Olive's Brief Flame
Her name was Olive Borden.
Her life began in 1906 and her flame was extinguished
at the age of 41 in 1947.
(Get out your hankie , 'cause this is a True Tearjerker!)
Her story was a Hollywood classic:
- beautiful young girl longs for fame and fortune
- gets a big break and is swept off her feet by
by her leading man, George O'Brien,
( dressed in little more than a few Fig Leaves)
- is betrayed by the leading man
- attempts to pull herself together, but suffers more betrayal and bad luck
Considered one of tinsel towns' most beautiful silent film stars , her
success was a meteoric rise which began in 1926 and had faded by
1930 ... . when she was only 24. Those few years must have been
quite a heady roller coaster ride for this flapper known to be quite
the party girl.
After failed contract negotiations with her studio, she moved to
New York and faced yet more challenges. Several unsuccessful plays
landed her in vaudeville , then into the arms of a stockbroker - in 1931.
Lousy time to find a stockbroker!
She marries the stockbroker .. .
then discovers he is still married to someone else. ( !!! )
He's charged with bigamy and she's on her own again.
Our beautiful Olive filed for bankruptcy in 1941 and found work during
WWII driving an ambulance .. . . . for $12.50 a week.
Olive's story must surely be one of Hollywood's great tragedies.
After her initial big break, her life became a series of big mistakes
and bad luck. Her last stop was the Sunshine Mission for Destitute
Women , on skid row in Los Angeles.
The glamorous photos belie the truth behind Olive's sad life ... ..
perhaps a reminder to look beyond the surface to
find what's real.
Read more about Olive HERE and HERE.
See more about Olives' movies HERE.
Olive has an excellent website, very thoughtfully
put together by a fan, who identifies herself only
Altered Vintage photos of Olive - copyright Judith Thibaut
Posted by studioJudith