Eleanor Boardman is an American actress of the early silent films, best known for her role as the cynical and skeptical femme fatale in “The Maitre Dame” (1937). She was born in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, and had a younger brother, Mary Ellen. She worked in several theaters before being discovered by director Louis B. Mayer in the films “North of the Border” (1934) and “Chutes and Ladders” (1939). She rose to prominence in “Ladies of Leisure” (1940), portraying the cynical, sultry yet seductive femme fatale.
Boardman began her professional acting career in “The Blue Rose” (1898 December) playing the title character, a spunky and mysterious cabaret dancer who was more than a match for the lead character, Estelle Bingley. After this film she appeared in “The Man Who Played Go” (1900), which was also directed by Louis B. Mayer. She did not return to starring in any more silent films until “The Mysterious Lady” (1940). Here she plays a spunky yet flirtatious character.
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From this period, Eleanor Boardman became one of the most successful actresses of the silent era. Her name is linked with some of Hollywood’s most memorable scenes, particularly in “The Man Who Played Go” and “The Mysterious Lady.” She appeared in at least seven more silent motion pictures, including “The Royal Nine,” “The Missing Man,” “Mystery Woman,” “The Man Who Played Go,” “Baby Face” and “The Crocodile Smile.”
After she stopped starring in silent films, Boardman began acting in films with dialogue, such as in “The Mysterious Lady.” However, with “The Crocodile Smile” she was back to being an actress without any speaking parts. Despite her lack of speaking parts, Boardman made eleven films between the 1926 and 1930s. Some of these were popular, while others are little known. These include “The Man Who Played Go” and “The Crocodile Smile.”
When asked about her role as Estelle Bingley in “The Crocodile Smile,” Boardman stated that the character was based on her own daughter. She continued, “My daughter is very sweet, and when I had to do the movie, I wanted to make it as personal as possible. I didn’t want to be compared to anybody else. I’m the real Estelle Bingley, and people will recognize me because of my smile.”
When asked what made her decide to go into acting, Boardman said it was all about meeting new people, meeting different types of people, and finding a way to express my feelings on screen. In terms of her marriage to King Vidor, Boardman said, “It just happened. It wasn’t like we planned it; we just happened.”