Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthOctober 20, 1894
DiedSeptember 10, 1920, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
SpouseJack Pickford, Bernard Krug Thomas
MarkPlaying teenage types, first as a baby vamp and later as a flapper
FactOnly daughter in a family of three. Her brothers were Michael James (born February 1893) and William L.(born May 1898).


Olive Thomas was an American actress and model during the early 1900s. She was born Olive R. Thomas on October 20, 1894, in Charleroi, Pennsylvania. Her parents were Welsh immigrants. She had four brothers and sisters. Olive was educated in the public schools of Charleroi and Pittsburgh.

Olive began her career as a model in New York City. She soon became one of the most popular models in the city. In 1916, she began appearing in silent films. Her first film was The Flapper. She quickly became a popular actress. In 1920, she starred in the film The Flapper. The film was a huge success. It made her a star.

In 1921, Olive married Jack Pickford, the brother of Mary Pickford. The couple had two children. They divorced in 1927.

Olive continued to appear in films throughout the 1920s. In 1925, she starred in the film The Perfect Flapper. The film was a huge success. It made her one of the most popular actresses of the time.

In 1926, Olive starred in the film The Great Gatsby. The film was a huge success. It made her one of the most popular actresses of the time.

In 1927, Olive starred in the film The Jazz Singer. The film was a huge success. It made her one of the most popular actresses of the time.

In 1928, Olive starred in the film The Divine Lady. The film was a huge success. It made her one of the most popular actresses of the time.

In 1929, Olive starred in the film The Broadway Melody. The film was a huge success. It made her one of the most popular actresses of the time.

Olive’s career came to an abrupt end when she died of an accidental overdose of poison on September 10, 1920, at the age of 25.

General Info

Full NameOlive Thomas
Date Of BirthOctober 20, 1894
DiedSeptember 10, 1920, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Place Of BirthCharleroi, Pennsylvania, United States
ProfessionActor, Pin-up model, Singer
NationalityAmerican

Family

SpouseJack Pickford, Bernard Krug Thomas
ParentsJames Duffy, Rena Duffy
SiblingsHarriet Duffy, James Duffy, William Duffy

Accomplishments

MoviesThe Flapper, Everybody's Sweetheart, Love's Prisoner, The Glorious Lady, Upstairs and Down, A Girl Like That, An Even Break, Youthful Folly, Tom Sawyer, Prudence on Broadway

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Marks

#Marks / Signs
1Playing teenage types, first as a baby vamp and later as a flapper

Quotes

#Quote
1Life's too short and fate too funny to get upstage, Today they may be showering us with roses on Broadway and tomorrow some fool director who used to be a waiter may be rejecting us as atmosphere in a five reel five cent feature...
2I think that you die when your time comes and not until then. I feel the same about other things as I do about death. I don't think you can change anything that is going to happen to you any more than you can change anything that has happened to you. That's why I never worry, and that is why I don't think people should get conceited and think themselves better than others

Facts

#Fact
1Was the first actress to play a 'Flapper' which would become a huge fad in the coming years.
2Only daughter in a family of three. Her brothers were Michael James (born February 1893) and William L.(born May 1898).
3Discovered by Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. for his "Follies of 1915". He also cast her in the "Ziegfeld Midnight Frolics", which was a racier, after-hours show atop the New Amsterdam Theater for mostly male audiences. She often wore nothing but balloons, which the gents would eagerly burst with their cigars. She also became Ziegfeld's mistress.
4Her ghost has been said to haunt the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York City.
5Her personal belongings were sold at auction in New York for $26,931. Fellow screen star Mabel Normand bought a 14-karet gold cigarette case for $50, a 20-piece toilet set for $1,425, a diamond pearl brooch and sapphire pin for $500 and a platinum set with star sapphire for $425 (22 November 1920).
6Daughter-in-law of Charlotte Smith.
7Sister-in-law of Mary Pickford and Lottie Pickford.
8Irish-American descent
9Found poisoned in her room after consuming mercury bichloride tablets dissolved in alcohol. The circumstances around this event were mysterious but were officially determined to be accidental. She died five days later in the American Hospital in Neuilly.

Pictures

Movies

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Everybody's Sweetheart1920Mary
Darling Mine1920Kitty McCarthy
The Flapper1920Genevieve 'Ginger' King
Youthful Folly1920Nancy Sherwin
Footlights and Shadows1920Gloria Dawn
Out Yonder1919Flotsam
The Glorious Lady1919Ivis Benson
The Spite Bride1919Tessa Doyle
Prudence on Broadway1919Prudence
Love's Prisoner1919Nancy, later Lady Cleveland
Upstairs and Down1919Alice Chesterton
The Follies Girl1919Doll
Toton the Apache1919Toton / Yvonne
Heiress for a Day1918Helen Thurston
Limousine Life1918Minnie Wills
Betty Takes a Hand1918Betty Marshall
Tom Sawyer1917Choir Member (uncredited)
Indiscreet Corinne1917Corinne Chilvers
Broadway Arizona1917Fritzi Carlyle
An Even Break1917Claire Curtis
Madcap Madge1917Madge Flower
A Girl Like That1917Fannie Brooks
Beatrice Fairfax Episode 10: Playball1916Rita Malone
Beatrice Fairfax1916Rita Malone [Ch. 10 Playball]

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Youthful Folly1920story

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Screen Snapshots, Series 1, No. 81920Documentary shortHerself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
City Confidential2007TV Series documentaryHerself
Olive Thomas: Everybody's Sweetheart2003DocumentaryHerself
Hollywood1980TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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