My friend Terri over
at Vintage Photo Image
is hosting this wonderful swap.
It's called "Silence Is Golden",
and it centers around the silent film era.
These are the cards I
made for the swap.
She was born in Douglass Kansas.
After graduating high school,
she played piano to accompany
the new silent films in local theaters.
After a successful film career she
married New York millionaire
William Seeman in 1929.
She was under contract to Cecil B. DeMille
and she told DeMille she was
ending her contract
with him under the "Act of God" clause.
Stunned, DeMille asked,
"What Act of God?"
"If marrying a millionaire isn't an Act of God, I don't know what is."
This is Baby Peggy!
She was born Peggy-Jean Montgomery in 1918.
The success of Baby Peggy's films catapulted
her to super-stardom.
When she was not filming,
she embarked on extensive "In-Person"
personal appearance tours across
the country to promote her movies.
Like most child actors of this era,
Peggy's parents spent and
controlled all of her fortune.
By 1923 she was signed
to a $1,500,000 a year contract
on her vaudeville
tours she made $300 per day.
Peggy herself was paid
one nickel for every
As a toddler she worked
eight hours a day, six days a week.
She was generally required to perform her own stunts,
which included being held underwater
in the ocean until she fainted (Sea Shore Shapes),
escaping alone from a burning room (The Darling of New York),
and riding underneath a train car (Miles of Smiles).
Her entire fortune was gone before she hit puberty.
She began her career in Hollywood during the silent movie era
as a child actress, became a star in musicals
such as 42nd Street, and later gained further fame on radio
and television in Britain.
In a long career, Bebe Daniels made over 230 films.
At the age of nine she starred as Dorothy Gale
in the 1910 short film The Wizard of Oz.
At the age of fourteen she starred opposite
film comedian Harold Lloyd
in a series of Lonesome Luke two-reel comedies.
Harold Lloyd ranks alongside Charlie Chaplin and
Buster Keaton as one of the most
popular and influential
film comedians of the silent film era.
Although Lloyd's individual films were not
as commercially successful as
Charlie Chaplin's on average, he was far more prolific
releasing far more movies per year and earning more money.
Dorothy and Lillian Gish
The sisters debuted in D. W. Griffith's short film
"An Unseen Enemy" (1912).
Lillian went on to star in many of Griffith's
most acclaimed films, including The Birth of a Nation (1915)
One of the enduring images of Lillian's
silent film years is the climax of the melodramatic
"Way Down East", in which Gish's character
floats unconscious on an ice floe
towards a raging waterfall,
her long hair trailing in the water.
Dorothy specialised in pantomime and light comedy,
while her sister appeared in tragic roles.
She made her stage and screen debuts in 1915.
She was often cast as a pleasant heroine in many silent films.
One of the most remembered films of her early career
In this production she starred opposite Rudolph Valentino.
Actress Doris Day was named after Doris Kenyon.