Agnes Ayres (1896-1940)

Agnes Ayres, Silent Movie Star

Born Agnes Eyre Hintle in Carbondale, Illinois, on April 4th, 1898, Agnes appeared in a bit part in her first movie in 1915 with Essanay Studios, and then went on to become one of the most popular female stars of the silent era. In 1920 she signed a contract with Paramount studios and she was on her way. She appeared opposite Rudolph Valentino in “The Sheik” (1921), and “The Son Of The Sheik” (1926), but her sparkling personality and beauty also shone forth in roles as “The Outcast” in “The Ten Commandments” (1923) and as a young minister’s wife in “The Affairs of Anatol” (1921) with Wallace Reid. Agnes was married twice, once to a non-professional, and then to writer-producer Manuel Reachi, with whom she had a child. Agnes was good friends with Gloria Swanson, with whom she shared a dressing room during their early days at Essanay. When sound came in, Agnes made a few minor films, then retired from the screen. She died in Los Angeles, California, of a cerebral hemorrhage, on Christmas Day, 1940. ~ Copyright © 2004

Vintage Bio from “Who’s Who On The Screen” (1920): “Agnes Ayres was born near Chicago, Illinois, and educated there. Her entry into the ranks of motion picture players came quite by accident. It happened that one day accompanied by a friend she was visiting the Essanay Studio in Chicago. A director known to her friend spied the beautiful Agnes and immediately began making overtures to her, offering her a contract to appear for him before the camera. She finally accepted, and after playing her engagement with the Essanay Company, went to the old Mutual Company, after which she joined the Vitagraph ranks. She was featured in twenty of the O. Henry stories while with this organization and is now a featured player with the Marshall Neilan Productions.”

Agnes Ayres’ Silent Films

Lady of Victory, The (1928)
Into the Night (1928) …. Billie Mardon
Eve’s Love Letters (1927) …. The wife
Son of the Sheik, The (1926) …. Diana, Wife of the Sheik

Agnes Ayres

Pretty Agnes Ayres in a publicity shot

My Favorite Wife (1925)
Morals for Men (1925) …. Bessie Hayes
Awful Truth, The (1925) …. Lucy Slatterley
Her Market Value (1925) …. Nancy Dumont
Tomorrow’s Love (1925) …. Judith Stanley
Worldly Goods (1924) …. Eleanor Lawson
Detained (1924)
Story Without a Name, The (1924) …. Mary Walsworth
… aka Without Warning (1924) (USA)
Guilty One, The (1924) …. Irene Short
Bluff (1924) …. Betty Hallowell
When a Girl Loves (1924) …. Sasha Boroff
Don’t Call It Love (1924) …. Alice Meldrum
Ten Commandments, The (1923) …. The Outcast
Marriage Maker, The (1923) …. Alexandra Vancy
Hollywood (1923) …. Cameo appearance
… aka Joligud (1923)
Racing Hearts (1923) …. Virginia Kent
Heart Raider, The (1923) …. Muriel Gray (a speed girl)
Daughter of Luxury, A (1922) …. Mary Fenton
Clarence (1922) …. Violet Pinney
Borderland (1922) …. Spirit/Dora Becket/Edith Wayne
Ordeal, The (1922) …. Sybil Bruce
Bought and Paid For (1922) …. Virginia Blaine
Lane That Had No Turning, The (1922) …. Madelinette

The Beautiful Agnes Ayres, Silent Movie Star

Agnes Ayres in another publicity shot

Sheik, The (1921) …. Lady Diana Mayo
Affairs of Anatol, The (1921) …. Annie Elliott
… aka Prodigal Knight, A (1921) (UK)
Cappy Ricks (1921) …. Florrie Ricks
Too Much Speed (1921) …. Virginia MacMurran
Love Special, The (1921) …. Laura Gage
Forbidden Fruit (1921) …. Mary Maddock
Furnace, The (1920) …. Folly Vallance
… aka Breach of Promise, or The Furnace (1920)
Held by the Enemy (1920) …. Rachel Hayne
Go and Get It (1920) …. Helen Allen
Inner Voice, The (1920) …. Barbara
Modern Salome, A (1920) …. Helen Torrence
Buried Treasure, The (1919)
Guardian of the Accolade, The (1919)
Shocks of Doom (1919)
Ghost of a Chance, The (1919)
Sacred Silence (1919) …. Madge Summers
Gamblers, The (1919) …. Isabel merson
In Honor’s Web (1919) …. Irene Carson
Stitch in Time, A (1919) …. Lela Trevor
Girl Problem, The (1919) …. Helen Reeves
Bird of Bagdad, A (1918)
Enchanted Profile, The (1918)
Girl and the Graft, The (1918)
Purple Dress, The (1918)
Ramble in Aphasia, A (1918)
Rubaiyat of a Scotch Highball, The (1918)
Sisters of the Golden Circle (1918)
Tobin’s Palm (1918)
Transients in Arcadia (1918)
Springtime à la Carte (1918)
Mammon and the Archer (1918)
One Thousand Dollars (1918) …. Margarett Hayden
Furnished Room, The (1917)
Venturers, The (1917) (as Agnes Eyre)
Renaissance at Charleroi, The (1917) (as Agnes Eyre) …. Adele Fauquier
… aka Renaissance, The (1917) (USA)
Bottom of the Well, The (1917) …. Alice Buckingham
Defeat of the City, The (1917) (as Agnes Eyre) …. Alicia Van Der Pool
Richard the Brazen (1917) (as Agnes Eyre) …. Imogene
Dazzling Miss Davison, The (1917) (as Agnes Eyre) …. Lillian
… aka Who Is She? (1917) (USA)
Mirror, The (1917) (as Agnes Eyre) …. Undetermined Role
Hedda Gabler (1917) (as Agnes Eyre)
Debt, The (1917) (as Agnes Eyre) …. The Girl
Mrs. Balfame (1917) (as Agnes Eyre) …. Alys Crumley
Motherhood (1917/I) (as Agnes Eyre) …. The Mother
His New Job (1915) …. Extra, Secretary
… aka Charlie’s New Job (1915)
Masked Wrestler, The (1914) (uncredited)

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