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Hollywood Memorial

Theda Bara

Considered one of the most successful and glamorous stars of the silent age, she appeared in 47 films but was unable to make the transition to ‘talkies.’ She became an overnight sensation with her first film, and another one of the age to be given a nickname, ‘The Vamp.’ Her best roles seem to replay her role as an unrepent’ant sinful vamp, such as in ‘Sin,’ ‘Destruction,’ ‘The Vixen,’ and ‘The Rose of Blood.’ She also played great heroines of history and literature, such as Cleopatra, (Cecil B. DeMille‚Äôs silent classic, later remade with star Elizabeth Taylor) as well as Carmen, Juliet, Salome, and Madame DuBarry. While she lived much of her life in Hollywood, she preferred living in New York City, with its shops, theaters, museums, and bookstores. During World War I, she actively raised several hundred thousand dollars in War Bond sales. In 1921, she married director Charles Brabin, a marriage that lasted until her death. She is cremated and entombed in Forest Lawn in Glendale.