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Portrait of Pauline Frederick
The photograph depicted here is of Pauline Frederick. Pauline Beatrice Libby took “Frederick” as her stage name and later as her legal surname after being disinherited by her father who disapproved of her pursuit of acting. Frederick was an accomplished stage actress, but began acting in silent films when she was 32 and successfully made the transition to talking pictures. Frederick specialized in playing commanding and authoritative women and aged gracefully into some of her best remembered roles, such as the "sacrificing mother" and 40-something women having a last fling at youth and romance. Among her talkies were 1928’s "On Trial" and 1929’s "Evidence and the Sacred Home." This photograph captures the actress in a standing side pose, intently gazing at the viewer over her left shoulder while slightly tilting her chin upward. Frederick is adorned in white with matching hat and gloves.