Hoover Art Co. Model and Silent Film Actress Katherine MacDonald
Medium Silver print
Photo Date 1910c Print Date 1910c
Dimensions 6-5/8 x 5-1/16 in. (168 x 129 mm)
Photo Country United States (USA)
Photographer Country United States (USA)
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
Signed by the actress in ink. Photographer's information reversed out of negative. Attractive image of pretty woman holding a bough of flowers. She wears an unusual hat. Silent-screen actress Katherine MacDonald was a star, whose much-admired hourglass figure earned her the nickname "The American Beauty." At the peak of her popularity, MacDonald starred as Lady Jane in the second screen version of the old David Belasco success The Squaw Man (1918). Lavishly produced, the old Victorian stage play had more in its favor than MacDonald's much-vaunted beauty, but she was the entire show in potboilers such as Headin' South (1918), Mr. Fixit (1918), Riddle Gawne (1918), High Pockets (1919), The Beauty Market (1919), Passion's Playground (1920), The Turning Point (1920), The Beautiful Liar (1921), Stranger than Fiction (1921), Domestic Relations (1922), Chastity (1923), and Unnamed Woman (1925). All in all, Katherine MacDonald was better known from the gossip columns, where her rumored affair with President Woodrow Wilson became the talk of the town. MacDonald was the sister of screen actress Mary MacLaren, with whom she kept up a very public feud. She was one of the first female producers in Hollywood. She appeared opposite some of the top male stars of the period including Rudolph Valentino, William S. Hart, Lon Chaney, Hoot Gibson and Douglas Fairbanks. Even before she was producing her own films, her contract with First National brought her about $50,000 for each picture, putting her in the top ranks of actresses during 1920. Hoover Art Studios were active in Los Angeles and Pasadena.
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