Olive Borden silent film actress nicknamed ‘The Joy Girl’

Olive Borden (July 14, 1906 – October 1, 1947) was an American film and stage actress who began her career during the silent film era. Nicknamed “The Joy Girl”, Borden was known for her jet-black hair and overall beauty. At the peak of her career in the mid-1920s, Borden was one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood, earning $1,500 a week. In 1927 Borden walked out on her contract with Fox after refusing to take a pay cut and by 1929, her career began to wane due to her reputation for being temperamental and her difficulty transitioning to sound films. Olive Borden made her last film in 1934 and moved on to stage work for a time. By the late 1930s, she had declared bankruptcy and stopped acting. Borden attempted to make a comeback in films in the early ’40s but her attempts to get back into acting were hindered by her alcoholism and health problems. In 1945, Borden began working at the Sunshine Mission, a home for destitute women located in the skidrow section of Los Angeles. Olive Borden died there in October 1947 of a stomach ailment and pneumonia at the age of 41.

Olive Borden (July 14, 1906 – October 1, 1947) was an American actress in film and stage actress who began her career during the silent film era.

Olive Borden (July 14, 1906 – October 1, 1947) was an American actress in film and stage actress who began her career during the silent film era.

Olive Borden, nicknamed "The Joy Girl", was known for her jet-black hair and overall beauty.

Olive Borden, nicknamed “The Joy Girl”, was known for her jet-black hair and overall beauty.

Olive Borden

Olive Borden

Olive Borden

Olive Borden

Olive Borden with Ralph Graves in "The Country Beyond" (1926)

Olive Borden with Ralph Graves in “The Country Beyond” (1926)

Olive Borden in "The Monkey Talks" (1927)

Olive Borden in “The Monkey Talks” (1927)

Olive Borden and Lawrence Gray in "Pajamas" (1927)

Olive Borden and Lawrence Gray in “Pajamas” (1927)

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