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Theda Bara
Date Issued: 1994-04-27
Postage Value: 29 cents

Commemorative issue
Silent screen stars
Theda Bara

Theda Bara, who is remembered as one of the most magnetic stars of the silent film era, was molded by Hollywood into the screen's first sex symbol. A tailor's daughter from Cincinnati, she was hired by producer William Fox to play a femme fatale in the silent film A Fool There Was (1914). Her work in The Vampire led to the term vamp, which became a staple in the language of the silent movie era. A vast publicity campaign was conducted to promote this image. She also appeared in Cleopatra and Salome. Even after leaving Hollywood in 1919, Theda Bara could not escape typecasting.

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