Vanity Fair
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Legendary stage star Minnie Maddern Fiske made her screen debut in the 1913 version of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Ubervilles. Unfortunately, on that occasion the camera ventured too close to Fiske, rather cruelly revealing that she was no spring chicken. Thus, when the actress gamely stepped before the cameras again for the 1915 production Vanity Fair, director Charles Brabin was careful to photograph her in medium shots only, using clever lighting devices to camouflage her advanced age. As a result, the public was generally pleased by Fiske's re-creation of her famous stage role… More