As I am a silent film fan, I am so thrilled to be able to work with this beautiful image of silent film star Billie Dove. Billie started out in the Ziegfeld Follies. However, since Mrs. Ziegfeld was worried that her husband and Billie were getting just a bit too close, Billie decided to try her luck in Hollywood. (Mrs. Ziegfeld was stage and film star Billie Burke, who played the good witch Glinda in The Wizard of Oz.)
In Hollywood, Miss Dove soon became a hit in silent films and made many popular features. She retired from films soon after the advent of sound. She had a three year affair with, and was once engaged to Howard Hughes, the famous recluse billionaire. Billie Dove passed away at the ripe old age of 94 at the Motion Picture Home.
Sadly, few of her films still remain. But thankfully, there are many lovely photos that preserve her etherial beauty for us to this day.
We were given this gorgeous photo to alter for Art Creations Friday.
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