Carmel Myers acted in over seventy films and led a production company that packaged TV and radio shows, but her most lasting contribution to Hollywood may have been her popularization of the idea of A-list and B-list celebrities. Myers was known for her vamp roles in both silent films and “talkies,” most notably her performance as the seductive Iras in the 1926 production of Ben Hur. She also ran an early television talk show in 1951, which she hosted out of her home, and imported and distributed French perfume. A lavish entertainer with a wide circle of friends, Myers calculated A-lists and B-lists to determine who to invite to her parties, with Cary Grant and Dana Andrews once booted to the B-list for a party honoring Ethyl Barrymore and Somerset Maugham. Her last role, in the 1976 film Won Ton Ton, the Dog that Saved Hollywood, was remarkable for her being one of the few former silent film stars cast in a film with cameos of past Hollywood stars.
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Carmel Myers." (Viewed on September 1, 2014) <http://jwa.org/people/myers-carmel>.