|~Stars of the Photoplay, 1924~
Agnes Ayres won her way to the hearts of theater-goers portraying feminine characters of America's
best loved short story teller, O. Henry, at the Vitagraphy Studios. She was born in Carbondale, Illinois,
and educated in Chicago, where she began her career as an extra girl. Her first starring vehicle was
"The Lane that Had No Turning." One of her most popular pictures was "The Sheik," in which she
appeared with Rudolph Valentino. She had not stage experience. She is five feet, four and one-half
inches tall, weighs 115 pounds, and has golden brown hair and blue eyes.
Born: April 4, 1898 in Carbondale, IL, USA
Died: December 25, 1940 in Los Angeles, CA, USA
|~The Los Angeles Times, 1940~
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.
— Los Angeles Times Dec. 26, 1940
|~December 28, 1937~
YESTERDAY'S MOVIE STARS
HOLLYWOOD, Calif.---- Have you
ever wondered what has happened to
those men and women whose exploits
on the Silver Screen once thrilled us?
Some of them found it impossible to
master the new techniques demanded
by talkies. Others, for a variety of
reasons, saw their popularity and
demand for their services vanish. But
few of them were content to become
resigned to their fate. They set out to
build new careers, so that the stars
who have made successful
their hobbies and sidelines once their acting days were over are legion, and Hollywood, ever ready to
help build a new success, has taken them into its heart and helped them along. In this set of pictures
are presented some of those who by their intelligence and shrewdness are some of the most notable
of former stars who have made a successful of a new undertaking.
PHOTO SHOWS: Agnes Ayres, the blond actress who won fame as the leading lady for Rudolph
Valentino in "The Sheik," is on of those who has joined the ranks of former stars now making a
success in a new field. She lost a reported $500,000.00 film fortune in stock market deals, and is now
operating a small real estate firm with a partner in Beverly Hills. And like others who have been in the
films is seeking a foothold in the movies.
|~December 26, 1940~
SILENT SCREEN STAR DEAD
Blonde Agnes Ayres (right), who
played opposite Rudolph Valentino in
"The Sheik," died in a hospital here
Christmas Day. This is how she
appeared at a film party here with
Director David Wark Griffith in 1936,
just before her unsuccessful attempt
at a comeback in sound films.
|Unknown Agnes Ayres & Wallace Reid Film
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