Vintage original 8 x 10 in. US double-weight matte photograph of silent film star BEVERLY BAYNE c.1916.
She is depicted seated in a large carved wooden chair holding two callalilys. It has been inscribed in black ink by Beverly Bayne thusly: "To Mr. and Mrs. Berger -- and wee Birdie Jr. -- all good wishes always - Beverly Bayne." It is in near-fine condition.
*"Beverly Bayne (born Pearl Beverly Bayne or Bain; 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 ($2,400 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 to 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.
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."
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