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Marie Doro, Photo by Bassano Ltd., December 1913.

National Portrait Gallery, London.

Marie Doro (1882-1956) was an American stage and film actress of the early silent film era.

She was born to Virginia Weaver and Richard Henry Stewart. She was first noticed as a chorus-girl by impresario Charles Frohman, who took her to Broadway, where she also worked for William Gillette of Sherlock Holmes fame, her early career being largely moulded by these two much-older mentors. Although generally typecast in lightweight feminine roles, she was in fact notably intelligent, cultivated and witty.

On Frohman’s death in the RMS Lusitania in 1915, she moved into films, initially under contract to Adolph Zukor; most of her early movies are lost. After making a few films in Europe, she returned to America, increasingly drawn to the spiritual life, and ended as a recluse, actively avoiding friends and acquaintances.

Toy butcher shop, c. 1900. 

The three walls are covered with a wallpaper of brown and blue, and the floor is covered with a tile design. The back wall has seven meat hooks hanging with meat on each hook. A carved wooden man with suit and tie stands on the left side of shop, in front of a white and blue counter below the hanging meats. A wooden butcher’s block with a silver knife and slab of meat on top. Beside it is a matching white with blue counter with turkey, ham and bowl on top. 

It was purchased from Hoffman’s Toy Shop for $1.50.

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“You say I have the most wicked face of any woman. You say my hair is like the serpent locks of Medusa, that my eyes have the cruel cunning of Borgia, that my mouth is the mouth of the sinister scheming Delilah, that my hands are like the talons of a Circe or the blood-bathing Elizabeth Bathory. And then you ask me of my soul—you wish to know if it is reflected in my face.”
- Theda Bara