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Famous Female Silent Film Actresses

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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 pioneers in early Hollywood and a significant figure in the development of film acting. In consideration of her contributions to American cinema, the American Film Institute ranked Pickford as 24th in its 1999 list of greatest female stars of all time. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 87 (1892-1979)

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

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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 of director D. W. Griffith, including her leading role in one of the highest grossing films of the Silent era, Griffith's seminal Birth of a Nation. Her sound-era film appearances were sporadic but included well known roles in the controversial western Duel in the Sun and the offbeat thriller Night of the Hunter. She did considerable television work from the early 1950s into the 1980s and closed ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 100 (1893-1993)

Birthplace: Springfield, Ohio, United States of America

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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 successful career in silent films and would appear in over twenty features over the course of her four-year film career. That year she also married actor Jack Pickford, the younger brother of silent film star Mary Pickford. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 26 (1894-1920)

Birthplace: USA, Charleroi, Pennsylvania

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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 and a fashion icon, especially under the direction of Cecil B. DeMille. She starred in dozens of silent films and was nominated for the first Academy Award in the Best Actress category. She also produced her own films, including Sadie Thompson and The Love of Sunya. In 1929, Swanson transitioned to talkies with The Trespasser. Personal problems and changing tastes saw her popularity wane during the ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 84 (1899-1983)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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