Carmel Myers was born in San Francisco, the daughter of an Australian rabbi and Austrian Jewish mother. Her father became well-
From this beginning, Myers left for New York, where she acted mainly on stage for the next two years. She was soon signed by Universal, however, where she soon emerged as a popular actress in vamp roles. Her most popular film from this period is probably the romantic comedy All Night, opposite Rudolph Valentino. By 1924 she was working for MGM, making such films as Broadway After Dark, which also starred Adolphe Menjou, Norma Shearer and Anna Q. Nilsson. In 1925, she appeared in arguably her most famous role, that of the Egyptian vamp Iras in Ben-
Myers had a successful sound career, although she ended up mostly in supporting roles due to her age. Among her popular sound films is 1931's Svengali with John Barrymore.