Although Dutch-born silent screen femme fatale Jetta Goudal (pronounced Zah-hetta Goo-doll) may be pretty much forgotten today, she was, in her glorious Hollywood heyday, a star rivaling that of Gloria Swanson and fellow vamps Barbara La Marr and Nita Naldi. The daughter of a Jewish orthodox diamond cutter in Amsterdam, she began her career on stage in Europe, traveling with various theater companies. Arriving in America (New York City) following the WWI armistice (1918), Juliette (Julie) Henriette Goudeket purposely disguised her Dutch and Jewish ancestry and her age, passing herself off as “Jetta Goudal,” a Parisienne born in Versailles in 1901 and the daughter of a lawyer.
She first appeared on Broadway in the drama “The Hero” in March of 1921; that September she returned with the melodrama “The Elton Charm”. Eventually testing for film. She attracted immediate attention with her first two small film roles and caught the eye of legendary producer/director Cecil B. DeMille… read more