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Geraldine Farrar is a Actor American born on 28 february 1882 at Massachusetts (USA)

Geraldine Farrar

Geraldine Farrar
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Nationality USA
Birth 28 february 1882 at Massachusetts (USA)
Death 11 march 1967 (at 85 years) at Ridgefield (USA)

Geraldine Farrar (February 28, 1882 – March 11, 1967) was an American soprano opera singer and film actress, noted for her beauty, acting ability, and "the intimate timbre of her voice." She had a large following among young women, who were nicknamed "Gerry-flappers".

Biography

Farrar was born in Melrose, Massachusetts, the daughter of baseball player Sidney Farrar, and his wife, Henrietta Barnes. At 5 she began studying music in Boston and by 14 was giving recitals. Later she studied voice with the American soprano Emma Thursby in New York, in Paris, and finally with the Italian baritone Francesco Graziani in Berlin. Farrar created a sensation at the Berlin Hofoper with her debut as Marguerite in Charles Gounod's Faust in 1901 and remained with the company for three years, during which time she continued her studies with famed German soprano Lilli Lehmann. (She had been recommended to Lehmann by another famous soprano of the previous generation, Lillian Nordica.). She appeared in the title roles of Ambroise Thomas' Mignon and Jules Massenet's Manon, as well as Juliette in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette. Her admirers in Berlin included Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany, with whom she is believed to have had a relationship beginning in 1903.

After three years with the Monte Carlo Opera, she made her debut at the New York Metropolitan Opera in Romeo et Juliette on November 26, 1906. She appeared in the first Met performance of Giacomo Puccini's Madama Butterfly in 1907 and remained a member of the company until her retirement in 1922, singing 29 roles there in 672 performances. She developed a great popular following, especially among New York's young female opera-goers, who were known as "Gerry-flappers". Farrar created the title roles in Pietro Mascagni's Amica (Monte Carlo, 1905), Puccini's Suor Angelica (New York, 1918), Umberto Giordano's Madame Sans-Gêne (New York, 1915), as well as the Goosegirl in Engelbert Humperdinck's Königskinder (New York, 1910), for which Farrar trained her own flock of geese.
According to a New York Tribune review of the first performance, "at the close of the opera Miss Farrar caused 'much amusement' by appearing before the curtain with a live goose under her arm."



She recorded extensively for the Victor Talking Machine Company and was often featured prominently in that firm's advertisements. She also appeared in silent movies, which were filmed between opera seasons. Farrar starred in more than a dozen films from 1915 to 1920, including Cecil B. De Mille's 1915 adaptation of Georges Bizet's opera Carmen, for which she was extensively praised. "The resolution of Geraldine Farrar, the beautiful and gifted star, to employ her talents in the attaining of success in the films is one of the greatest steps in advancing the dignity of the motion pictures. Miss Farrar's 'Carmen' in the films is the greatest triumph the motion picture has yet achieved over the speaking stage," claimed the The San Francisco Call & Post. For her performance, she came in fourth place in the 1916 "Screen Masterpiece" contest held by Motion Picture Magazine, ahead of any other actress. Theda Bara's performance of the same role received 9,150 votes. One of her other notable screen roles was as Joan of Arc in the 1917 film Joan the Woman.

According to her biographer:


Unlike most of the famous bel canto singers of the past who sacrificed dramatic action to tonal perfection, she was more interested in the emotional than in the purely lyrical aspects of her roles. According to Miss Farrar, until prime donne can combine the arts of Sarah Bernhardt and Nellie Melba, dramatic ability is more essential than perfect singing in opera
— Elizabeth Nash
In 1960 Farrar was awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in the music and film categories. However, the Los Angeles Times, which has documented and photographed every star as part of its ongoing Hollywood Star Walk project, was unable to locate the star honoring her film career. (Her stars are present and accounted for at 1620 & 1709 Vine Street.)

