Colleen Moore was born on this day in either 1899 or 1902, depending on whether you believe the official reports or her own autobiography. I’ve only seen one of her films, Her Wild Oat (1927), but I got to see it on the big screen at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. She was a delight. My favorite actresses are feisty and independent, and she was both. She had an interesting connection with silent film comedian Buster Keaton—they both broke their necks filming on train tracks. In different movies, of course! Her autobiography Silent Star is a favorite of mine, and here are some of the photos from it. Moore died in 1988, but she is not forgotten, even though many of her film were lost. Happy Birthday, Ms. Moore!
Her Wild Oat, with director Marshall Neilan.
With popular western actor Tom Mix.
With her Packard.