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Wed, Nov 2, 2016 3:17 PM

Bert Blair, Sign of the Zodiac

Her screen name was Bert Blair, and the movie she mentions is the original “Sign of the Zodiac.”  The movie production company she worked for suffered a major fire and disappeared in 1929, as far as I can tell.  She billed herself as Bert Blair, America’s Famous Motor Girl, IIRC.

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Ken: Can you please provide further details about the question you are asking?

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Please see the latest on Bert Blair as of 11/17/16.

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I have some correspondence, her home address,  a photo of her as Bert Blair, America’s Famous Motor Girl, IIRC, and a few other factual tidbits that may help.  I’ll dig it out and post what I have in the next few days. I didn't find her by name, Bert Blair, or the original movie,  Sign of the Zodiac, in the IMDB or on Google. Thank you!

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Her screen name was Bert Blair, and the movie she mentions is the original “Sign of the Zodiac.”  She worked for the Minerva Film Company which suffered a major fire and disappeared in 1929, as far as I know.  She also billed herself as Bert Blair, America’s Famous Motor Girl, IIRC. She planned an Around the World tour by automobile in 1925. Whether or not she completed that trip is unknown. She received a .38 Military and Police pistol from Smith & Wesson for protection (and promotion of Smith & Wesson) on her trip. She is not currently listed in the IMDB or found with online searches. Does anyone recall Bert Blair from the 1920s? Thank you!



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Note: The bottom photo is the better photo of Bert Blair.

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Ken: I'm not sure if the contributors on this board can help you find more information about Bert Blair. You seem to have more information about her than anyone else who posts here. And the fact that she is not listed in IMDb suggests to me one of three possibilities: either (1) she did not appear in a movie that actually got completed and released; (2) she, and/or the movies she appeared in, had a very low profile; or (3) she used a different name than "Bert Blair" for any films she worked in.

You might want to try asking on the Silent Film board of IMDb at http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000073/threads/. I don't know if you will get a response there, but there seems to be an intelligent level of discussion on that board so at least it seems worth asking there.

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I'm also thinking she did not appear in a movie that actually got completed and released. She wrote to Mr. W. F. Roper at Smith & Wesson, "I am sending you under separate cover a photograph taken during one of the scenes of the Sign of the Zodiac, and perhaps you can see that I should have a gun for my protection."  She was impressed with her appearance. The movie had progressed to a point, maybe not to completion though; whatever was available may have burned in the 1929 fire at the Minerva Film Company. She may not have started her trip around the world either, not without her wardrobe from the film company! She was very good at self promotion; all that apparently for nothing on the record though. I've posted the same request on the Silent Film board of IMDb. Thank you!