Theda Bara

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Birthday
29, 1885
Birthplace
Cincinnati, OH
Death Date
Apr 7, 1955 (69)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
29, 1885
Birthplace
Cincinnati, OH
Death Date
Apr 7, 1955 (69)

About

She became Hollywood's first sex symbol after playing the title character in Cleopatra.

Before Fame

She made her Broadway debut in 1908 and began shooting films on the East Coast, quickly becoming the definitive vamp actress.

Trivia

She attained the heights of fame for her femme fatale roles as much as for her publicity. Her stage name was an anagram for Arab Death, posing in her pictures with snakes and skulls.

Family Life

She was born Theodosia Burr Goodman, the daughter of a Jewish tailor, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Associated With

At the height of her fame, her $4,000-per-week earnings trailed only that of Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford.

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