Old Hollywood 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
Mary Pickford 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. ...more

Louise Brooks is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Louise Brooks 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: ...more

Lillian Gish is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Lillian Gish 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 ...more

Norma Talmadge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Norma Talmadge 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 ...more

Olive Thomas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Olive Thomas 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 ...more

Mabel Normand is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Mabel Normand 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, ...more

Gloria Swanson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Gloria Swanson 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, ...more

Marion Davies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Marion Davies 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 ...more

Barbara La Marr is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Barbara La Marr Barbara La Marr was an American stage and film actress, cabaret artist, and screenwriter. La Marr was known as "The Girl Who Is Too Beautiful," after a Hearst newspaper feature writer, ...more

Blanche Sweet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Blanche Sweet Sarah Blanche Sweet was an American silent film actress who began her career in the earliest days of the Hollywood motion picture film industry.

Pola Negri is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Pola Negri Pola Negri was a Polish stage and film actress who achieved worldwide fame during the silent and golden eras of Hollywood and European film for her tragedienne and femme fatale roles. She was ...more

Constance Talmadge is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Constance Talmadge Constance Alice Talmadge was an American silent movie star born in Brooklyn, New York. She was the sister of actresses Natalie and Norma Talmadge.

Dorothy Gish is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Dorothy Gish Dorothy Elizabeth Gish was an American actress, and the younger sister of actress Lillian Gish.

Annette Kellerman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Annette Kellerman Annette Marie Sarah Kellerman was an Australian professional swimmer, vaudeville star, film actress and writer. She was one of the first women to wear a one-piece bathing costume, instead of the ...more

Florence Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Florence Lawrence Florence Lawrence was a Canadian-American stage performer and film actress. She is often referred to as "The First Movie Star", and was the first film actor to be named publicly. At ...more

Lupe Vélez is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Lupe Vélez María Guadalupe Villalobos Vélez, known professionally as Lupe Vélez, was a Mexican film actress. Vélez began her career in Mexico as a dancer in vaudeville, before ...more

Theda Bara is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Theda Bara Theda Bara was an American silent film and stage actress. Bara was one of the most popular actresses of the silent era, and one of cinema's earliest sex symbols. Her femme fatale roles earned ...more

Florence Lee is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Florence Lee Florence Lee was an American actress of the silent era. She appeared in 99 films between 1911 and 1931. She was born in Jamaica, Vermont and died in Hollywood, California at the age of 74.

Mary Miles Minter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Mary Miles Minter Mary Miles Minter was an American actress. She appeared in 54 silent era motion pictures from 1912 to 1923. In 1922, Minter was involved in scandal surrounding the murder of director William ...more

Virginia Rappe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Virginia Rappe Virginia Rappe was an American model and silent film actress. She worked mostly in small bit parts, and is best known for her death after attending a party with actor Fatty Arbuckle, who was ...more

Mae Marsh is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Mae Marsh Mae Marsh was an American film actress with a career spanning over 50 years.

Mary Alden is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Mary Alden Mary Maguire Alden was an American motion picture and stage actress. She was one of the first Broadway actresses to work in Hollywood.

Renée Adorée is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Renée Adorée Renée Adorée was a French actress who appeared in Hollywood silent movies during the 1920s.

Claire McDowell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Claire McDowell Claire McDowell was an American actress of the silent era. She appeared in 350 films between 1908 and 1945. Still something of a youthful beauty when she started in early silent films she ...more

Clara Bow is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Clara Bow Clara Gordon Bow was an American actress who rose to stardom in silent film during the 1920s. It was her appearance as a plucky shopgirl in the film It that brought her global fame and the ...more

Colleen Moore is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Colleen Moore Colleen Moore was an American film actress who began her career during the silent film era. Moore became one of the most fashionable stars of the era and helped popularize the bobbed haircut.

Alice Terry is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Alice Terry Alice Terry was an American film actress who began her career during the silent film era, appearing in thirty-nine films between 1916 and 1933.

