Stars Of The Silent Film Era

By | January 23, 2019

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Actor Charlie Chaplin with Edna Purviance in The Cure. Source: (The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Charlie Chaplin: 'The Tramp'

Charlie Chaplin is probably the most famous of all the silent films stars. He acted in or directed nearly 100 films. He was born in London in the late 1800s. He arrived in America as part of a pantomime group before he got into movies. His character, ‘The Tramp’ is what he is most known for in the movie industry. In his personal life, he was known for liking very young women. He was married four times. He passed away in 1977. His body was notoriously stolen from the grave but later recovered. He was then buried in cement, so it could not happen again.

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Silent Film Actress, Greta Garbo. Source: (

Greta Garbo: 'I Want To Be Alone'

Greta Garbo was born with the name Greta Gustafsson in 1905 in Stockholm, Sweden. She was discovered while working at a department store. She began making films in Europe then came to America where she found true stardom. She worked for the MGM studio. She co-starred many times with John Gilbert, with whom she was romantically tied. Greta Garbo also made films with sound. One of her big movies was “Romance” where she spoke her most famous line, “I Want To Be Alone.” Garbo made a few more movies before she left Hollywood for good. After making movies for twenty years, she retired and spent the next fifty years in her New York City apartment, making no public appearances. This has led to a cult following with people always wondering what happened.