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Theda Bara (1885 - 1955)

The American actress moved to New York in 1908 and made her Broadway début the same year, becoming a popular stage comedian. Theda Bara made more than 40 silent films, until she retired in 1926, but most are now lost due to their destruction in a fire, in 1937. The actress is often seen as cinema's first sex symbol with her revealing outfits and exotic looks studios enhanced to draw the figure of a magical woman always surrounded by snakes and skulls. Theda Bara was the first vamp: the word was invented to describe her after her role as a seductive vampire in A Fool There was, in 1915.

Tags / Theda Bara - 1910s - Silent Film - Muses - Cinematic Women - Sex Symbol
Portrait of Theda Bara, 1910's
Portrait of Theda Bara, 1910's
Portrait of Theda Bara in Romeo & Juliet directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1916
Portrait of Theda Bara in Romeo & Juliet directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1916
Portrait of Theda Bara in Salome directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1918. Photo by Albert Witzel Studio
Portrait of Theda Bara in Salome directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1918. Photo by Albert Witzel Studio
Portrait of Portrait of Theda Bara in Salome directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1918. Photo by Albert Witzel Studio
Portrait of Portrait of Theda Bara in Salome directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1918. Photo by Albert Witzel Studio
Portrait of Portrait of Theda Bara publicity for A Fool There Was directed by Frank Powell, 1915
Portrait of Portrait of Theda Bara publicity for A Fool There Was directed by Frank Powell, 1915
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Madame du Barry directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Madame du Barry directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Salome directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1918
Portrait of Theda Bara in Salome directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1918
Portrait of Theda Bara in Salome directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1918
Portrait of Theda Bara in Salome directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1918
Portrait of Theda Bara in The Soul of Buddha directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1918
Portrait of Theda Bara in The Soul of Buddha directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1918
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Madame du Barry directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Madame du Barry directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara, 1920's
Portrait of Theda Bara, 1920's
Portrait of Theda Bara in A Fool There Was directed by frank Powell, 1915
Portrait of Theda Bara in A Fool There Was directed by frank Powell, 1915
Portrait of Theda Bara in Salome directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1918. Photo by Albert Witzel
Portrait of Theda Bara in Salome directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1918. Photo by Albert Witzel
Portrait of Theda Bara, 1910's
Portrait of Theda Bara, 1910's
Portrait of Theda Bara in Sin directed by Herbert Brenon, 1915
Portrait of Theda Bara in Sin directed by Herbert Brenon, 1915
Portrait of Theda Bara in Sin directed by Herbert Brenon, 1915
Portrait of Theda Bara in Sin directed by Herbert Brenon, 1915
Portrait of Theda Bara in the Broadway Show The Blue Flame, 1920
Portrait of Theda Bara in the Broadway Show The Blue Flame, 1920
Portrait of Theda Bara, 1910's
Portrait of Theda Bara, 1910's
Portrait of Theda Bara in A Fool There Was directed by frank Powell, 1915
Portrait of Theda Bara in A Fool There Was directed by frank Powell, 1915
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Salome directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1918
Portrait of Theda Bara in Salome directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1918
Portrait of Theda Bara in Salome directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1918
Portrait of Theda Bara in Salome directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1918
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Salome directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1918
Portrait of Theda Bara in Salome directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1918
Portrait of Theda Bara in Carmen directed by Raoul Walsh, 1915
Portrait of Theda Bara in Carmen directed by Raoul Walsh, 1915
Portrait of Theda Bara publicity for A Fool There Was directed by frank Powell, 1915
Portrait of Theda Bara publicity for A Fool There Was directed by frank Powell, 1915
Portrait of Theda Bara, 1910's
Portrait of Theda Bara, 1910's
Portrait of Theda Bara by Edwin Bower Hesser, 1910's
Portrait of Theda Bara by Edwin Bower Hesser, 1910's
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara, 1910's
Portrait of Theda Bara, 1910's
Portrait of Theda Bara by Hoover Art Company, 1918
Portrait of Theda Bara by Hoover Art Company, 1918
Portrait of Theda Bara, 1910's
Portrait of Theda Bara, 1910's
Portrait of Theda Bara
Portrait of Theda Bara "The Vamp", 1910's
Portrait of Theda Bara in Madame du Barry directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Madame du Barry directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara
Portrait of Theda Bara "The Vamp", 1910's
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara, 1910's
Portrait of Theda Bara, 1910's
Portrait of Theda Bara
Portrait of Theda Bara "The Vamp", 1910's
Portrait of Portrait of Theda Bara in Salome directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1918
Portrait of Portrait of Theda Bara in Salome directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1918
Portrait of Theda Bara, 1916
Portrait of Theda Bara, 1916
Portrait of Theda Bara
Portrait of Theda Bara "The Vamp", 1910's
Theda Bara in Her double life directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1916
Theda Bara in Her double life directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1916
Theda Bara in Her double life directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1916
Theda Bara in Her double life directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1916
Theda Bara in The Eternal Sappho directed by Bertram Bracken, 1916
Theda Bara in The Eternal Sappho directed by Bertram Bracken, 1916
Theda Bara in The Eternal Sappho directed by Bertram Bracken, 1916
Theda Bara in The Eternal Sappho directed by Bertram Bracken, 1916
Theda Bara in The Eternal Sappho directed by Bertram Bracken, 1916
Theda Bara in The Eternal Sappho directed by Bertram Bracken, 1916
Portrait of Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917. Photo by Albert Witzel Studio
Portrait of Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917. Photo by Albert Witzel Studio
Portrait of Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917. Photo by Albert Witzel Studio
Portrait of Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917. Photo by Albert Witzel Studio
Theda Bara in Carmen directed by Raoul Walsh, 1915
Theda Bara in Carmen directed by Raoul Walsh, 1915
Theda Bara in Salome directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1918
Theda Bara in Salome directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1918
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara, 1918
Portrait of Theda Bara, 1918
Alan Roscoe and Theda Bara in Camille directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Alan Roscoe and Theda Bara in Camille directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara, 1910's
Portrait of Theda Bara, 1910's
Portrait of Theda Bara, 1910's
Portrait of Theda Bara, 1910's
Theda Bara in The Clemenceau case directed by Herbert Brenon, 1915
Theda Bara in The Clemenceau case directed by Herbert Brenon, 1915
Theda Bara in The Clemenceau case directed by Herbert Brenon, 1915
Theda Bara in The Clemenceau case directed by Herbert Brenon, 1915
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Portrait of Theda Bara in Cleopatra directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1917
Theda Bara in Romeo & Juliet directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1916
Theda Bara in Romeo & Juliet directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1916
Portrait of Theda Bara in Salome directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1918
Portrait of Theda Bara in Salome directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1918
Portrait of Theda Bara, 1921
Portrait of Theda Bara, 1921
Portrait of Theda Bara, 1910's
Portrait of Theda Bara, 1910's
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