CLEOPATRA, Theda Bara (born Theodosia Burr Goodman) (July 1885 – April was an American silent film actress. Bara was one of the most popular screen actresses of her era, and was one of cinema's earliest sex symbols. Read More: Theda Bara

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"Hathor is the Egyptian goddess of love, beauty, fertility, music, and dance. She is also the personification of the Milky Way.(Photo: Theda Bara in Cleopatra)

Vivien Leigh in "Caesar and Cleopatra" (1945)

Vivien Leigh being Cleopatra in the 1945 film Caesar and Cleopatra based on the play by George Bernard Shaw

Sophia Loren posing before the Cleopatra’s Needle Sphinx in London, 1957 first posted by beauvelvet

Sophia Loren posing before the Cleopatra’s Needle...

Luisa Casati, photographer unknown, 1920′s

Marchesa Luisa Casati - Those famous Casati eyes. Probably more in style in the early with silent films. Once the "talkies" came in, such harsh eye makeup became passé.

Theda Bara - kauernd

Theda Bara, as the vampire, 1915 -[in a publicity shot for the film A Fool There Was directed by Frank Powell].

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Theda Bara als Kleopatra

THEDA BARA as SALOME in Theda was typecast as the eternal Vamp, and the dark seductress. The public wouldn't accept her in any other role. From Love Goddesses by Roger Manvell 1975 (minkshmink)


Theda Bara was promoted as an exotic beauty of French and Arabic descent, to whom English was not a first language. She often played exotic vamp characters. She was actually born Theodosia Goodman and lived in Cincinnati. Here she portrays Cleopatra.