CONSTANCE TALMADGE : PRETTY BUT TROUBLED SILENT FILM STAR

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This vintage real photo postcard features pretty film actress, Constance Talmadge (1898-1973). She was a silent film star and the sister of actresses Norma and Natalie Talmadge. Constance was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her parents were poor and her father was an alcoholic who abandoned the family in Constance’s early childhood. Her mother worked as a laundress. Mom’s friend suggested that she should try to get Norma a modelling job in flickers, which were shown in nickelodeons. Mom followed the suggestion and that led all three sisters into acting careers. It also led to mom becoming a stereotypical “stage mother”. Constance made her film debut in a Vitagraph comedy short entitled “In Bridal Attire” (1914). Her first substantive role was in D. W. Griffith’s “Intolerance” (1916). Talmadge became a popular star and appeared in more than 80 films during her career. Many of the films were romantic comedies. She also formed her own film production company. She was friends with Anita Loos, a very successful early screenwriter. Loos said she appreciated Talmadge’s “humor and her irresponsible way of life”. Constance left the film business with the introduction of “talkies”. In fact, all three sisters retired around the same time. Apparently, their squeaky Brooklyn accent was not compatible with sound films. Constance became a successful real estate and business investor. Unfortunately, only a few of her films survive. In some ways, Constance lived a tragic life. She became a reclusive alcohol and drug abuser. She also had many affairs and relationships end badly. She was married four times but never had any children. Her first marriage, to a Greek tobacco importer, lasted two years. Marriage number two was to a Scottish soldier and the couple’s union lasted one year. Her third marriage was only two years duration. The fourth time must have been the charm, as she and her stock broker husband were married about 25 years. The marriage only ended upon his death. In 1973, Constance Talmadge died from pneumonia. This vintage real photo postcard was published by Ross Verlag. It was part of a series (no.2033/1). The postcard has the logo of “Fanamet” in the lower right hand corner of the image. “Fanamet Films” was an Austrian film distribution company. The logo for “First National Pictures” is located on the bottom left hand corner of the image. First National Pictures was an American motion picture production and distribution company. The company was founded in 1917 as a theater chain. It then began distributing movies and in 1924 it began producing films. In 1929 the company was absorbed by Warner Brothers. The vintage portrait postcard has residue on the reverse stemming from it’s former residency in a postcard album. However, the postcard is in very good condition and has great clarity (see scans).

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NAOMI CHILDERS: GLAMOROUS AMERICAN SILENT FILM ACTRESS

This vintage real photo postcard features silent film actress, Naomi Childers (1892-1964). Although she was born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, her parents were English. She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and was educated in the Maryville convent. She began acting at age three. At age ten, she played the title roles in both “Red Riding Hood” and “Alice in Wonderland” at St. Louis’s Odeon Theater. In 1912 she played roles in “The Great Name” and “Madame X”. Childers had one Broadway appearance which occurred in “The Great Name” ( 1911 ). Childers”s film career began in 1913. For the most part, she was a character actress. She played roles in “The Turn of the Road (1915) and “The Writing on the Wall” (1916). She spent four years working with the Vitagraph company. Her most popular role was in “Womanhood, the Glory of the Nation” in which she played a modern Joan of Arc. She joined the Commonwealth Company in 1917. Although Childers played many dramatic roles, she preferred comedy. The IMDb lists 104 film credits for Miss Childers. She was quite beautiful. She was blonde and had deep blue eyes. She was voted the most beautiful woman in Japan, and many of her fans and critics found her physical appearance very similar to Sarah Bernhardt. She did a great deal of modeling work and her nickname was “the girl with the Grecian face”. Childers was married twice. Her first husband was Harold Darling Shattuck, the head of a major candy company. She was later married to Luther A. Reed, a film writer and director. They were married nine years until their divorce in 1929. In her later years, Childers had significant financial problems. Upon learning of her struggles, Louis B. Mayer awarded her a lifetime contract with MGM. Miss Childers looks very glamorous in this postcard image. She is wearing a fur stole and a large hat. Her jewelry includes a necklace, bracelet and wrist watch. This postcard has an AZO stamp box indicating that it was published between 1904 and 1918. The postcard is part of a series (#218). It is in excellent condition (see scans).

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