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.