Agnes Ayres rose to screen fame when she was cast as Lady Diana Mayo opposite Rudolph Valentino in "The Sheik."
Ayres also appeared in "Son of the Sheik," which was Valentino's last picture. Other pictures in which she appeared included "Clarence," Affairs of Anatole" and "Forbidden Fruit."
She retired from the screen in 1927 a woman of wealth, but in the stock market debacle of 1929 she lost her fortune.
She decided that she would again try a role in motion pictures. Because she had never been in "talkies," she went to New York and entered stage work to gain experience.
In 1936 she returned to Hollywood — after a series of uncredited bit roles she set herself up in a small real estate business and began her second career.