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Boardman in 1923
|Died||December 12, 1991 (aged 93)|
(m. 1926; div. 1933)
(m. 1940; died 1968)
Early life and career
Eleanor Boardman was born on August 19, 1898, the only child to George W. Boardman (1863–1945) and Jane Merriam Stockman Boardman (1866–1954). Educated in Philadelphia, Boardman originally acted on stage, but she lost her voice while starring in The National Anthem. Then she entered a nationwide contest for new actors and actresses for silent films. She was chosen from among 1,000 competitors by Goldwyn Pictures as their "New Face of 1922". Her initial screen test was unsuccessful, but a second test resulted in a contract. After several successful supporting roles, she played the lead in Souls for Sale in 1923. That same year, Boardman's growing popularity was reflected by her inclusion on the list of WAMPAS Baby Stars.
She appeared in more than 30 films during her career, achieving her greatest success in director King Vidor's The Crowd (1928). Her performance in that film is widely recognized as one of the outstanding performances in American silent films. In 1932, after some success in sound films, she parted ways with MGM. Her final film was The Three Cornered Hat, which was made in Spain in 1935. After that production, she retired from acting and retreated from Hollywood. Her only subsequent appearance was in an interview filmed for Kevin Brownlow and David Gill's British documentary series Hollywood (1980).
Boardman was married to film director King Vidor,:111 with whom she had two daughters, Antonia and Belinda. They married in 1926 and were divorced on April 11, 1933. Fellow actors John Gilbert and Greta Garbo had planned a double wedding with them, but Garbo broke the plans at the last minute.:111
On May 23, 1929, a federal grand jury returned an indictment that charged Boardman with evading income tax payments in 1925, 1926, and 1927. Simultaneously, an information filed in federal court accused Vidor of income tax evasion in 1925 and 1926. J. Marjorie Berger, an income tax counselor in Hollywood, had earlier been indicted on charges of preparing a false income tax return for the couple for 1925.
Boardman's second husband was Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast, to whom she was married from 1940. She divided her time between the United States and their chateau in the Pyrenees Mountains. After her husband's death in 1968, she permanently relocated back to the United States, where she settled into Montecito, California, living in a house she designed.
|1922||The Strangers' Banquet||Jean McPherson|
|Vanity Fair||Amelia Sedley||Lost film|
|Souls for Sale||Miss Remember Steddon|
|Three Wise Fools||Rena Fairchild / Sydney Fairfield|
|The Day of Faith||Jane Maynard||Lost film|
|1924||True as Steel||Ethel Parry||Incomplete film|
|Wine of Youth||Mary Hollister|
|Sinners in Silk||Penelope Stevens||Lost film|
|The Turmoil||Mary Vertrees|
|The Silent Accuser||Barbara Jane||Lost film|
|So This Is Marriage?||Beth Marsh||Lost film|
|The Wife of the Centaur||Joan Converse||Lost film|
|1925||The Way of a Girl||Rosamond|
|The Circle||Elizabeth Cheney|
|Exchange of Wives||Margaret Rathburn|
|The Only Thing||Thyra, Princess of Svendborg|
|The Auction Block||Lorelei Knight||Lost film|
|Bardelys the Magnificent||Roxalanne de Lavedan|
|Tell It to the Marines||Nurse Norma Dale|
|1929||She Goes to War||Joan|
|1930||Mamba||Helen von Linden|
|1931||The Great Meadow||Diony Hall|
|The Flood||Joan Marshall|
|Women Love Once||Helen Fields|
|The Squaw Man||Lady Diana Kerhill|
|1935||The Three Cornered Hat||The Miller's Wife|
- "Eleanor Boardman born in Philly". Reading Times. Pennsylvania, Reading. March 14, 1928. p. 10. Retrieved February 27, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
- Fleming, E. J. (2009). Paul Bern: The Life and Famous Death of the MGM Director and Husband of Harlow. McFarland. p. 68. ISBN 978-0-7864-5274-3. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
- Parsons, Louella (September 28, 1933). "Eleanor Vidor betrothed". Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph. Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh. Universal Service. p. 2. Retrieved February 27, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Evasion of Taxes Charged Actress". The Salt Lake Telegram. Utah, Salt Lake City. Associated Press. May 23, 1929. p. 1. Retrieved February 27, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Eleanor Boardman Weds". The New York Times. Associated Press. June 1, 1940. p. 17. Retrieved November 12, 2020 – via ProQuest.
- "Eleanor Boardman: Actress, 93". The New York Times. Associated Press. December 17, 1991. p. D 21. Retrieved November 12, 2020 – via ProQuest.
- Hollywood Walk of Fame - Eleanor Boardman
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