Olive Thomas

Silent Film Actress + Model
Born Oct 20, 1894

Olive Thomas was an American silent film actress and model. Thomas began her career as an illustrators' model in 1914, and moved on to the Ziegfeld Follies the following year. During her time as a Ziegfeld girl, she also appeared in the more risqué show, The Midnight Frolic. In 1916, she began a successful career in silent films and would appear in over twenty features over the course of her four year film career.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Olive Thomas.


1894 Birth Born on October 20, 1894.


1911 16 Years Old In April 1911, aged 16, she married Bernard Krugh Thomas in McKees Rocks, a small mill town. … Read More
1913 18 Years Old After their separation in 1913, Thomas moved to New York City and lived with a family member. … Read More
1914 19 Years Old 1 More Event
…  The two had a daughter, Harriet, born in 1914 (Harriet was killed in a car accident in 1931). … Read More


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She made her stage debut in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1915 on June 21, 1915. … Read More
1916 21 Years Old In July 1916, Thomas signed with International Film Company. … Read More
In 1917, she made her full-length feature debut in A Girl Like That for Paramount Pictures.
1918 23 Years Old After leaving Triangle, Thomas signed with Myron Selznick's Selznick Pictures Company in December 1918 for a salary of $2,500 a week. … Read More
1919 24 Years Old She followed with roles in Love's Prisoner and Out Yonder, both in 1919.
In 1920, they adopted Thomas' six-year-old nephew when his mother died. … Read More
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