Born: August 19, 1898 in Philadelphia, PA, USA
Died: December 12, 1991 in Santa Barbara, CA, USA
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|~Los Angeles Times, 1991~
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