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    Theda Bara Bra Top from Cleopatra and Shawl from A Fool There Was and The She-Devil. Theda Bara once reflected on her screen infamy: "Why, women kicked my photographs as they went into the theatres where my pictures were playing, and once on the streets of New York a woman called the police because her child spoke to me." Little wonder, considering that the on-screen Theda richly lived up to her billing as "Destiny's Dark Angel" and "The Satanic Sorceress of the Shadow Stage." This lot offers two of Theda's most notorious costume pieces. First, there's her Cleopatra halter top, a magnificent creation, festooned with faux jewels, embroidered snakes and even brass sphinx heads! And there's a splendid brown silk shawl with tassels, more 90" long, and sensual to the touch, that was part of Theda's finery as "The Vampire" in her star-making A Fool There Was (1914), in which she hissed (via subtitle) the immortal words, "Kiss me, my fool!". Joan Craig, who received this archive and jewelry from Theda shortly before the star's death, remembers this shawl was also part of Theda's wardrobe from The She-Devil (1919). Fox Studios advertised the film as "The Story of a Woman Who Raised Havoc with a Dozen Lovers," and it was one of Theda's personal favorites. "She loved the role," recalls Joan. "I remember Theda parading around her house wearing this shawl. It was especially significant to her." All three items are truly resplendent, were favored mementos of their former owner, and were worn in at least three of her legendary performances. In Excellent condition. From the Joan Craig Costume Archive of Theda Bara. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Joan Craig.

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    October, 2008
    4th-6th Saturday-Monday
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