Olive Borden
Actress
Olive Borden
Olive Borden was an American actress in silent and early talkies. Nicknamed "The Joy Girl", Borden was known for her jet-black hair and overall beauty.
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    FORTIES
  • 1947
    Age 40
    Borden died on October 1, 1947 from a stomach ailment and pneumonia at the age of 41.
    More Details Hide Details The only possession she had when she died was a signed photo of herself. Borden's funeral was held on October 3 at the Sunshine Mission where she worked before her death. The Mission's founder, Essie Binkley West, officiated the service. Borden was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. Her mother Sibbie was interred in the grave next to her. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Olive Borden has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6801 Hollywood Blvd. She was one of the first eight stars chosen to receive a star in 1958. Her name was drawn randomly from hundreds of nominees.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1934
    Age 27
    She married her second husband, railroad technician John Moeller, in November 1934.
    More Details Hide Details That marriage ended in divorce seven years later. For most of her life Borden lived with her mother, Sibbie.
  • 1932
    Age 25
    In November 1932, Borden petitioned the court for an annulment which was later granted.
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  • 1931
    Age 24
    Borden was married twice. Her first marriage was to stockbroker Theodore Spector whom she married on March 28, 1931. The marriage was rocky and the couple separated in early 1932.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1926
    Age 19
    From 1926 until 1930 she had been romantically involved with actor George O'Brien and the press reported they were engaged.
    More Details Hide Details She also dated director Marshall Neilan, producer Paul Bern, and had a long affair with Arthur Benline, Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Construction Battalion.
  • 1925
    Age 18
    She was signed by Fox after being named a WAMPAS Baby Star in 1925 (along with cousin Natalie Joyce).
    More Details Hide Details Borden quickly became one of their most popular and highest paid stars earning a salary of $1,500 a week. She had starring roles in eleven films at Fox including 3 Bad Men and Fig Leaves, both costarring her then-boyfriend George O'Brien. During this time she worked with some directors who would go on to achieve major fame, including John Ford, Howard Hawks, and Leo McCarey. When Fox cut her salary in 1927, she walked out on her contract. By this point she was a major star but she found it difficult to make the transition from silent films to "talkies". She worked to get rid of her Southern accent but could not overcome her reputation as being difficult. She was still in demand as an actress, and continued to work for Columbia and RKO. Borden cut her trademark hair into a short bob and turned herself into a modern flapper. She made several movies in the early 1930s but her career stalled. Her last screen credit came in 1934 in the film Chloe, Love Is Calling You. She moved to New York where she had a brief stage career and made a living on the vaudeville circuit.
  • 1922
    Age 15
    Borden began her career as one of the Sennett Bathing Beauties in 1922 and was soon appearing as a vamp in Hal Roach comedy shorts.
    More Details Hide Details Producer Paul Bern chose her for an uncredited role in his film The Dressmaker from Paris (1925).
  • 1919
    Age 12
    After their separation, Borden learned that Spector was not divorced from his first wife, Pearl, whom he married in 1919. Spector was arrested for bigamy in 1932 after his first wife came forward and claimed they were still married.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1906
    Born
    Olive Borden was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1906.
    More Details Hide Details Her birth name was often reported erroneously as Sybil Tinkle until the 1990s when it was discovered that another woman with the same name had been confused with Borden. Borden's father died when she was a baby and she was raised by her mother, Sibbie, in Norfolk and Baltimore, Maryland where she also attended Catholic boarding schools. She was a distant relative of Lizzie Borden. As a teenager, she persuaded her mother to take her to Hollywood to pursue a career in show business. To support themselves they opened a candy store and Olive worked as a telephone operator.
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