Friday, October 21, 2011

In Memory: Silent Film Star Barbara Kent (December 16, 1907 – October 13, 2011).

Barbara Kent (December 16, 1907 – October 13, 2011). Was one of the last surviving stars of silent films, passed away in Palm Desert, Calif. She was 103. She began her Hollywood career in 1925, aged 17. She is best known for her performance with Greta Garbo in the film, Flesh and the Devil(1926).

She attracted attention in the film, No Man's Law(1927), by appearing to swim nude (she wore a flesh colored bathing suit). She made a smooth transition into talking pictures opposite, Harold Lloyd in the comedy, Welcome Danger (1929). Kent was also featured with Lloyd in the film, Feet First. She received praise for her role in the film, Oliver Twist(1933).

Her marriage in 1934 to casting agent and producer Harry E. Edington interrupted her career. During a one-year hiatus, Edington groomed Kent for what he intended to be a high-profile career; however by the time she returned to films, her popularity had waned and she was unable to establish herself again. She made her final film in 1935.

Please click here to read Indiscreet(1933) movie review.

Video: Indiscreet (1933) Full length Movie .

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