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Portrait Of Theda Bara (ii)
Theda Bara was an American actress known for her roles in both silent film and stage. Bara was cinema's original vamp. She was the dark, heartless seductress who lured men to their destruction. The persona was one that she and her studio perpetuated off the screen as well. The daughter of immigrant Jews, Bara was born Theodosia Goodman in Cincinnati, Ohio and was widely thought to have taken advantage of her stage name as an anagram for "Arab death." After becoming a star in her first major film, 1915's "A Fool There Was",,she appeared in more than three dozen silent films over the next four years. This photographic print captures Bara in a posed position with her head tilted slightly to the left. She clasps her hands while gently supporting her chin.