Olive's Borden's Story

"In all things I'm an extremist - way up or way down. The slightest disappointment enfolds me in the blackest gloom and when things go right I'm so thrilled that I can't sleep or eat or even sit still." ~ Olive

During the 1920's Olive Borden was one of Hollywood's most popular stars but by the age of forty-one she was penniless and forgotten. Olive Mary Borden was born on July 14, 1906, in Norfolk, Virginia. Tragically her father, Harry Borden, died of typhoid fever when she was just fourteen months old. Her widowed mother, Sibbie Shields Borden, moved them to Mt. Washington, Maryland where she managed a restaurant. Olive was an only child and she developed a very close relationship with her mother. During her teen years she attended Mount St. Agnes Academy, a Catholic boarding school in Baltimore. She was very ambitious and dreamed of becoming an actress. In 1922 she persuaded Sibbie to take her to Hollywood. Just two days after arriving Olive got a job …

1927 Article ~ Olive Borden "The Joy Girl"

The 1925 WAMPAS Baby Stars

Fig Leaves with George O'Brien

Magazine Clippings

Olive's Marriage To Teddy Spector

The Dressmaker From Paris ~ The LOST Film

1926 Article ~ A Letter From Location

1929 Article About Olive & George O'Brien

Olive's Recipes

1948 Article ~ Olive Borden's Last Starring Role

What Love Means To Me ~ Written By Olive

Olive and George O'Brien's Romance

Olive Demonstrates Studio Signals



Dance Hall with Arthur Lake

Merry Christmas

1927 Article ~ The Girl On The Cover

1929 Article ~ Olive Borden Offers a Gift Radio

Olive During World War 2

Magazine Covers

Olive's Death & Final Resting Place

Olive At The Sunshine Mission

1926 Article ~ Chicken Southern Style

Olive Posed Nude!

Olive's Movies & Where To Watch Them