french actress ⋒ jeanne roques aka musidora (paris † paris film director and writer. acting in silent films, she gained popularity as irma vep' (an anagram of the word vampire) in the louis feuillade serial " les vampires" vintage portrait
Theda Bara was promoted as an exotic beauty of French and Arabic descent, to whom English was not a first language. She often played exotic vamp characters. She was actually born Theodosia Goodman and lived in Cincinnati. Here she portrays Cleopatra.
Portrait of Theda Bara "The Vamp", As to vamping, critics stated that her portrayal of calculating, coldhearted women was morally instructive to men. Bara responded by saying, "I will continue doing vampires as long as people sin.