In the second half of 1920, exotic hats are the rage!
- Cover girls (l.-r., in order of appearance): Martha Mansfield, Mae Murray, Constance Talmdage, Mary Pickford, Anna Q. Nilsson, Anita Stewart.
- The January 1920 cover featured Norma Talmadge; eight months later kid sis Constance adorns the September 1920 cover.
- Cover girls (l.-r., in order of appearance): Norma Talmadge, Olive Thomas, Alice Joyce, Pearl White, Clara Kimball Young, Katherine MacDonald.
- The March 1920 issue features a cover portrait of Alice Joyce by Rolf Armstrong and the issue’s lead story is titled “If Christ Went to the Movies.”
- Think cinematic superheroes who perform daring feats are new? April 1920’s Pearl White was the serial queen who did her own stunts. She was so popular in 1914’s The Perils of Pauline that a whole slew of starring vehicles were built around her talents and athleticism such as The Exploits of Elaine, (1914-1915), The New Exploits of Elaine (1915), The Romance of Elaine (1915), Pearl of the Army (1916-1917), and other serials. She did a lot of her own feats–driving cars at breakneck speeds and swimming in rushing rivers–in these serials, until the producers realized she was just too valuable a commodity and started using stuntpeople in her place!
The last two Photoplay covers in 1919 featured Lillian Gish and Betty Compson. Gish surely needs no introduction. Her cover is by A. Cheney Johnston.
Compson had just starred in the recently-released The Miracle Man and it proved to be her star-making role. She formed her own production company and continued to work for decades, even testing for the role of Belle Watling in Gone With the Wind.
- Cover girls (l.-r., in order of appearance): Alice Brady, May Thurman, and Dorothy Dalton.
- Cover girls (l.-r., in order of appearance): Marjorie Rambeau, Billie Burke, Constance Talmadge, Dorothy Phillips.
- Per the May issue’s table of contents, the cover image of a periwigged Billie Burke is “From the Oil Painting by Alfred Cheney Johnston.”