The most iconic stars of the silent film era

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Charlie Chaplin (1889–1977) - One of the most influential figures in the film industry, Charlie Chaplin's "Little Tramp" character has become an icon in world cinema.

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Charlie Chaplin in 'The Gold Rush' (1925) - A famous scene in which he dines on his own shoes, Chaplin declared this film the one he most wanted to be remembered for. 

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Harold Lloyd (1893–1971) - Lloyd was one of the most popular and successful film comedians of the silent era and was known for his daredevil stunts.

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Harold Lloyd in 'Safety Last!' (1923) - One of these was the famous hanging clock sequence—arguably the most recognized image in silent film history.

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Louise Brooks - Brooks epitomized the brash '20's flapper look and stood out for her bobbed haircut, an image she carefully honed throughout her film career.

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Louise Brooks in 'The Show-Off' (1926) - This lighthearted comedy saw her costar with popular Broadway actor Gregory Kelly, who died shortly after the film's release.

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Gloria Swanson (1899–1983) - Enjoying greater fame with the advent of the "talkies," Swanson nonetheless was a big silent movie star as well as a fashion icon. 

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Gloria Swanson in 'Don't Change Your Husband' (1919) - The romantic comedy was the first of director Cecil B. Demille's films to feature Swanson.

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Colleen Moore (1899–1988) - In a relatively short career, Moore became one of the highest paid actresses of the day, and one of the most fashionable.

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Colleen Moore in 'The Wall Flower' (1922) - A rare still from the 'The Wall Flower.' Nearly half of her films are now considered lost.

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Blanche Sweet (1896–1986) - Acting since she was a young child, by 1909 the burgeoning actress was working with D.W. Griffith and rivaling Mary Pickford in popularity. 

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Blanche Sweet in 'The Avenging Conscience' (1914) - Based on a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, this is an early silent horror film with a classic twist in the tale. 

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Sessue Hayakawa (1886–1973) - Hayakawa was the first actor of Asian descent to find fame as a leading man in Europe and the US.

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Sessue Hayakawa in 'The Beggar Prince' (1920) - An early Hollywood heartthrob, the Japanese actor often played sexually dominant villains. 

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