The It Girl of 1921

Seriously classic eye candy

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Betty Blythe, silent film era movie star and sex symbol. Tying in with yesterday’s “Larnin” post on ancient civilizations, she played the lead in the 1921 Fox film The Queen of Sheba. Dude. 1921? Srsly? I’m seeing almost nakedness in these pics ... nice figure! ... must have been one helluva racy film for 1921. What was the term, “blue movies”?

Blythe replaced Theda Bara - the original cinema “It” girl - by the early 20s, and spent the next decade torching up films. And here I thought the Roaring 20s was all about those stick skinny flapper girls. Not hardly!

Betty Blythe (September 1, 1893 – April 7, 1972) was an American actress who was one of Hollywood’s earliest sex symbols. Blythe is best remembered for her dramatic roles in exotic silent films such as “The Queen of Sheba” (1921).

Silent Era, hell. She worked steadily in Hollywood from 1916 until 1964, appearing in at least two films per year, every year, until 1952. From 1917 to the early 1930s she was either the lead actress or one of the top billed ones in every film she made. 

Posted by Drew458    United States   on 01/03/2013 at 02:44 PM   
  1. Drew, I believe the original IT girl was Clara Bow.  In fact, coincidence, BBC-TV did a documentary on her last week.  You’ve only to see one of her silent films to understand why she became so popular. She was just a natural and the camera loved her. I think I did too.

    Posted by peiper    United Kingdom   01/03/2013  at  08:00 PM  
  2. I think you’re right. But this one and that otter one also had their moment in the spotlight. And Betty B was the first film actress to get nekkid ... mostly nekkid ... in front of the camera. Off screen, she was married to the same guy for her whole life, very much unlike the Hollywood of today.

    Posted by Drew458    United States   01/03/2013  at  10:35 PM  
  3. I must say, that is quite a lovely lady. The return to prudery was a shame.

    Posted by cmblake6    United States   01/05/2013  at  03:47 PM  
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