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TRENDING List of Famous Silent Film Actresses

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List of famous silent film actresses, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top silent film actresses in the world? This includes the most prominent silent film actresses, living and dead, both in America and abroad. Silent film buffs will also enjoy the best silent films available for online streaming and the best horror films from the 1920s silent era. This list of notable silent film actresses is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic silent film actresses were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned silent film actresses.

With silent movie stars ranging from Olive Thomas to Lillian Gish, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorite female silent film actors.

From reputable, prominent, and well known silent film actresses to the lesser known silent film actresses of today, these are some of the best professionals in the silent film actress field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous silent film actresses ever?" and "What are the names of famous silent film actresses?" then you're in the right place. 

Mary Pickford is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous 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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#78 on The Best Female Directors

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

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Louise Brooks is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
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Louise Brooks, born Mary Louise Brooks, was an American dancer and actress, noted for popularizing the bobbed haircut. Brooks is best known as the lead in three feature films made in Europe: Pandora's Box, Diary of a Lost Girl, and Prix de Beauté; the first two were made by G. W. Pabst. She starred ...more

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Age: Died at 79 (1906-1985)

Birthplace: Cherryvale, Kansas, United States of America

Profession: Model, Actor, Dancer

Credits: Pandora's Box, The American Venus, Diary of a Lost Girl, Overland Stage Raiders A Social Celebrity, + more

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Lillian Gish is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous 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, Clark County United States, + more

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

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Norma Talmadge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
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Norma Talmadge was an American actress and film producer of the silent era. A major box office draw for more than a decade, her career reached a peak in the early 1920s, when she ranked among the most popular idols of the American screen. A specialist in melodrama, her most famous film was Smilin’ ...more

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Age: Died at 63 (1894-1957)

Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States of America

Profession: Film Producer, Actor

Credits: The Dove, Du Barry, Woman of Passion, Camille The Tables Turned, + more

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Olive Thomas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous 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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Mabel Normand is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
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Mabel Normand was an American silent film comedienne and actress. She was a popular star of Mack Sennett's Keystone Studios and noted as one of the film industry's first female screenwriters, producers, and directors. Onscreen she appeared in a dozen successful films with Charles Chaplin and ...more

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Age: Died at 38 (1892-1930)

Birthplace: New Brighton, New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Comedian, Actor, Film Director

Credits: Her Friend the Bandit, Tillie's Punctured Romance, Mabel's Married Life, Mabel at the Wheel Mabel's Busy Day, + more

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Gloria Swanson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous 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: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Singer

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

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#47 on The Greatest Actress Performances of All Time

#32 on The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time

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Marion Davies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
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Marion Davies was an American film actress, producer, screenwriter, and philanthropist. Davies was already building a solid reputation as a film comedienne when newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, with whom she had begun a romantic relationship, took over management of her career. Hearst ...more

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Age: Died at 64 (1897-1961)

Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Philanthropist

Credits: Page Miss Glory, Ever Since Eve, The Florodora Girl, The Fair Co-Ed The Hollywood Revue of 1929, + more

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