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    Cleopatra (Fox, 1917). Title Lobby Card & Lobby Cards (6) (11" X 14").
    Perhaps the first actress to become a mega-star and sex symbol in the burgeoning Hollywood, Theda Bara's breakthrough role came early as the scandalous and smoldering "vampire woman" in her second film, A Fool There Was. This "vamp" role would practically define the rest of her career, as Fox perpetually cast Bara as tempting mistresses, femme fatales, and had her wearing costumes considered so outrageously indecent they could give local censors a case of the vapors. The pinnacle of her career, however, came two years later when J. Gordon Edwards cast her in Cleopatra as one of history's greatest seductresses, billed in advertisements with such epithets as "The Vampire Supreme" and "The Siren of the Nile." Bara is at her most queenly in these beautiful images, with all of the unrestored cards showing pinholes in the borders, edge wear, and some smudging and staining. There are corner bends in the lower corners of the title area, and one card has a bend in the upper right corner. One card has a small tear in the upper border, one card has a nick in the bottom border, another card has a chip in the right border, and another has paper lifts and some paper loss in the right border. Two of the cards have been cleaned with touchup applied to pinholes in the corners, and post-restoration wear includes a bend in the lower right corner and some mild smudging. Fine.


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    November, 2016
    19th-20th Saturday-Sunday
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