Geraldine Farrar was one of the most famous women of her time and arguably the finest operatic talent of the early 1900s. She was amazingly popular with the public, even non-opera buffs, and had a legion of fans known as “Gerry-flappers.”
Her talent was recognized while she was still quite young, and she studied in Boston and New York as well as Paris and Berlin. She made her debut in 1901 in Berlin as Marguerite in Faust. After several years of success in Europe, she made her U.S. debut at The Metropolitan Opera House in New York in 1906 as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet.
When World War I made it impossible for her to tour Europe, Farrar accepted an offer to appear in a series of films for Jesse Lasky and directed by Cecile B. DeMille. Her collaborations with DeMille were successful and resulted in several well-done films, most memorably Carmen (1915) and Joan the Woman (1916).
Unfortunately, about this time Farrar married an egotistical, no-talent actor who eventually rained her film career, from either incredibly poor judgment or outright jealousy, and then divorced her when her money ran out. She retired from films in 1920 and wrote her autobiography, Such Sweet Compulsion, in 1938.
|1917||The Woman God Forgot; The Devil-Stone; Joan the Woman|
|1918||The Turn of the Wheel; The Hell Cat|
|1919||Shadows; The Stronger Vow; The World and Its Woman; Flame of the Desert|
|1920||The Woman and the Puppet; Riddle: A Woman|
|1931||The Movie Album|