Monday, February 27, 2017


~ Olive always wore a pink and green pansy ring. The ring was made out of her father's stickpin and she considered it her good luck charm.

~ She hated seeing herself on the screen and never watched one of her finished movies

~ At one time she owned fourteen fur coats! When Olive started having financial problems she had to sell all of them.

~ She wore a size 2 shoe. Her feet were so small she had to have special shoes made.

~ Olive weighed only 105 pounds. To stay in shape she would run up and down her stairs every day.

~ Columnist Jimmie Fiddler was her first press agent. He said she was "unforgettable for the perfect beauty of her figure".

~ When Olive was cast in the 1925 film The Dressmaker In Paris she only owned one dress

~ She was five feet, four inches tall and had brown eyes

~ Accused murderer Lizzie Borden was one of her distant relatives

~ Although the characters she played often smoked cigarettes Olive did not smoke in real life

~ In July of 1927 she bought a custom built Lincoln car with a convertible top. It was the only one of it's kind on the West coast.

~ When Olive died she was broke. The only possessions she had were a scrapbook of clippings and a photo of herself that was signed "Sincerely yours, Olive Borden".

~ She was close friends with actors Cornelius Keefe and Ralph Graves

~ In 1925 she was named one of the 13 WAMPAS (Western Association Of Motion Picture Advertisers) Baby Stars. The other baby stars included June Marlowe and Betty Arlen.

~ Olive made her New York stage debut on December 20, 1930. She had the lead role in a play called "The Devil Is A Lady".

~ Olive could speak French and she knew how to play the piano

~ In August of 1926 Olive underwent an emergency appendectomy in San Francisco. She returned to work five weeks later.

~ She loved to swim and play golf

~ In 1958 Olive was one of the first eight celebrities to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her star is located at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue.

~ Olive had a Swedish maid named Margaret Johnson

~ She was very close to her mother Sibbie. They lived together until Olive moved to New York City in 1930.

~ When Olive was a child she went to Sacred Heart Catholic grade school in Norfolk, Virginia. She was one of the first students to attend the school when it opened in 1920.

~ Her cousin was actress Natalie Joyce

~ In 1929 Olive dyed her hair blonde and cut it into a bob for the movie Dance Hall

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