~Carmel Myers~

Born: April 4, 1899 in San Francisco, CA, USA
Died: November 9, 1980 in Los Angeles, CA, USA
~Los Angeles Times, 1980~
Born in San Francisco, silent screen star Carmel Myers was brought to Los Angeles as a child when
her father, Rabbi Isadore Myers, went there to help found Sinai Temple.

By 1909, largely through the thrust provided by her ambitious Viennese-born mother, Myers was
making short silent films at the old Selig Zoo in East Los Angeles.

Her big break came a few years later after her scholarly father had worked as an unpaid consultant to
director D. W. Griffith on his monumental film "Intolerance." At the urging of his wife, the rabbi asked
the movie pioneer a favor: a screen test for Carmel.

She took the test and got a $12-a-week spot in the great director's movie stock company, training
ground for many of Hollywood's greatest stars.

Although Myers led a rather protected life as a young woman, her dark, sultry beauty made her a
natural for the sexy, exotic "vamp" roles that were a feature of romantic films of the 1920s.

Her best-known role was as the wicked Egyptian seductress in the 1926 version of "Ben Hur." Some of
her other films of the period included "The Haunted Pajamas," "Sirens of the Sea," "The Slave of
Desire" and "Beau Brummel" with John Barrymore.

One of her favorite anecdotes of her early career involved movie magnate Samuel Goldwyn, whose
true name was Goldfish. She recalled that he once offered her work — provided she change her name
because it sounded "too Jewish."

"Oh, Mr. Goldfish," she remembered telling him, "if my career depends upon hiding the fact that I was
born a Jew, I'd rather not have one."

— Jerry Belcher in the Los Angeles Times Nov. 11, 1980
The Show of Shows (1929) .... Performer in 'Ladies of the Ensemble' Number
The Red Sword (1929) .... Katherine
... aka Three Days to Live (UK)
The Bath Between (1928)
Dream of Love (1928) .... The Countess
Four Walls (1928) .... Bertha
Prowlers of the Sea (1928) .... Mercedes
... aka Sea Prowlers
A Certain Young Man (1928) .... Mrs. Crutchley ... Movie Still Code: 270-X
Sorrell and Son (1927) .... Flo Palfrey
Sumuru (1927) .... Lola
... aka The Girl from Rio
The Understanding Heart (1927) .... Kelcey Dale
The Demi-Bride (1927) .... Madame Girard
Tell It to the Marines (1926) .... Zaya (a native)
The Gay Deceiver (1926) .... Countess de Sano
The Devil's Circus (1926) .... Yonna
Camille (1926/II) .... Agatha
... aka The Fate of a Coquette (USA: subtitle)
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) .... Iras
... aka Ben-Hur (USA: short title)
Garragan (1924)
Babbitt (1924) .... Tanis Judique
Broadway After Dark (1924) .... Lenore Vance
Beau Brummel (1924) .... Lady Hester Stanhope
Poisoned Paradise (1924) .... Mrs. Belmore
... aka Poisoned Paradise: The Forbidden Story of Monte Carlo (USA)
... aka The Forbidden Story of Monte Carlo
Reno (1923) .... Mrs. Dora Carson Tappan
The Love Pirate (1923) .... Ruby Le Maar
... aka The Silent Accuser
The Dancer of the Nile (1923) .... Arvia
Slave of Desire (1923) .... Countess Fedora
The Little Girl Next Door (1923) .... Milly Amory
... aka You Are in Danger
Goodbye Girls (1923) .... Florence Brown
The Famous Mrs. Fair (1923) .... Angy Brice
The Last Hour (1923) .... Saidee McCall
The Danger Point (1922) .... Alice Torrance
The Love Gambler (1922) .... Jean McClelland
A Daughter of the Law (1921/I) .... Nora Hayes ... Movie Still Code: 3623-X
Breaking Through (1921) .... Bettina Lowden
The Kiss (1921) .... Erolinda Vargas
Cheated Love (1921) .... Sonya Schonema
The Dangerous Moment (1921) .... Sylvia Palprini
The Mad Marriage (1921) .... Jane Judd
Beautifully Trimmed (1920) .... Norine Lawton
The Gilded Dream (1920) .... Leona
In Folly's Trail (1920) .... Lita O'Farrell

The Little White Savage (1919) .... Minnie Lee
Who Will Marry Me? (1919) .... Rosie Sanguinetti
All Night (1918) .... Elizabeth Lane
A Society Sensation (1918) .... Sydney Parmelee
The Dream Lady (1918) .... Rosamond Gilbert
The City of Tears (1918) .... Rosa Carillo
A Broadway Scandal (1918) .... Nenette Bisson
The Marriage Lie (1918) .... Eileen Orton
The Wine Girl (1918) .... Bona
The Girl in the Dark (1918) .... Lois Fox
The Wife He Bought (1918) .... Janice Brieson
My Unmarried Wife (1918) .... Mary Cunningham
The Lash of Power (1917) .... Marion Sherwood
... aka The Lust of Power (USA)
Sirens of the Sea (1917) .... Julie
... aka Darlings of the Gods (UK)
The Haunted Pajamas (1917) .... Frances Kirkland
... aka The Girl in the Black Pyjamas
Might and the Man (1917) .... Winifred
A Daughter of the Poor (1917) .... Hazel Fleming
... aka The Heart of the Poor (USA: reissue title)
... aka The Spitfire
A Love Sublime (1917) .... Toinette
Stage Struck (1917) (uncredited) (unconfirmed) .... Bit Role
The Bad Boy (1917) (uncredited) (unconfirmed) .... Bit Role
... aka Bad Boys (USA)
The Matrimaniac (1916) (uncredited)
Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916) (uncredited) .... Favorite of the Harem
(Babylonian Story)
... aka Intolerance (USA: short title)
... aka Intolerance: A Sun-Play of the Ages (USA: copyright title)
Ignatz's Icy Injury (1916)
The Jailbird's Last Flight (1916)
Tough Luck on a Rough Sea (1916) .... The Girl
Georgia Pearce (1915)