Theda Bara


National Police Gazette magazine cover with Theda Bara

Theda Bara on the cover of the June 17, 1916 issue of The National Police Gazette magazine, which was a tabloid magazine.


One of the most accomplished movie actresses, with her Russian wolfhound "Galloper." 

Theda Bara sheet music. "I've Lost You, So Why Should I Care?"

I've Lost You So Why Should I Care

Theda Bara

by Richard Howard.  Writer of "Goodbye Little Girl of My Dreams" etc.

Note: besides containing the piano music for this song, there is also the music for a four-part male quartet.  This song was copyrighted in 1916.

Theda Bara souvenir card

Theda Bara   Fox Star

card from late 1910s.

Theda Bara advertising card


The daughter of genius, her father being Guesippi Bara, an Italian sculptor, who married Mlle. Theda de Coppet, a French actress. She was born July 20, 1890, in Cairo, Egypt. At the age of 16 she appeared on the stage. In Paris she is known as "the woman with the beautiful, wicked face." In "The Kreutzer Sonata," and "A Fool There Was," she gained fame as "the vampire woman." Fox.

Copyright 1916, by A. Manford Stryker, Chicago

Note: Most of this information is a press agent's fabrication. Theda's father Bernard Goodman was a Polish, Jewish tailor. Her mother, Pauline Louise Françoise deCoppet, was a wigmaker. Theda was born on July 29, 1885 in Cincinnati, Ohio. At 16, she was at Walnut Hills High School, although she already had hopes of being an actress. And her real name was Theodosia Goodman, but her nickname had always been Theda. -- Bruce Calvert

More Information on Theda Bara...


Theda Bara in Romeo and Juliet (1916)

Theda Bara in Salome (1918)

Theda Bara in When Men Desire (1919)

Theda Bara in Kathleen Mavourneen (1919)

Theda Bara in The Unchastened Woman (1925)

Theda Bara in Madame Mystery (1926)


Vamp: The Rise and Fall of Theda Bara by Eve Golden.

Theda Bara: A Biography of the Silent Screen Vamp, with a Filmography by Ronald Genini.

Last Modified March 20, 2023