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Jul. 6th, 2007

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Wong, Anna May







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Anna May Wong (January 3, 1905 – February 2, 1961) was the first notable Chinese American Hollywood actress.

Born Wong Liu Tsong (Chinese: 黃柳霜; Pinyin: Huáng Liǔshuāng) in Los Angeles, California, a daughter of a laundryman, she began playing bit parts as a teenager in the early days of Hollywood.
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Valentino, Rudolph







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Rudolph Valentino (May 6, 1895 – August 23, 1926) was an Italian actor.

Valentino was born to Marie Berthe Gabrielle Barbin (1856 - 1919), who was French, and his father, Giovanni Antonio Giuseppe Fidele Guglielmi (1853-1906), a veterinarian, was Italian. He had an older brother, Alberto (1892-1981), a younger sister, Maria, and an older sister Beatrice who died in infancy.

His father Giovanni had been in a traveling circus before meeting his mother and settling down as a veterinarian. Though his father was a strict authoritarian, his mother doted on her "beautiful baby" even to the exclusion of his older brother Alberto and younger sister Maria. By the time he was eleven he was an undisciplined, pampered bully. He was expelled from many schools, finally obtaining a diploma in the Science of Farming from the Academy of Agriculture.

He went to Paris where he learned apache dancing, joined a gay crowd, returned broke, took his inheritance of $4000 and, December 1913, sailed for New York. He worked as a busboy, then gigolo, while pursuing dance, especially the tango. In 1917 went to Hollywood and obtained a small dancing part in Alimony (1917). When he did get acting roles they were villains not lovers. Script writer June Mathis and director Rex Ingram convinced Metro to do The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921) and to cast Valentino in the lead. The first million dollar production saved Metro and made Rudy a star.

It also brought him to the attention of Alla Nazimova who wanted him to play opposite her in Camille (1921). Alla's friend, Natacha Rambova (nee Winifred Hudnut) became attached to Rudy and they eloped to Mexico 13 May, 1922 in the belief his divorce from Jean Acker was official. He was jailed as a bigamist and fined $10,000. After their re-marriage the following year she fled to Paris having never entered his new mansion, Falcon Lair. He took up her interest in séances and the occult. He began dating sexy Pola Negri partly to improve his image as a man. While touring to promote his last film, an editorial in the Chicago Tribune accused him of "effeminization of the American male". He defended his manhood by challenging the writer of the article to a boxing match (which never took place). He died shortly afterward. 80,000 mourners caused a near riot at his New York funeral. Another funeral followed in California.
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Pickford, Mary








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Mary Pickford (April 8, 1892 – May 29, 1979) was an Oscar-winning Canadian motion picture star and co-founder of United Artists in 1919. She was known as "America's Sweetheart," "Little Mary" and "the girl with the curls."

She was one of the first Canadian pioneers in early Hollywood and one of film's greatest pioneers. Her influence in the development of film acting was enormous. Because her international fame was triggered by moving images, she is a watershed figure in the history of modern celebrity. And as one of silent film's most important performers and producers, her contract demands were central to shaping the Hollywood industry.

The American Film Institute named Pickford 24th among the greatest female stars of all time (AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars).
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Chaplin, Charlie







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Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, Jr. KBE (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977), better known as Charlie Chaplin, was an English comedy actor. Chaplin became one of the most famous performers as well as a notable director and musician in the early to mid Hollywood cinema era. He is considered to be one of the finest mimes and clowns ever caught on film and has greatly influenced performers in this field.

Chaplin was also one of the most creative and influential personalities in the silent film era. He acted in, directed, scripted, produced, and eventually scored his own films. His working life in entertainment spanned over 65 years, from the Victorian stage and music hall in England as a child performer, almost until his death at the age of eighty-eight. Chaplin's high-profile public and private life encompassed highs and lows with both adulation and controversy.

His principal character was "The Tramp" (known as "Charlot" in France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal and Turkey). "The Tramp" is a vagrant with the refined manners and dignity of a gentleman. The character wears a tight coat, oversized trousers and shoes, a derby, carries a bamboo cane, and has a signature toothbrush moustache.
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Garbo, Greta







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Greta Garbo (September 18, 1905 – April 15, 1990) was a Swedish-born actress during Hollywood's silent film period and part of its Golden Age.

Regarded as one of the greatest and most inscrutable movie stars ever produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and the Hollywood studio system, Garbo received a 1955 Honorary Oscar "for her unforgettable screen performances" and was ranked as the fifth greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute.

In addition, it is claimed that the The Guinness Book of World Records named her as "the most beautiful woman who ever lived".
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Adopt the Stars ...

This community was made for me to host icons created for the stars of the silver screen (or golden) era. With help from http://simplyclassics.net/, I plan on going through every actor and actress that I feel strongly about.

These icons weren't made for a contest community or hastily put together. Instead, I have put quite a lot of feeling and care into their creation.

This era is a passion for me, one that I love. All of my 'heroes' are from this time period, most specifically Greta Garbo and Mary Pickford. Hopefully I'll bring 'classic' to the theme of classic star art!

My icons are up for adoption, however I do humbly ask that if you use any of them for personal use, you put a simple howdy-do note in the keyword using either winter_kismet or silver_kismet as the credit source.

(I won't be hunting down people with pitch forks and torches if you don't credit, however I will say bad juju will be visited upon your head should you claim you made them yourself. Karma is a nasty thing to mess with!)

I won't be taking requests. Odds are, if they're famous and from that era, I'll wind up doing them at some point. Comments and critiques are welcome, I am open minded.

My goal is to have a seperate style than what most use. I usually work in basic black and white, though sometimes I'll use sepia, font color or color pictures. Feel free to join this community or just watch it. Non-members can post.

If you're interested in affiliation, post here and not in any of the icon showcases please.

If you are interested in contests featuring this era, I run silver_icontest, silver_lims and pinup_stillness ... the latter being members only.

Thank you for visiting and enjoy the icons. I made them to be used.