Olive Borden Wearing Her Lucky Ring

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

~ When she was an infant she was baptized at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Baltimore, Maryland

Olive Borden Wearing Fur

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

~ Even though she never graduated from high school she learned how to speak French and play the piano

Olive Borden Nude

~ When Olive needed extra money she posed for nude photos

~ Accused murderer Lizzie Borden was one of her distant relatives on her father's side

~ Early in her career she was fired from her job as a movie extra because the director didn't like the way she looked

Olive Borden

~ Olive was five feet, four inches tall and weighed just 105 pounds. To stay in shape she would run up and down her stairs every day.

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

~ She almost drowned while filming a dangerous scene in the 1926 movie Yellow Fingers

Olive Borden

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

~ She claimed she was never able to cry onscreen

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

Olive Borden

~ Olive was a member of the Catholic Motion Picture Guild. Other members included George O'Brien, Nancy Carroll, and Zasu Pitts

~ She loved to swim in her pool and play golf

~ In August of 1926 she underwent an emergency appendectomy. She returned to work five weeks later.

Olive Borden With Her Dog

~ Olive had a pet wire-haired terrier

~ In 1926 she paid $65,000 for a lavish Beverly Hills mansion located at 627 N. Hillcrest. Sadly she had to sell it two years later because she could no longer afford it.

~ She watched all of her movies several times so she could study each performance and learn to be a  better actress

Olive Borden With Her Doll

~ Olive had a large collection of dolls

~ In 1927 she was supposed to star in the drama Sunrise with her boyfriend George O'Brien but Janet Gaynor was given the role instead

~ She owned a custom built Lincoln car with a convertible top. It was the only one of it's kind on the West coast.

Olive Borden

~ Olive's long black hair became her trademark look. When she wanted to change her image she cut her hair into a short bob.

~ Her best friend was her mother Sibbie. They always lived together until Olive moved to New York City in 1930.

~ She attended the World's Fair in Chicago in December of 1933

Olive Borden The Hollywood Revue

~ Olive and comic Earl Faber toured the country with a stage act called "The Hollywood Revue" in 1935. It was her last professional acting job.

~ Cornelius O'Keefe, her costar in Come To My House, was the only actor who attended her funeral

Olive Borden Hollywood Walk Of Fame

~ In 1958 she 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.

~ She made a rare public appearance in January of 1945. She was a the judge at a 10th Annual Championship cat show in Hollywood.

Olive Borden 1945 Cat Show