120+ gorgeous, glamorous actresses of the 1920s

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Vintage gorgeous, glamorous actresses of the 1920s

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Glamorous actresses of the 1920s: A new age of cinema celebrities

While fame itself was nothing new in the 1920s, the recent introduction of moving pictures had transformed the very meaning of the word. Indeed, the film stars of the late 1910s and the 1920s were a whole new breed of celebrity.

Initially, nameless players had been assembled by small studios to tell a story. It didn’t take long before movies — both silent films and “talkies” — became the diversion of choice for millions, meaning the actresses and actors up on the silver screen were now recognizable to cinema-goers all across the country.

By the time the calendar closed on 1919, dozens of men and women were so familiar to — and adored by — the public, they had truly become stars.

In 1926, Photoplay’s editors wrote, “millions of miles of film have flowed out of the camera since then, and Hollywood has been created and many, many millions of dollars.”

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Alice Terry (1923)

1923 Alice Terry 2


Patsy Ruth Miller (1923)

1923 Patsy Ruth Miller


Pauline Garon (1923)

1923 Pauline Garon


Billie Dove (1925)

1925 Billie Dove


Dorothy Seastrom (1925)

1925 Dorothy Seastrom


Eleanor Boardman (1925)

1925 Eleanor Boardman


Lois Wilson (1925)

1925 Lois Wilson


Mae Busch (1925)

1925 Mae Busch


Mary Brian (1925)

1925 Mary Brian


May Allison (1925)

1925 May Allison


Norma Talmadge (1925)

1925 Norma Talmadge


Pauline Starke (1925)

1925 Pauline Starke


Ruth Wilcox (1925)

1925 Ruth Wilcox


Sally Rand (1925)

1925 Sally Rand


Shirley Mason (1925)

1925 Shirley Mason


Virgina Valli (1925)

1925 Virgina Valli

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Blanche Sweet (1925)

1926 Blanche Sweet


Marion Davies (1925)

Vintage actress Marion Davies (1925)


Fay Wray (1926)

1926 Fay Wray


Helene Chadwick (1926)

1926 Helene Chadwick


Janet Gaynor (1926)

1926 Janet Gaynor


Mary Brian (1926)

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Olive Borden (1926)

1926 Olive Borden


Phyllis Haver (1926)

1926 Phyllis Haver


Seena Owen (1926)

1926 Seena Owen


Louise Brooks (1927)

1927 - Louise Brooks


Aileen Pringle (1927)

1927 Aileen Pringle


Alice Joyce (1927)

1927 Alice Joyce


Anna Q. Nilsson (1927)

1927 Anna Q Nilsson


Claire Windsor (1927)

1927 Claire Windsor - rebel
1927 Claire Windsor


Clara Bow (1927)

1927 Clara Bow - Girl of the Hour
1927 Clara Bow


Claudette Colbert (1927)

1927 Claudette Colbert debuts


Colleen Moore (1927)

1927 Colleen Moore


Dolores Costello (1927)

1927 Dolores Costello


Dolores Del Rio (1927)

1927 Dolores Del Rio


Dorothey Dwan (1927)

1927 Dorothy Dwan


Dorothy Sebastian (1927)

1927 Dorothy Sebastian


Eleanor Boardman (1927)

1927 Eleanor Boardman


Esther Ralston (1927)

1927 Esther Ralston

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Evelyn Brent (1927)

1927 Evelyn Brent


Fay Wray (1927)

1927 Fay Wray


Gilda Gray (1927)

1927 Gilda Gray


Gloria Swanson (1927)

1927 Gloria Swanson


Greta Nissen (1927)

1927 Greta Nissen 2
1927 Greta Nissen


Janet Gaynor (1927)

1927 Janet Gaynor smile


Joan Crawford (1927)

1927 Joan Crawford


Lillian Gish (1927)

1927 Lillian Gish


Lois Moran (1927)

1927 Lois Moran

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Marcelline Day (1927)

1927 Marcelline Day


Marian Nixon (1927)

1927 Marian Nixon


Nancy Phillips (1927)

1927 Nancy Phillips


Natalie Barrache — Natli Barr(1927)

1927 Natalie Barrache - Natli Barr


Olive Borden (1927)

1927 Olive Borden shhhh


Renee Adoree (1927)

1927 Renee Adoree

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Sadie Thompson (1927)

1927 Sadie Thompson


Jetta Goudal (1927)

Screenland magazine actress Jetta Goudal 1927


1928 Betty Bronson


Greta Garbo (1928)

1928 Greta Garbo

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Jacqueline Logan (1928)

1928 Jacqueline Logan


Josephine Borio (1928)

1928 Josephine Borio


June Collyer (1928)

1928 June Collyer


Laura La Plante (1928)

1928 Laura La Plante


Lupe Velez (1928)

1928 Lupe Velez


Marie Prevost (1928)

1928 Marie Prevost


Marion Nixon (1928)

1928 Marion Nixon


Mary Pickford (1928)

1928 Mary Pickford

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May McAvoy (1928)

1928 May McAvoy


Myrna Loy (1928)

1928 Myrna Loy


Bebe Daniels (1928)

Vintage 1920s actress Bebe Daniels (1923)


Sue Carol (1928)

1928 Sue Carol


Virgina Bradford (1928)

1928 Virginia Bradford


Yola D’Avril (1928)

1928 Yola DAvril


Alice White (1929)

1929 Alice White


Jeanette Loff (1929)

1929 Jeanette Loff


Leila Hyams (1929)

1929 Leila Hyams


Madge Bellamy (1929)

1929 Madge Bellamy


Stunning starlets on the silver screen

Below, take a look back with a photo gallery featuring some of the top female moving picture actresses of the Roaring Twenties by way of the portraits were published in Photoplay, one of the most popular fan magazines of the day.

The pictures include many of the talented women who were on their way to becoming icons of the age — such as Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Mary Pickford, Norma Talmadge, Gloria Swanson, Claudette Colbert, Norma Shearer, Fay Wray, Lillian Gish, Myrna Loy, Clara Bow, and the one and only Joan Crawford.

There are also those whose names may not be familiar, but whose looks — the fashion, hair and makeup — beautifully represent this bygone era. Some of those actresses include Louise Brooks, Betty Bronson, Dorothy Sebastian, Olive Borden, Dolores Del Rio, Sue Carol, Gilda Gray, Colleen Moore, Lupe Velez, Greta Nissen, Phyllis Haver, Anna May Wong, Evelyn Brent, Janet Gaynor, Jacqueline Logan, Billie Dove, Shirley Mason, Eleanor Boardman, Ruth Wilcox, Mary Allison, Sally Rand, Mary Brian and Claire Windsor.

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