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200 Legendary Old Hollywood Actresses - a list by PrudenceHill

Florence Lawrence, The Biograph Girl of "Biograph Company". The actual first star in early 1910.

Florence Lawrence "The Biograph Girl" First star to be named in early silents


Florence Lawrence, called the Biograph Girl. She was the first silent film starlet but now little is known about her. She died at a young age by injesting poison. Her grave is in California and a cage of peacocks sits atop of the grave..saw it in interesting and so tragic!!!

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Florence Lawrence (1890 - 1938) was the first movie star. At the height of her fame in the 1910s, she was known as "The Biograph Girl", "The Imp Girl", and "The Girl of a Thousand Faces". She appeared in almost 300 films for various motion picture companies.


Florence Lawrence (January 2, 1890[1] – December 28, 1938) in better days. She is considered to be the first movie star and the first Hollywood star to die tragically. Lawrence ingested cough syrup and ant paste at her home in West Hollywood. Accounts differ as to how Lawrence was discovered; some media accounts say her neighbor, Marian Menzer, heard her screams while others say that Lawrence called Menzer herself stating that she poisoned herself.


T.E. Lawrence....Lawrence of Arabia 1888-1935


●Actress Florence Lawrence invented the first turn signal or “auto signaling arm” which attached to the car’s rear fender. She is quoted as saying “A car to me is something that is almost human, something that responds to kindness, understanding and care, just as people do.” Her prowess behind the wheel is evident in many of her silent movies, which helped to encourage women drivers. #WomenInAuto


"Resurrection" (1909) starring Arthur V. Johnson and Florence Lawrence

Florence Lawrence...she married automobile salesman Charles Byrne Woodring in 1921. They separated in 1929 and Lawrence was granted an interlocutory divorce in February 1931 which was finalized the following year. During the 1920s, Lawrence and Woodring opened a cosmetics store in Los Angeles called Hollywood Cosmetics. The store sold theatrical makeup and also sold a line of cosmetics that Lawrence developed. The store was forced to close in 1931.