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Barbara Kent, built career as silent film star; at 103

After she had left acting, Barbara Kent rarely consented to interviews or acknowledged she had ever had a film career. After she had left acting, Barbara Kent rarely consented to interviews or acknowledged she had ever had a film career. (Ray Jones/Universal Pictures)
By Bruce Weber
New York Times / October 21, 2011

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Barbara Kent, one of the last surviving stars of silent films, who performed alongside Gloria Swanson, Greta Garbo and Harold Lloyd, died at the age of 103. A brunette, baby-faced beauty, both shapely and petite, Mrs. Kent made her film debut in “Prowlers of the Night,’’ a 1926 western in which she was the only woman in the cast. She followed that with a featured role in “Flesh and the Devil,’’ playing a lovelorn young woman with a crush on a man who is enthralled by the wily vamp played by Garbo.

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