- Michael Abbott
Bara, Theda (1885?–07 April 1955), stage and screen actress, was born Theodosia Goodman in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Bernard Goodman, an immigrant Polish Jew who began as a tailor and eventually owned a garment factory in Cincinnati, and Pauline Louise de Coppet, a French immigrant who sold women’s cosmetics prior to her marriage. In 1917 the family legally changed its name to Bara, taken from de Coppet’s Swiss father, Francis Bara de Coppet. Theda Bara attended the University of Cincinnati before moving with her family to New York City in 1905. There she appeared in small parts in various stock companies and briefly as a movie extra under the name Theodosia de Coppet. In 1914 she met director Frank Powell, who cast her (renamed Theda Bara) in the role of the vampire for his motion picture ...