Vilma Bánky is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Vilma Bánky Vilma Bánky was a Hungarian-born American silent film actress, although the early part of her acting career began in Budapest, spreading to France, Austria, and Germany. Banky was best ...more

Bessie Love is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Bessie Love Bessie Love was an American motion picture actress who achieved prominence mainly in the silent films and early talkies. With a small frame and delicate features, she played innocent young ...more

Betty Compson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Betty Compson Betty Compson was an American actress. Born Eleanor Luicime Compson in Beaver, Utah, she had an extensive film career. Her father died when she was young, and she was forced to drop out of ...more

Eleanor Boardman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Eleanor Boardman Eleanor Boardman was an American film actress of the silent era.

Mae Murray is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Mae Murray Mae Murray was an American actress, dancer, film producer, and screenwriter. Murray rose to fame during the silent film era and was known as "The Girl with the Bee-Stung Lips" and ...more

Dolores Costello is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Dolores Costello Dolores Costello was an American film actress who achieved her greatest success during the era of silent movies. She was nicknamed "The Goddess of the Silent Screen". She was ...more

Anita Page is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Anita Page Anita Page was an American film actress who reached stardom in the last years of the silent film era. Page became a highly popular young star, reportedly receiving the most fan mail of anyone on ...more

Viola Dana is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Viola Dana Viola Dana was an American film actress who was successful during the era of silent films. The diminutive actress appeared in over 100 films, but was unable to make the transition to sound

Jetta Goudal is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Jetta Goudal Jetta Goudal was a Dutch-born American actress, successful in Hollywood films of the silent film era.

Alla Nazimova is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Alla Nazimova Alla Nazimova was a Russian-American film and theater actress, screenwriter and film producer. She is perhaps best known as simply Nazimova, but also went under the name Alia Nasimoff. She ...more

Nita Naldi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Nita Naldi Nita Naldi was an American silent film actress. She was usually cast in the role of the "femme fatale"/"vamp", a persona first popularized by actress Theda Bara.

Janet Gaynor is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Janet Gaynor Janet Gaynor was an American film, stage and television actress and painter. Gaynor began her career as an extra in shorts and silent films. After signing with Fox Film Corporation in 1926, she ...more

Lois Wilson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Lois Wilson Lois Wilson was an American actress who worked during the silent film era. She also directed two short films and was a scenario writer.

Anna May Wong is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Anna May Wong Anna May Wong was the first Chinese American movie star, and the first Asian American actress to gain international recognition. Her long and varied career spanned both silent and sound film, ...more

Maude Fealy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Maude Fealy Maude Fealy was an American stage and silent film actress who survived into the talkie era.

Bebe Daniels is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Bebe Daniels Bebe Daniels was an American actress, singer, dancer, writer and producer. She began her career in Hollywood during the silent movie era as a child actress, became a star in musicals such as ...more

Florence La Badie is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Florence La Badie Florence La Badie was an American actress in the early days of the silent film era. Though little known today, she was a major star between 1911 and 1917. Her career was at its height when she ...more

Claire Windsor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Claire Windsor Claire Windsor was a notable American film actress of the silent screen era.

Alice Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Alice Calhoun Alice Calhoun was an American silent film actress.

Mary Brian is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Mary Brian Mary Brian was an American actress and movie star who made the transition from silent films to sound films.

Corinne Griffith is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Corinne Griffith Corinne Mae Griffith was an American film actress, producer and author. Dubbed "The Orchid Lady of the Screen", she was one of the most popular film actresses of the 1920s and widely ...more

Marie Prevost is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Marie Prevost Marie Prevost was a Canadian-born film actress. During her twenty-year career, she made 121 silent and talking pictures. Prevost began her career during the silent film era. She was discovered ...more

Anita Stewart is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Silent Film Actresses
Anita Stewart Anita Stewart was an American actress and film producer of the early silent film era.