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May 4, 2022 41 min

Theda Bara is often referenced as the first sex symbol, or the first celebrity to have an entire persona crafted by a PR team. Photos of her are synonymous with the word vamp, and 100 years later, still have a certain mysterious appeal. But what was she really like?


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  • “Gordon Theater.” Democrat and Chronicle. Jan. 10, 1915.
  • “An Interviewer Sees Theda Bara, the Mysterious.” Waco Morning News. Nov. 5, 1915.
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  • Golden, Eve. “Vamp: The Rise and Fall of Theda Bara.” Vestal Press. 1998.
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