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Filmography of Geraldine Farrar (15 films)

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Actress

The Woman and the Puppet, 1h10
Directed by Reginald Barker
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Geraldine Farrar, Lou Tellegen, Dorothy Cumming, Bertram Grassby, Milton Ross, Rose Dione
Roles Concha Perez

Based upon a review in a film publication, Don Mateo (Tellegen) attempts to bribe the mother (Dione) of Concha Perez (Farrar) so that he can use her as his toy, but Concha leaves and becomes a cigarette girl who dances at a wharf cafe. When Don Mateo discovers her there dancing for some Englishmen, he no longer believes that she is the virtuous maiden who spurned his advances.
The Riddle: Woman, 1h
Directed by Edward José
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Geraldine Farrar, Montagu Love, Madge Bellamy, Adele Blood, Frank Losee, Philippe De Lacy
Roles Lilla Gravert

Alors qu'elle tentait de se suicider après une histoire d'amour malheureuse, Lilla Gravert est sauvée par Larz Olrik. Elle quitte alors le Danemark pour New York, où elle se marie avec son sauveur. Lors de leur cinquième anniversaire de mariage, Lilla rencontre Eric Helsingor, l'homme qui l'avait trahie. Helsingor lui demande de l'argent contre son silence et Lilla accepte. Lorsque Lilla et Larz adoptent un petit garçon sur les conseils de leur amie commune Kristine, Lilla découvre que l'enfante est en fait le fils de Kristine et Helsingor. Larz suspecte Helsingor de faire chanter Kristine, mais lorsque celui-ci est blessé lors d'une bagarre, Larz l'emmène chez lui pour qu'il guérisse. Helsingor y rencontre Marie Meyer, la fille d'un mentor de Lilla, et tente de la convaincre de fuir avec lui. Face à ces offenses répétées d'Helsingor, Lilla se bat avec lui, mais Kristine arrive et tire sur Helsingor avant de se suicider. Lilla insiste pour que Larz lise les lettres du maître chanteur, mais il les jette dans la cheminée.
The World and Its Woman, 1h10
Directed by Frank Lloyd
Origin USA
Actors Geraldine Farrar, Lou Tellegen, Mae Giraci, Alec B. Francis, Edward Connelly, Naomi Childers
Roles Marcia Warren

As described in an adaptation of the film in the October 1919 issue of the film magazine Shadowland, singer Marcia Warren is in Russia with her father Robert Warren (Edward Connelly), who manages an oil field for Prince Michael Orbeliana the Elder (Alec B. Francis). The Elder Prince requests Marcia to sing for him, which she does well.
The Stronger Vow
Directed by Reginald Barker
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Geraldine Farrar, Milton Sills, Kate Lester, Tom Santschi, John Davidson
Roles Dolores de Cordova

As described in a film magazine, the film deals with the "oath of blood" Dolores de Cordova (Farrar) takes when her brother is murdered during a carnival to kill the murderer with her own hand and the vow she later takes upon marrying Juan Estudillo (Sills). Dolores believes her cousin Pedro Toral (Santschi), who is the real murder, when he accuses Juan just after the wedding dinner, because there long had been a feud between the two Spanish families. Pedro insists that she keep her oath of blood and take revenge with her own hand. Pedro takes Dolores from the church where she was praying and takes her to a den of Apaches, whose leader he has become. Pedro sets a trap for the husband, but Juan is connected with the secret police, and arranges for a raid on the Apache den. Juan first goes there alone, and is captured and bound. Pedro demands that Dolores now keep her oath. At this moment the den is raided, and Pedro is killed by a man whom he had wronged and had also confessed in a moment of bravado of being the murderer. This clears Juan of the false accusation and allows Dolores to keep the stronger vow made at the alter.
The World and Its Woman, 1h10
Directed by Frank Lloyd
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Geraldine Farrar, Lou Tellegen, Mae Giraci, Alec B. Francis, Edward Connelly, Naomi Childers
Roles Marcia Warren

Marcia Warren, jeune paysanne russe, devient une grande chanteuse d'opéra. Elle tombe amoureuse du prince Michael Orbeliana. En 1917, lorsqu'éclate la révolution, les deux amants tentent de fuir pour gagner l'Amérique…
Shadows
Shadows (1919)
, 50minutes
Directed by Reginald Barker
Origin USA
Actors Geraldine Farrar, Milton Sills, Tom Santschi
Roles Muriel Barnes / Cora Lamont

