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List of famous female silent film actresss, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female silent film actresss list contains the most prominent and top females known for being silent film actresss. There are thousand of females working as silent film actresss in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic silent film actresss have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a silent film actress then the people below should give you inspiration.

List ranges from Dorothy Gish to Lillian Gish and more.

While this isn't a list of all female silent film actresss, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female silent film actresss?" and "Who are the best female silent film actresss?"
Mary Pickford is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Silent Film Actresses
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Mary Pickford was a Canadian-American motion picture actress, co-founder of the film studio United Artists and one of the original 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Known as "America's Sweetheart", "Little Mary" and the "girl with the curls", she was one of the Canadian ...more

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Age: Died at 87 (1892-1979)

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Writer

Credits: The Coquette, Poor Little Rich Girl, Daddy-Long Legs, Little Annie Rooney

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Lillian Gish is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Silent Film Actresses
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Lillian Diana Gish was an American stage, screen and television actress, director and writer whose film acting career spanned 75 years, from 1912 to 1987. Gish was called The First Lady of American Cinema. She was a prominent film star of the 1910s and 1920s, particularly associated with the films ...more

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Age: Died at 100 (1893-1993)

Birthplace: Springfield, Ohio, United States of America

Profession: Screenwriter, Actor

Credits: The Night of the Hunter, The Birth of the Nation, Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages, Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl

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#71 on The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress

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Olive Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Silent Film Actresses
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Olive Thomas was an American silent film actress and model. Thomas began her career as an illustrators' model in 1914, and moved on to the Ziegfeld Follies the following year. During her time as a Ziegfeld girl, she also appeared in the more risqué show, The Midnight Frolic. In 1916, she began a ...more

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Age: Died at 26 (1894-1920)

Birthplace: Charleroi, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Profession: Pin-up girl, Model, Actor

Credits: Everybody's Sweetheart, Youthful Folly, The Flapper, Love's Prisoner, Tom Sawyer, + more

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Gloria Swanson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Silent Film Actresses
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Gloria May Josephine Swanson was an American actress, singer, and producer perhaps best known for her role as Norma Desmond, a reclusive silent film star, in the critically acclaimed 1950 film, Sunset Boulevard. She was one of the most prominent stars during the silent film era as both an actress ...more

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Age: Died at 84 (1899-1983)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Singer

Credits: Sunset Blvd., Queen Kelly, The Trespasser, Indiscreet

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#46 on The Greatest Actress Performances of All Time

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