RAMON NOVARRO, ALICE TERRY (ca. 1924) Portrait


Vintage original MGM 8 x 10” (20 x 25 cm.) photo, USA. #MGM-3163. One small repair on verso of blank upper right margin, near fine.

Novarro was born in Durango, Mexico. His family moved to Los Angeles in 1913 to flee from the Mexican Revolution. He entered silent films in 1917, first in bit parts. By the mid-1920’s, with the death of Valentino, he was acclaimed as the screen’s leading “Latin lover.” His popularity waned by the mid-1930’s, when MGM did not renew his contract. Novarro was a closeted gay, and he refused Mayer’s request to enter into a sham, so-called “lavender marriage,” which was almost certainly one factor in the effective end of his career.

A posed portrait of Novarro and Terry, who had already made three films together, including SCARAMOUCHE, and were preparing to shoot a fourth one.

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