Born: August 19, 1898 in Philadelphia, PA, USA
Died: December 12, 1991 in Santa Barbara, CA, USA
|~Stars of the Photoplay, 1930~
Eleanor Boardman, a leading woman in pictures since 1921, was born in Philadelphia, Pa., August
19, 1898. She was educated at a private school there, and later studied dancing and art for two
years. After three years on the speaking stage, she went into pictures for Goldwyn, and later signed
a long contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Eleanor is 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs 120. Her hair
is light brown, her eyes grey. She was a Wampas Star in 1922. In 1926 she married Director King
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|~Los Angeles Times, 1991~
Eleanor Boardman was an actress during the silent film era who was married to director King Vidor.
A native of Philadelphia, Boardman won nationwide fame as the "Kodak Girl" on posters that
advertised Eastman Kodak photographic products.
Her subsequent Hollywood career, which included few talkies, peaked with her leading role in "The
Crowd" in 1928. Vidor directed the silent film.
Boardman also appeared in such silents as "Stranger's Banquet," "The Silent Accuser," "Memory
Lane" and "Tell It to the Marines."
Her brief fling with talkies included such films as "She Goes to War," "Mamba," "The Flood" and a
remake of "The Squaw Man."
Boardman in effect retired from the film business in 1931.
She divorced Vidor in 1933. They waged several court battles over the next decade over support and
custody of their two daughters. Vidor won custody when Boardman took the girls to live in pre-
World War II Europe. But she returned to the United States and regained custody of the children.
Boardman was also married to French director Harry D. D'Arrast.
She was 93 when she died.
— Myrna Oliver in the Los Angeles Times Dec. 16, 1991