As described in a film magazine, Muriel Barnes (Farrar) is the loving and happy wife of conservative New Yorker Judson Barnes (Sills) and the devoted mother of a child (Smith), when a promoter of a fake mining enterprise, Frank Craftley (Truesdell), gains social access to her home. Craftley has never met her before, but his side partner Jack McGoff (Santschi) has a photograph of Muriel from her previous life in Alaska under the name Cora Lamont. McGoff had deceived her by marrying her although he already had a living wife. He then forced her into the job as a dance hall girl. She escaped by shooting him in self-defense and then fleeing Alaska. Without knowing these details but guessing some general circumstances, Craftley works on her fears until she induces her husband to go out West to inspect the salted claim. McGoff stays behind and visits Muriel's home at night, and she permits him to enter her boudoir. Knowing that a policeman is courting one of the servants on the floor below, she scatters some jewels to give the appearance of a robbery, and, when McGoff attempts to embrace her, screams for help. Fleeing arrest, McGoff shoots at the policeman, and is later killed in the resulting scrimmage. His death ends the shadows in Muriel's life.
The Woman God Forgot, 1h
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical, Romance
Actors Wallace Reid, Raymond Hatton, Geraldine Farrar, Hobart Bosworth, Theodore Kosloff, Walter Long
Roles Tecza
Rating58% 2.946562.946562.946562.946562.94656
As described in a film magazine, Moctezuma (Hatton), the Aztec king, resents the intrusion of the Spanish who have come to convert the Aztecs to Christianity. As Tecza (Farrar), daughter of the king, loves Alvarado (Reid), one of the Spanish captains, she allows the Spanish soldiers to enter the palace. After a terrific battle, she is the only surviving Aztec and the Spanish allow her to depart in peace. Alvarado then comes wooing the last of the Aztecs and wins her.
The Devil-Stone, 1h
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille
Origin USA
Genres Crime, Romance
Actors Geraldine Farrar, Wallace Reid, Hobart Bosworth, Tully Marshall, James Neill, Mabel Van Buren
Roles Marcia Manot

As described in a film magazine, Silas Martin (Marshall), a miser, marries Marcia Manot (Farrar) in order to gain possession of a valuable emerald she owns that once belonged to a Norse queen and is now cursed. After the wedding Marcia learns the true side of her husband and realizes that the marriage was a mistake. Silas steals the stone and places Marcia and Guy Sterling (Reid), his business partner, in a false light in order to get a divorce. Marcia sneaks in one night and discovers that Silas has the stone. She gains possession of it, but Silas attempts to regain it. They struggle, and Marcia kills him in self-defense. Sterling is accused of the murder, but the evidence clears him and the crime remains a mystery. Sterling marries Marcia and has an expert criminologist investigate the murder. He traces the crime to Marcia and, when confronted, she confesses. He gives her one month's leave of absence, after which she is to turn herself into the law. Marcia returns to her old home and gives the priest the emerald so he can make provision for homeless orphans. She returns and gives herself up to the criminologist. However, finding that her good deed has redeemed her, the criminologist does not turn her over to the law, and she and Sterling are happily reunited.
Joan the Woman, 2h18
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Adventure, Historical
Themes Films about religion, Jeanne d'Arc, Political films, Histoire de France
Actors Geraldine Farrar, Raymond Hatton, Hobart Bosworth, Theodore Roberts, Wallace Reid, Charles Clary
Roles Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc)
Rating65% 3.2899153.2899153.2899153.2899153.289915
A British officer (Bosworth) in World War I has a dream of the life of Joan of Arc (Farrar). The officer pulls a sword out of the wall of the trench he is in, the sword used to belong to Joan of Arc. Removing the sword conjures up the ghost of Joan, leading to her telling her story. The setting then changes to France where the story of Joan of Arc is told, of her leading the French troops to victory and her subsequent burning at the stake. The story ends back in the trench with the officer deciding to go on a suicide mission, using Joan's story and sword as inspiration
Carmen
Carmen (1915)
, 59minutes
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Geraldine Farrar, Wallace Reid, Pedro de Cordoba, Jeanie Macpherson, Horace B. Carpenter, Raymond Hatton
Roles Carmen
Rating68% 3.4379253.4379253.4379253.4379253.437925
Don José, an officer of the law, is seduced by the gypsy girl Carmen, in order to facilitate her clan's smuggling endeavors. Don José becomes obsessed, turning to violent crime himself in order to keep the attention of Carmen.