Agnes Ayres, the silent screen star of the 1920s, is the subject of a program by the Union County Historical and Genealogy Society at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at St. Joseph Catholic Church Hall, located on Centennial Street in Cobden.

Ayres grew up in Cobden, with her aunts and uncles living in Anna and grandparents in Carbondale. Her mother, Emma, married Franklin Rendleman of the Mt. Glen/Cobden area in 1895. Ayres was her stage name.

According to Judy Travelstead, spokesperson for the society, much has been written about the woman who starred with Rudolph Valentino in The Sheik and The Son of the Sheik. "I have discovered that many of the details written by Ayres and her family are not accurate. I hope to clarify some of those misconceptions," said Travelstead.

The 1921 film The Sheik, a silent film in black and white, will be shown in its entirety after the program. The movie is 86 minutes in length.

The event is free and open to the public. Popcorn and soda will be provided.

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