Eleanor Boardman

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Eleanor Boardman
ELEANOR BOARDMAN From Stars of the Photoplay.jpg
Born(1898-08-19)August 19, 1898
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedDecember 12, 1991(1991-12-12) (aged 93)
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1922–1935
Spouse(s)King Vidor (m. 1926–31)
Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast (m. 1940–68)(his death)
 
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Eleanor Boardman
ELEANOR BOARDMAN From Stars of the Photoplay.jpg
Born(1898-08-19)August 19, 1898
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedDecember 12, 1991(1991-12-12) (aged 93)
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1922–1935
Spouse(s)King Vidor (m. 1926–31)
Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast (m. 1940–68)(his death)

Eleanor Boardman (August 19, 1898 – December 12, 1991) was an American film actress, popular during the era of silent movies.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Boardman was originally on stage but, after temporarily losing her voice, in 1922, she entered silent films. There followed months of fruitless effort until one day Rupert Hughes saw her riding a horse and gave her a part in a film and she quickly began to attract audiences. She was chosen by Goldwyn Pictures as their "New Face of 1922," through which she signed a contract with the company. After several successful supporting roles, she played the lead in 1923's Souls for Sale.

Her growing popularity was reflected by inclusion on the list of WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1923. She appeared in more than thirty films during her career, achieving her greatest success in Vidor's The Crowd (1928). Her performance in that film is widely recognized as one of the outstanding performances in American silent films.

Unable to make the transition from silent to talking pictures, Boardman retired in 1935, and retreated from Hollywood. Her only subsequent appearance was in an interview filmed for Kevin Brownlow and David Gill's British documentary series Hollywood (1980).

Personal life[edit]

Boardman was married to the film director King Vidor, with whom she had two daughters, Antonia (born 1927) and Belinda (born 1930). Their marriage lasted from 1926 until 1931. Fellow actors John Gilbert and Greta Garbo had planned a double wedding with them, but Garbo broke off the plans at the last minute.

Boardman's second husband was Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast to whom she was married from 1940 until his death in 1968.

Death[edit]

Boardman died in Santa Barbara, California at the age of 93. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Eleanor Boardman has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6922 Hollywood Boulevard.

Filmography[edit]

Arnold Genthe's 1918 portrait of Eleanor Boardman recreates the "Rokeby Venus"
YearTitleRoleNotes
1922The Strangers' BanquetJean McPherson
1923GimmeClothilde Kingsley
Vanity FairAmelia Sedley
Souls for SaleMiss Remember Steddon
Three Wise FoolsRena Fairchild / Sydney Fairfield
The Day of FaithJane Maynard
1924True As SteelEthel Parry
Wine of YouthMary Hollister
Sinners in SilkPenelope Stevens
The TurmoilMary Vertrees
The Silent AccuserBarbara Jane
So This Is Marriage?Beth Marsh
The Wife of the CentaurJoan Converse
1925The Way of a GirlRosamond
Proud FleshFernanda
The CircleElizabeth Cheney
Exchange of WivesMargaret Rathburn
The Only ThingThyra, Princess of Svendborg
The Auction BlockLorelei Knight
1926Memory LaneMary
Bardelys the MagnificentRoxalanne de Lavedan
Tell It to the MarinesNurse Norma Dale
1928The CrowdMary
Diamond HandcuffsTillie
1929She Goes to WarJoan
1930MambaHelen von Linden
RedemptionLisa
1931The Great MeadowDiony Hall
The FloodJoan Marshall
Women Love OnceHelen Fields
The Squaw ManLady Diana Kerhill
1935The Three Cornered HatThe Miller's Wife

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