Eleanor Boardman

Eleanor Boardman
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Eleanor Boardman
Film: South side of the 6900 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Born Aug. 19, 1898 in Philadelphia, PA
Died Dec. 12, 1991 in Santa Barbara, CA

Eleanor Boardman was an actress during the silent film era who was married to director King Vidor.

A native of Philadelphia, Boardman won nationwide fame as the "Kodak Girl" on posters that advertised Eastman Kodak photographic products.

Her subsequent Hollywood career, which included few talkies, peaked with her leading role in "The Crowd" in 1928. Vidor directed the silent film.

Boardman also appeared in such silents as "Stranger's Banquet," "The Silent Accuser," "Memory Lane" and "Tell It to the Marines."

Her brief fling with talkies included such films as "She Goes to War," "Mamba," "The Flood" and a remake of "The Squaw Man."

Boardman in effect retired from the film business in 1931.

She divorced Vidor in 1933. They waged several court battles over the next decade over support and custody of their two daughters. Vidor won custody when Boardman took the girls to live in pre-World War II Europe. But she returned to the United States and regained custody of the children.

Boardman was also married to French director Harry D. D'Arrast.

She was 93 when she died.

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