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The most forgotten classic actress...

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Who is the most forgotten classic actress? Can you think of any huge movie stars from yesteryear who are barely remembered today, and who have many films which haven't been seen since their heyday?

 

My vote goes to Theda Bara; someday I hope I am able to see her lost films such as The Lure of Ambition or Kathleen Mavourneen (not to mention the holy grail of silent film, Cleopatra). But my other choices would be Pola Negri and Marion Davies. Happily, TCM is scheduling more Marion Davies films lately. I look forward to seeing The Red Mill, The Patsy (directed by my favorite director, King Vidor), and Ever Since Eve!

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There are a number of them vying for number one in my opinion: (mostly from the silent era):

 

Colleen Moore,

 

Billie Dove

 

Bessie Love

 

Pola Negri

 

Mae Marsh

 

George O'Brien

 

Harry Carey, Sr

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I always say Anne Shirley to this question. I think she was adorable, though maybe not the best profile. She was a talented actress who never scored a big enough role, or a big enough film, to be well known today.

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When he introduced First Lady last month, RO said that Kay Francis had been one of the "top 10" stars for most of the 30's....

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