Best Actress Performance of 1920

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What is the best performance by an Actress in a Leading Role of the year 1920?

1. Mary Pickford

Actress | Coquette

Mary Pickford was born Gladys Louise Smith in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Elsie Charlotte (Hennessy) and John Charles Smith. She was of English and Irish descent. Pickford began in the theater at age seven. Then known as "Baby Gladys Smith", she toured with her family in a number of theater ...

2. Lillian Gish

Actress | The Night of the Hunter

Lillian Diana Gish was born on October 14, 1893, in Springfield, Ohio. Her father, James Lee Gish, was an alcoholic who caroused around, was rarely at home and left the family to more or less fend for themselves. To help make ends meet, Lillian, her sister Dorothy Gish and their mother, Mary Gish ...

3. Olive Thomas

Actress | Beatrice Fairfax

Oliva R. Duffy was born on October 20, 1894, in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, the eldest of three children, with two younger brothers. Olive or Ollie, as she was known to family and friends, did not have much of a childhood. Life in industrial Pittsburgh was depressing and grim with its smoky factories ...

4. Gloria Swanson

Actress | Sunset Blvd.

Gloria Swanson went to public schools in Chicago; Key West, Florida; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her film debut was as an extra in The Fable of Elvira and Farina and the Meal Ticket (1915). From the following year on, she had leading roles in pictures for Keystone, then a year with Triangle, and, in...

5. Evelyn Preer

Actress | Within Our Gates

Born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, pioneering black actress Evelyn Preer was educated in Chicago, where she and her mother moved after the death of her father. She entered show business vis vaudeville and the "chitlin' circuit" of minstrel shows that served the country's strictly segregated black ...

6. Helen Jerome Eddy

Actress | Stowaway

A gentle-mannered, somewhat mournful-looking actress, brown-haired Helen Jerome Eddy enjoyed a substantial career in the silents, often in genteel, well-bred roles which required a certain amount of pathos. After acting on the stage at the Pasadena Playhouse, she began in films with the Lubin ...

7. Mabel Normand

Actress | Mickey

Mabel Normand was one of the comedy greats of early film. In an era when women are deemed 'not funny enough' it seems film history has forgotten her contributions. Her films debuted the Keystone Cops, Charlie Chaplin's tramp and the pie in the face gag. She co-starred with both Chaplin and Roscoe "...

8. Bebe Daniels

Actress | 42nd Street

Bebe Daniels already had toured as an actor by the age of four in a stage production of "Richard III". She had her first leading role at the age of seven and started her film career shortly after this in movies for Imperial, Pathe and others. At 14 she was already a film veteran, and was enlisted ...

9. Iris Hall

Actress | The Symbol of the Unconquered

Iris Hall was born on December 10, 1892 in Barbados. She was an actress, known for The Symbol of the Unconquered (1920) and The Homesteader (1919). She was married to Richard J. Ryan and Julian Baird. She died on July 11, 1984 in East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA.

10. Louise Glaum

Actress | Sex

Louise Glaum was born on September 10, 1888 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. She was an actress and producer, known for Sex (1920), Sweetheart of the Doomed (1917) and Honor Thy Name (1916). She was married to Zachary M. Harris and Harry J. Edwards. She died on November 25, 1970 in Los Angeles, ...

11. Barbara Bedford

Actress | The Last of the Mohicans

Barbara Bedford was born on July 19, 1903 in Eastman, Wisconsin, USA as Violet Rose. She was an actress, known for The Last of the Mohicans (1920), Smoke Bellew (1929) and Sunshine of Paradise Alley (1926). She was married to Terry Spencer, Alan Roscoe and Irvin Willat. She died on October 25, 1981...

12. Martha Mansfield

Actress | Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Stunning silent screen actress Martha Mansfield was a musical comedy star in New York City by the time she entered films in 1916 for Max Linder. Before long she advanced to second leads in features, including the role of Millicent Carew in the John Barrymore starrer Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920), ...

13. Marguerite De La Motte

Actress | The Mark of Zorro

Marguerite de la Motte was trained as a dancer, reputedly by the great ballerina Anna Pavlova, and entered films in 1918. She played opposite Douglas Fairbanks in many of his productions. Like many performers of the silent era, however, she was not able to sustain her career with the coming of ...

