Dorothy Mackaill cinema card

Dorothy Mackaill cinema card

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Hand-colored cinema card of actress Dorothy Mackaill with a short biography written on the back. British-American actress Dorothy Mackaill was born on 4 March 1903 in Yorkshire, England. Starting in the chorus in London and Paris, she got her first break at age sixteen when she became one of the Ziegfeld Follies in New York. Once she was in the U.S., she began acting in silent films and eventually talkies. Her first lead role was in the 1924 film The Man Who Came Back. Mackaill is known for her memorable role in the 1932 film Love Affair, in which she starred opposite Humphrey Bogart. She died on 12 August 1990 at the age of 87. According to this Cavander's card, Mackaill was “one of the most popular film actresses in America.”

This card belongs to a set titled "Cinema Stars: A Series of 30 Hand Coloured Pictures" which features popular film actresses from the 1930s. Collectible cards like this were very popular during the 1920s and 1930s, and they were distributed by various brands in both tobacco and food products. In the 1920s, Cavanders Ltd. also released the following sets of cards: "Beauty Spots of Great Britain," "Foreign Birds," and "River Valleys."

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Object Name
collectible card
date made
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Mackaill, Dorothy
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
paint (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 2 5/8 in x 1 7/16 in; 6.6675 cm x 3.65125 cm
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