Charming, gentle-featured leading actress of the silent screen. A former model and 'Kodak Girl', Boardman typically played well-bred flappers or troubled heroines in "women's pictures," though she was...
Appeared in Kevin Brownlow and David Gill's Thames TV documentary series about the silent movie era, "Hollywood"
Played what is her best remembered role, as the wife of an office clerk (James Murray) in King Vidor's "The Crowd"
Acted in best remembered sound film, Cecil B. DeMille's remake of his 1914 silent success, "The Squaw Man"
Made another one-shot (and final) return to film, in husband Harry d'Arrast's "The Three-Cornered Hat", shot independently in Spain
Landed a secondary role in "The National Anthem", a play written by J. Hartley Manners for his wife, actress Laurette Taylor; lost her voice during out-of-town tryouts and had to be replaced
Gained national recognition as the 'Kodak Girl' on Eastman Kodak's advertising posters
Played first leading role, as Remember Steddon, in "Souls for Sale"
Left MGM; effectively retired from the screen
Appeared on Broadway with Edna Hibbard, Louise Dresser and Frank Morgan in "Rockabye, Baby"
Brought to Hollywood by Samuel Goldwyn
Made full-fledged talking film debut in "Mamba"
Played small supporting role in independently-made, low-budget feature, "The Big Chance"
Made feature film debut in "The Stranger's Banquet"
Acted in several early films for Goldwyn Pictures, including "Day of Faith" and "Gimme"
Contract with Goldwyn assumed by newly consolidated company, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Appeared in a part-talkie, "She Goes to War"
Charming, gentle-featured leading actress of the silent screen. A former model and 'Kodak Girl', Boardman typically played well-bred flappers or troubled heroines in "women's pictures," though she was able to surpass star glamour and add a note of sympathetic ordinariness to her screen roles. Joining MGM upon its consolidation in 1924, Boardman was one of the new studio's first stars, and one of its busiest, starring in 11 films during her first two years with the studio.
A number of her films, including "Wine of Youth" (1924), the pleasing comedy "Proud Flesh" (1925) and the lavish swashbuckler "Bardelys the Magnificent" (1926), costarring John Gilbert, were directed by King Vidor, whose second wife she would become in 1926. Vidor also helmed Boardman's best-remembered film, "The Crowd" (1928), a remarkable study of an urban Everyman. While critics who generally pictured her in roles on a higher social plane thought her miscast in "The Crowd", Boardman achieved a performance of great subtlety that ranks among the finest in the history of silent screen acting. Unfortunately, her career in sound films, hurt by a series of either poor or unpopular films, quickly waned and she retired to marry director Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast.
married September 8, 1926; their wedding was almost a dual ceremony with Greta Garbo and John Gilbert, but Garbo changed her mind and never showed up; divorced 1932; Born February 8, 1894; died on November 1, 1982
born in November 1928; father King Vidor and Boardman planned name 'Boardman Vidor' if child were a boy; when daughter was born they had no name chosen; went nameless for several months, though 'Joyce' was tried briefly