Vinage original Star Players Photo Co. (Chicago, IL) vitreous plate of silent film actress BEVERLY BAYNE.
Manufactured by Edwin M. Knowles China Co. in 1915, this 9-in. diameter plate features a close shot of the beautiful female cinema star wearing a pearl neckalce and looking at the viewer. A facsimile of her signature is featured at the bottom.
This example is in very fine- unrestored condition.
*"Beverly Bayne (born Pearl Beverly Van Name; November 11, 1894 – August 18, 1982) was an American actress who appeared in silent films beginning in 1910 in Chicago, Illinois, where she worked for Essanay Studios.
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Bayne moved to Chicago when she was six. She stayed there for a time, and in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, before she settled in Chicago. She was sixteen when by curiosity she happened by the Essanay Studios. She was told she had a camera face. She began working there at a salary of $35/week. It was soon increased to $75 a week ($2,200 today). In a few years the actress was earning $350 weekly.
Her first films were The Rivals and The Loan Shark, both in 1912 (she played the feminine lead in the latter). Under contract to Essanay at this time was Gloria Swanson. It is said that Swanson wept because her eyes were blue and not brown as were Bayne's. Brown eyes were considered preferable for photography then. Francis X. Bushman. demanded Bayne as his female lead, and soon they were a romantic duo, appearing in 24 films. In 1916 the couple made Romeo and Juliet, which generated a sizeable profit. Bushman and Bayne were married in 1918, only three days after Bushman divorced his wife.
Bayne and Bushman left Essanay and made films for Metro Pictures from 1916–1918 and are credited as the first romantic team in film. In 1919–1920 the couple starred in a play, The Master Thief, based on a story by Richard Washburn Child, which did well. Later they appeared in vaudeville and as guest stars in dramatic stock. In 1924, a silent-film adaptation of The Age of Innocence was released by Warner Brothers; directed by Wesley Ruggles, it starred Bayne as Countess Olenska and Elliott Dexter as Newland Archer. This film is now lost.
Eventually, Bayne and Bushman drifted apart. Bayne and Bushman divorced in 1925, and her career went into decline after that. Soon both she and Bushman were out of motion pictures. On reflecting, Bushman believed their demise in films was caused by a new valet who inadvertently snubbed Louis B. Mayer. The movie mogul had called on him during a personal appearance tour. Others contend that the Hollywood establishment disapproved of Bushman divorcing his wife and marrying the much younger Bayne.
Bayne later married Charles T. Hvass, and they lived on a farm in Piscataway, New Jersey. Her final silent film was Passionate Youth in 1925. Unable to make a comeback, she worked on stage productions and on Broadway throughout the 1930s and 1940s. During the early 1940s, Miss Bayne performed in radio and did an occasional play. During World War II her serious work involved British War Relief.
Her only sound film was The Naked City (1948) with Barry Fitzgerald and Howard Duff, although her name does not appear in the credits. It was her last film."
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