A great tribute to Mel Brooks! ^_^
Neighbors (1920) Buster Keaton
Rhymes that keep their secrets
Will unfold behind the clouds
Olive Thomas (1894-1920).
Thomas began her career as an illustrator’s model in 1914, and moved on to the Ziegfeld Follies the following year. She also appeared in the more risqué show The Midnight Frolic.
During her time in The Follies, Thomas began an affair with Florenz Ziegfeld.
Thomas ended the affair with Ziegfeld after he refused to leave Billie Burke to marry her.
In 1916, she began a successful career in silent films and would appear in more than 20 features over the course of her four-year film career.
Shortly after she signed with Triangle Pictures, news broke of her engagement to actor Jack Pickford, whom she had married a year prior. Thomas and Pickford, who was the younger brother of Mary Pickford, kept the marriage secret because Thomas did not want people to think her success in film was due to her association with the Pickfords.
After leaving Triangle, Thomas signed with Selznick Pictures Company in December 1918. She hoped for more serious roles, believing that with her husband signed to the same company, she would have more influence. Her first film for Selznick, Upstairs and Down (1919), proved successful and established her image as a “baby vamp”.
Her first husband was Bernard Krug whom she married in 1911 when she was only 16.
By most accounts, Thomas was the love of Jack Pickford’s life. However, the marriage was tumultuous and filled with highly charged conflict, followed by lavish making up through the exchange of expensive gifts. Pickford’s family did not always approve of Thomas.
On September 10, 1920, Thomas died in Paris five days after ingesting her husband's syphillis medication, mercury bichloride, that brought on acute nephritis. Although her death was ruled accidental, news of her hospitalization and subsequent death were the subject of speculation in the press. Thomas’ death has been cited as one of the first heavily publicized Hollywood scandals.
Upstairs and Down
The Avengers - silent movie version 😉
We think too much and feel too little.
Arthur Edmund Carewe as Count Alix Voronassof
THE WORLD AND ITS WOMAN 1919
Goodnight out there, whatever you are.
James A. Marcus, Vilma Banky & Rudolph Valentino in ‘The Eagle’ 1925.