The first nude woman on screen: Annette Kellerman

A seemingly nude woman, actor Annette Kellerman. Her body is covered only with long hair over her breasts and abdomen. She sits on a tree trunk with her arms outstretched.
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Title:
The first nude woman on screen: Annette Kellerman
NFSA ID
585711
Year
1916
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Annette Kellerman is credited with being the first woman to appear nude in a film – in the grand epic A Daughter of the Gods (Herbert Brenon, USA, 1916).

This is a publicity still for the film. The film itself is now considered lost.

When she spoke with Joel Greenberg in 1974 she insisted she wore a ‘very thin pair of tights’ for filming. A long wig was also strategically placed for modesty.

Notes by Beth Taylor