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Agnes Ayres

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Agnes Ayres was an American actress who rose to fame during the silent film era. She began her career in 1914 when she was discovered by an Essanay Studios staff director and cast as an extra in a crowd scene. After moving to New York City with her mother to pursue a career in acting, Ayres was spotted by actress Alice Joyce. Joyce noticed the physical resemblance the two shared which eventually led to Ayres being cast in Richard the Brazen (1917), as Joyce's character's sister. Ayres' career began to gain momentum when Paramount Pictures founder Jesse Laksy began to take an interest in her. Lasky gave her a starring role in the Civil War drama Held by the Enemy (1920), and also lobbied for parts for her in several Cecil B. DeMille productions.

In 1921, Ayres stardom rose when she was cast as Lady Diana Mayo in the 1921 silent film The Sheik. Following the release of The Shiek, she went on to have major roles in many other films including The Affairs of Anatol (1921) starring Wallace Reid, Forbidden Fruit (1921), and Cecil B. DeMille's epic The Ten Commandments (1923). In 1929, she appeared in her last major role in The Donovan Affair, starring Jack Holt.

Fact file

  • Born: Agnes Eyre Henkel April 4, 1898 Carbondale, Illinois, U.S.
  • Died: December 25, 1940 (aged 42) Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Cause of death: Cerebral hemorrhage
  • Resting place: Hollywood Forever Cemetery
  • Other names: Agnes Eyre
  • Occupation: Actress
  • Years active: 1914–1937
  • Spouse(s): Captain Frank P. Schuker (1921 – 1921) S. Manuel Reachi (July 13, 1924 – June 10, 1927)

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