“Forgotten Hollywood”- Closing the Curtain on the Silent Era!

Posted on October 25, 2011 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here… Barbara_Kent_Stars_of_the_Photoplay

   And then there were none… The last film star from Hollywood’s Silent Era has died. Barbara Kent had a substantial career before Jolson uttered his first words on screen in 1927. She also dabbled in movies during the advent of the Studio Era before retiring in 1935.

   Barbara Kent was a Canadian-born student, who won the Miss Hollywood Pageant in 1925, the same year she graduated from  Hollywood High School. Universal Studios contracted the teen later that year. Her major film debut was impressive portraying a femme fetale opposite John Gilbert and Greta Garbo in Flesh and the Devil. She excelled in comedies playing opposite Harold Lloyd, Reginald Denny, Oliver Hardy, and Rex – the Wonder Horse!         BARBARA KENT

   Her transition to talkies was seamless appearing in Feet First (again with Harold Lloyd), and the first sound version of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist in 1933. Ironically, she lost interest in continuing to act in motion pictures after she got married to a talent agent.

   Barbara Kent was 103.

Until next time>                              “never forget”

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