Eleanor Boardman

Actor, Model, Fashion correspondent
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 ... Read more »
Born: 08/19/1898 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (10)

The Crowd 1927 (Movie)

(Actor)

Gimme (Movie)

Clothilde Kingsley (Actor)

Redemption (Movie)

Lisa (Actor)

Sinners in Silk (Movie)

Penelope Stevens (Actor)

Tell It to the Marines (Movie)

Norma Dale (Actor)

The Auction Block (Movie)

Lorelei Knight (Actor)

The Big Chance (Movie)

(Actor)

The Great Meadow (Movie)

Diony Hall (Actor)

The Squaw Man (Movie)

Diana Kerhill (Actor)

Wine of Youth (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Suzanne Parry

Step-Daughter

Grandchild
had four

Harry D'Abbadie D'Arrast Director

Companion
Married 1940 separated late 1930s divorced c. 1946 Born in 1897 in Argentina died on March 17, 1968

King Vidor Director

Husband
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

Antonia Vidor

Daughter
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

Belinda Vidor

Daughter
born in the summer of 1930 father, King Vidor

EDUCATION

Germantown High School

Germantown, Pennsylvania

Academy of Fine Arts

Pennsylvania

Academy of Fine Arts

Pennsylvania

Milestones

1979

Appeared in Kevin Brownlow and David Gill's Thames TV documentary series about the silent movie era, "Hollywood"

1934

Made another one-shot (and final) return to film, in husband Harry d'Arrast's "The Three-Cornered Hat", shot independently in Spain

1933

Played small supporting role in independently-made, low-budget feature, "The Big Chance"

1931

Left MGM; effectively retired from the screen

1931

Acted in best remembered sound film, Cecil B. DeMille's remake of his 1914 silent success, "The Squaw Man"

1930

Made full-fledged talking film debut in "Mamba"

1929

Appeared in a part-talkie, "She Goes to War"

1928

Played what is her best remembered role, as the wife of an office clerk (James Murray) in King Vidor's "The Crowd"

1924

Contract with Goldwyn assumed by newly consolidated company, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

1923

Acted in several early films for Goldwyn Pictures, including "Day of Faith" and "Gimme"

1923

Played first leading role, as Remember Steddon, in "Souls for Sale"

1922

Made feature film debut in "The Stranger's Banquet"

1922

Brought to Hollywood by Samuel Goldwyn

1918

Appeared on Broadway with Edna Hibbard, Louise Dresser and Frank Morgan in "Rockabye, Baby"

Gained national recognition as the 'Kodak Girl' on Eastman Kodak's advertising posters

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

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