FANNIE WARD: THEATRE AND EARLY FILM ACTRESS WHO PERFORMED IN A SEXUALLY PROVOCATIVE FILM BY DEMILLE

American stage and early film actress, Fannie Ward (1872-1952) is the subject of this cabinet card by Newsboy (New York). Ward was known for her comedic roles and her youthful appearance throughout most of her career. She also was well known for her role in “The Cheat” (1915). This film was by Cecil B. DeMille: and it was a very sexually charged silent film. Ward made her stage debut on Broadway a Cupid in “Pippino” with Eddie Foy. She went on to become a successful stage star in New York City. In 1898 she married a wealthy diamond merchant and retired from the stage. Her husbands business reversals spurred her to return to performing in 1905. She became very active in films between 1915 and 1929. Ward was one of those celebrities whose personal life often ended up in the newspapers. For example, the New York Times (1914), reported that Ward was being sued by actor John Dean’s wife. Mrs. Dean contended that Fannie Ward alienated Mr. Dean’s affections away from Mrs. Dean. Mr Dean and Fannie Ward had travelled together a great deal beginning in 1908 because they often acted together. Newsboy gave away cabinet cards, such as the one displayed here, as premiums to customers of their tobacco products. To view other cabinet cards by Newsboy, click on the category “Photographer: Newsboy”.

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  1. Quite a gal, Fannie Ward … she did it ‘her way’, for better or worse. I have a better print of this same picture on a card (#109) credited to Richard K. Fox, Photographer. (In all, I have six such cards of actresses … a lot better print quality than Newsboy, but a bit short of top Cabinet Card quality.) I doubt that Richard K. Fox (Police Gazette fame) ever made a photograph in his life … but he was an entrepreneur and branded things he handled. He sold Cabinet Cards, mail order, for 10 cents each. His published listings are enticing. I thought the Fox cards were common but haven’t seen any in the Gallery. Do you have any enlightenment regarding these Richard K. Fox issues? Visit below
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    http://fultonhistory.com/newspaper%209/New%20York%20NY%20National%20Police%20Gazette%201844-1906/New%20York%20NY%20National%20Police%20Gazette%201889-1891%20Grayscale/New%20York%20NY%20National%20Police%20Gazette%201889-1891%20Grayscale%20-%200488.pdf

    • I do not own any cabinet cards by Richard K. Fox. The one’s that I have seen for sale have been very pricey. Some of Fox’s photographs are on my “wish list” and hopefully one will appear in the cabinet card gallery some time soon.


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