Former Ohio home of silent film star comes down

July 7, 2011 at 2:07 a.m.
Updated July 8, 2011 at 2:08 a.m.

CINCINNATI (AP) - A Cincinnati mansion once owned by an early film star has been torn down by the university that owns it.

The white stucco Spanish villa was built by Cincinnati native Theda Bara in the 1920s, after she starred in 40 silent films. She was known for playing a sultry "vamp."

Xavier (ZAY'-vyur) University spokeswoman Laurel Bauer tells The Associated Press demolition began Thursday morning and was finished by noon. The university plans to put landscaping on the property for the time being.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports stucco had been peeling off the 12-room house. Xavier acquired it in 1979 and used it first as a residence for nuns, later for honors students.

The Enquirer's files show Bara lived in the home a few years. She died of cancer in 1955.


Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer,



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