Ni...
by We Heart Vintage on Nov 25, 2014

Whatever Happened to the WAMPAS Baby Stars?

What on earth were the WAMPAS Baby Stars you might well ask? Well, if you lived in 1920s and 30s America you would have been very much aware of this campaign. It was run by the United States Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers (WAMPAS)...
by We Heart Vintage on Oct 30, 2014

Forgotten Silent Movie Actresses: Rubye De Remer

Rubye De Remer was a particuarly pretty silent movie actress during the 1920s. She landed a spot in the Ziegfeld Follies after being spotted after winning a New York beauty contest, and was dubbed “the most beautiful blonde since Venus” b...
by We Heart Vintage on Oct 15, 2014

1930s Screen Icons: Myrna Loy

Myrna Loy is perhaps known best for her roles as femme fatale in silent movies. Because of her exotic beauty she was often cast in the role of Asian or Eurasian characters but later became a popular female lead in romantic comedies where she was freq...
by We Heart Vintage on Oct 1, 2014

1920s Screen Icons: Lillian Gish

You might be surprised to know that during the 1910s and 20s the biggest name in American cinema was that of Lillian Gish. I’m sure you’ve heard of her more notorious contemporaries (good time girl Clara Bow springs to mind) but Miss Gish...
by We Heart Vintage on Sep 6, 2014

1920s Style Icons: Marion Davies

Marion Davies is as well known for being a famous man’s mistress as she is for being a movie star. She already had a successful movie career when she first met newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst and became his lover. The relationship didn...
by We Heart Vintage on Jul 22, 2014

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Charlie Chaplin

Chaplin, along with his mother and siblings, were sent to the dreaded Victorian workhouse when he was aged just 7. After the breakdown of his parents marriage, his mother struggled to keep the family from destitution but without any help from his fat...
by We Heart Vintage on Jul 15, 2014

The Captivating Marie Doro

Marie Doro was an American silent movie actress of the early 1920s. Isn’t she stunning? She started out as a chorus girl and actress at which time she inspired a young Charlie Chaplin to fall madly in love with her. She moved into silent movies...
by We Heart Vintage on Jul 5, 2014

The Short Life of Russia’s First Silent Movie Star: Vera Kholodnaya

You may not have heard of Vera Kholodnaya, but she was Russia’s first major silent movie star. The majority of her movies were destroyed by the Soviet regime and she died under suspicious circumstances aged just 25 but she managed to in a lot o...
by We Heart Vintage on Jun 27, 2014

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Greta Garbo

Swedish-born Greta was christened Greta Lovisa Gustafsson. Garbo’s first job was as a soap-lather girl in a barbershop. She also worked as an errand girl in a department store, in the millinery department selling hats and as a model before her...
by We Heart Vintage on Jun 26, 2014

Silent Screen Icons: Alice Brady

Alice Brady was a silent movie actress who won an Oscar for best supporting actress in 1937, and successfully made the transition into talkies. She started her career on the stage and made her silent movie debut in 1914 in As Ye Sow. Over the next 10...
by We Heart Vintage on May 17, 2014

The Sheik (1921): The Movie that Shot Rudolph Valentino To Stardom

A tale of savagery, seduction and Stockholm Syndrome amongst the sand dunes… The Sheik, a silent-movie from 1921, is widely-regarded as the movie that really established Rudolph Valentino to stardom, so I thought I should give it a watch and bo...
by We Heart Vintage on Mar 27, 2014

1920s Style Icons: The Ever-Dramatic Pola Negri

Pola Negri was a Polish silent movie star of the 1920s. She was famous for both her roles as a femme fatale and her tragic roles and, ever the drama queen, she never hesitated to use her personal life to boost her career having high-profile relations...
by We Heart Vintage on Mar 25, 2014


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