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Vintage original 8 x 10 in. US single-weight glossy photograph of silent film actress CECILE ARNOLD c.1915.

Taken during her association with the Triangle Film Company's "Keystone Comedies" brand headed by Mack Sennett, she is depicted in an interior publicity shot that was taken by the acclaimed photographer, Paul Grenbeaux (whose photographs are also held by the Library of Congress). Featured on the verso in light purple ink is a rubber stamp credit ("Triangle-Keystone"). This example was unused and is in very fine- condition.


*"Cecile Arnold (born Cecile Laval Arnoux; July 9, 1893 – June 18, 1931) was an American silent filmactress and Ziegfeld Follies girl.


Arnold, who was known for playing vamps, was a Ziegfeld Follies girl before moving to Mack Sennett's Keystone Studios in 1913. She appeared in at least fifty films with notable figures such as Charlie Chaplin, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Mack Swain and Chaplin's half brother Syd until 1917. Perhaps her most memorable role is as the vamp in The Face on the Bar Room Floor. Arnold had multiple aliases, one of them being Cecele Arno, which she used when she was in the chorus of the 1916 Al Jolson show Robinson Crusoe, Jr.


Arnold married her first husband, Chauncy Frank Reynolds, who was an actor at Keystone, in 1917. They divorced in 1919, and, while on a trip to China with her newspaper reporting brother, met David Toeg, a stock broker from a wealthy Syrian family. Toeg and Arnold married, and resided in Hong Kong together. According to Brent Walker's book, "Mack Sennett's Fun Factory," she left Hong Kong for San Francisco in 1922 so her child could be born in America. She departed from Hong Kong on June 14, 1924, and her son, Robert Raphael Toeg, who was reportedly the result of an affair with Nicolai Nicolaivich Merkuloff (1905–1972), a Russian merchant, was born on March 15, 1925, in San Francisco. Curiously, some sources list Arnold's mother as the mother of Robert. Toeg and Arnold divorced sometime before June 18, 1931, according to Arnold's death certificate.


Cecile died on June 18, 1931, of acute infective myocarditis. She is buried at Happy Valley Roman Catholic Cemetery in Hong Kong."

*(source: Wikipedia)



CECILE ARNOLD (c.1915) 8x10 Photograph 01 By Paul Grenbeaux

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