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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Throwback Thursday and Marie Empress

Throwback Thursday and Marie Empress

Born in England in the late 1800s, Marie Empress went on to be billed as “the most beautiful woman in pictures”. Today her disappearance from the ocean liner R.M.S. Orduña remains unsolved and much her life is a mystery.

This attractive, curly-haired brunette began her career in British vaudeville at the turn of the 20th century and soon became well-known on both sides of the Atlantic as a singer, dancer and actress. She starred in at least seven movies including her debut in the comedy Old Dutch in 1915.

She apparently used several names and claimed many origins, often saying she was born in either France, England or the US. She talked about family members that were non-existent and would periodically disappear from public view. Rumors circulated that she was part of some royal family or member of the aristocracy. The truth of her background has never been uncovered.

She last appeared onscreen in The Girl Who Doesn’t Know in late 1916. While sailing from England to America, it is thought she may have fallen overboard and drowned. But exactly how she vanished is unknown. Perhaps this was simply another ruse she orchestrated.

Did she actually die? If so, she was only in her mid-thirties. But the mystery remains.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Dance History Secret #300:
“Dancer and silent film actress Marie Empress disappeared without a trace.”

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“I guess that's the really nice thing about disappearing: the part where people look for you and beg you to come home.”
― Lauren Oliver, Vanishing Girls

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