This Day in Jewish History Prototypical Vamp of Silent Film Is Born

Actress Theda Bara played evil seductresses and uttered a line to her defeated prey that has become legendary: 'Kiss me, my fool.'

July 29, 1885, was the birthdate of silent-film star Theda Bara, who became one of the first superstars of the screen, but paid the price of being typecast from her first leading role as the prototypical “vamp,” and had only limited success in her efforts to land a more diverse range of roles.