14. Doris Pawn

Actress | The Penalty

Doris Pawn was born on December 29, 1894 in Norfolk, Nebraska, USA as Doris Alice Pahn. She was an actress, known for The Penalty (1920), Putting It Over (1922) and Always the Woman (1922). She was married to Samuel William Dunaway, Paul Reiners and Rex Ingram. She died on March 30, 1988 in La ...

15. Hildur Carlberg

Actress | Prästänkan

Hildur Carlberg was born on December 20, 1843 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden. She was an actress, known for The Parson's Widow (1920), The Outlaw and His Wife (1918) and Ingmarssönerna (1919). She died on August 27, 1920 in Stockholm.

16. Pola Negri

Actress | Die Bergkatze

Pola Negri was born in Lipno, Poland, and moved to Warsaw as a child. Living in poverty with her mother, a teenage Pola auditioned and was accepted to the Imperial Ballet. Due to an illness that ended her dancing career, she soon switched to the Warsaw Imperial Academy of Dramatic Arts and became ...

17. Tora Teje

Actress | Damen med kameliorna

Tora Teje was born on January 17, 1893 in Stockholm, Sweden as Tora Johansson. She was an actress, known for Lady of the Camellias (1925), Secret of the Monastery (1920) and The Nurtull Gang (1923). She was married to Herman Sylwander. She died on April 30, 1970.

18. Henny Porten

Actress | Hintertreppe

Henny Porten was born January 7, 1890, in Magdeburg, Germany. She had one of the longest careers of any German actress and was highly sought after because of her wonderful thespian skills. Henny's career would stretch over six decades, from 1906 to 1955. Her first film was in Apachentanz (1906), ...

19. Priscilla Dean

Actress | The Dice Woman

Her parents were both stage actors, so Priscilla Dean began her career as an infant in their productions. She made her film debut at age 14 in a series of one-reelers for Biograph and several other studios. In 1911 she was hired by Universal Pictures and soon gained popularity as the female lead in...

20. Ressel Orla

Actress | Die Firma heiratet

Hardly remembered today, the dark-haired, wide-eyed Ressel Orla came to stardom quickly in the 1910s in Germany after her first major role in The Perfect Thirty-Six (1914) (released in America as The Perfect Thirty-Six). With no offers coming in for stage work, her original vocational pursuit, she ...

21. Gloria Swanson

Actress | Sunset Blvd.

Gloria Swanson went to public schools in Chicago; Key West, Florida; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her film debut was as an extra in The Fable of Elvira and Farina and the Meal Ticket (1915). From the following year on, she had leading roles in pictures for Keystone, then a year with Triangle, and, in...

22. Mary Pickford

Actress | Coquette

Mary Pickford was born Gladys Louise Smith in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Elsie Charlotte (Hennessy) and John Charles Smith. She was of English and Irish descent. Pickford began in the theater at age seven. Then known as "Baby Gladys Smith", she toured with her family in a number of theater ...

23. Marguerite Namara

Actress | Carmen

Marguerite Namara was born on November 19, 1888 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Marguerite Banks. She was an actress, known for Carmen (1932), Stolen Moments (1920) and Thirty Day Princess (1934). She was married to George Hoy, Guy Bolton and Frederick H. Toye. She died on November 3, 1974 in Marbella, ...

24. Ruth Renick

Actress | Cannonball Express

Ruth Renick was born on September 23, 1893 in Colorado City, Texas, USA as Ruth Griffin. She was an actress, known for Cannonball Express (1932), Children of the Night (1921) and 45 Calibre Echo (1932). She died on May 7, 1984 in Hollywood, California, USA.

25. Marion Davies

Actress | Not So Dumb

Marion Cecelia Douras was born in the borough of Brooklyn, New York on January 3, 1897. She had been bitten by the show biz bug early as she watched her sisters perform in local stage productions. She wanted to do the same. As Marion got older, she tried out for various school plays and did fairly ...

26. Constance Talmadge

Actress | Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

She was blonde; star sister Norma Talmadge was brunette. She was buoyant and a comedienne; Norma was introspective and a tragedienne. Nicknamed "Dutch" by her stage mother Peg as she looked like a cherubic Little Dutch Boy, silver screen star Constance Talmadge was one of silent pictures' most ...



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