~Virginia Pearson~

Born: March 7, 1886 in Anchorage, Kentucky, USA
Died: June 6, 1958 in Hollywood, California, USA
~Virginia Pearson under contract with Fox in
American silent-screen actress Virginia Pearson is best remembered for a role she didn't play, that of the
voracious man-eater in the 1914 Fox hit A Fool There Was. Pearson had starred in the original 1909
Broadway play, but when the screen rights were acquired by William Fox, the producer was persuaded
to cast an unknown, Theda Bara. The rest, as they say, is history. Ironically, Bara made her screen debut
as an extra in The Stain (1914), a vehicle starring Virginia Pearson. Bara's international success naturally
caused every studio to cast about for femme fatales, including Fox, who hired Pearson in the
time-honored tradition of keeping the new star, Bara, in line. The studio launched Pearson as "The
Statuesque William Fox Star" and cast her in a series of erotic melodramas -- Blazing Love (1916), Wrath
of Love (1917), and The Love Auction (1919) -- that appeared suspiciously similar to Bara rejects. Never
really a threat to Bara's femme fatale supremacy, Pearson also never allowed herself to be as closely
identified with one characterization. Consequently, whereas Bara chose retirement once the "vamp"
craze finally came to a close, Virginia Pearson and her husband, character actor Sheldon Lewis, founded
the Virginia Pearson Photoplay Company. On shaky ground financially, the company folded after only
two releases, and Pearson gave up stardom in favor of supporting roles, most notably the ill-fated prima
donna in The Phantom of the Opera. She retired from films in 1932 and returned to the stage.

Biography by Hans J. Wollstein, AllMovie.com
Smilin' Guns (1929) .... Mrs. van Smythe
The Power of Silence (1928) .... Mrs. Wright
The Actress (1928) .... Mrs. Telfer
... aka Trelawny of the Wells
The Big City (1928) .... Tennessee - Movie Still Code: 346-X
Driven from Home (1927)
Atta Boy (1926) .... Madame Carlton
Mum's the Word (1926) .... The Wife
Silence (1926/I) .... Millie Burke
Lightning Hutch (1926) .... Janet Thornwall
The Taxi Mystery (1926) .... Mrs. Blaine Jameson
The Red Kimona (1925) .... Mrs. Beverly Fontaine
... aka Red Kimona (USA)
... aka Red Kimono (USA)
The Phantom of the Opera (1925) .... Carlotta / Carlotta's mother (1929 re-edited version)
The Wizard of Oz (1925) .... Lady Vishuss
What Price Beauty? (1925) .... Mary
A Prince of a King (1923) .... Queen Claudia
Wildness of Youth (1922) .... Louise Wesley

Impossible Catherine (1919) .... Catherine Kimberly
The Bishop's Emeralds (1919) .... Hester, Lady Cardew
The Love Auction (1919) .... Lea Montrose, Mrs. Vanderveer - Movie Still Code: L-6-X
Buchanan's Wife (1918) .... Beatrix Buchanan
The Queen of Hearts (1918) .... Pauline Chraud - Movie Still Code: L-5-X
The Liar (1918/I) .... Sybil Houston
Her Price (1918) .... Marcia Calhoun
The Firebrand (1918) .... Princess Natalya
A Daughter of France (1918) .... Louise de Ciron
Stolen Honor (1918) .... Virginia Lake
All for a Husband (1917) .... Henrietta Downs
Thou Shalt Not Steal (1917) .... Mary Bruce
Wrath of Love (1917) .... Roma Winnet
A Royal Romance (1917) .... The Princess Sylvia
Sister Against Sister (1917) .... Anne/Katherine
The Bitter Truth (1917) .... Anne
When False Tongues Speak (1917) .... Mary Page Walton
The War Bride's Secret (1916) .... Jean MacDougal
Daredevil Kate (1916) .... Kate
... aka Dare-Devil Kate (USA: copyright title)
The Tortured Heart (1916) .... Lucille Darrell
Hypocrisy (1916) .... Virginia Trent
Blazing Love (1916) .... Margaret Walsh
The Vital Question (1916) .... Beatrice King
The Hunted Woman (1916) .... Joanne Fitzhugh
The Writing on the Wall (1916) .... Barbara Lawrence
Thou Art the Man (1916) .... Emily Raynor
The Kiss of a Vampire (1916)
The Turn of the Road (1915) .... Marcia Wilbur
The Reward (1915/III)
Aftermath (1914) .... Ruth Morgan
The Stain (1914) .... Stevens' daughter
On Her Doorsteps (1910)