Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0004381: THEDA BARA

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Scarce vintage thick pencil signature on a 4x6-inch pink autograph album page, acquired in-person by inveterate collector Rosanne Deerdorff Ochoa in the 1930s. In very good condition, with a signature of actress Florence Lake in pencil on the verso, and nice for matting with a favorite photograph. Theda Bara was the quintessential silent screen vamp, preying upon weak-minded men in films like A Fool There Was (1915) and Cleopatra (1917). She held the dubious distinction of being Hollywood's first fabricated star, played up in the press as the daughter of an artist and an Arabian princess, with a name that was an anagram for "Arab Death." In publicity photos, she was typically garbed in exotic outfits, surrounded by skulls and serpents, with wide, entrancing eyes that peered deeply into those of the viewer. Not bad for a mild-mannered Jewish girl from Cincinnati!