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Florence Lawrence's film career began just as the cinema was being born. Her early work with the Vitagraph company gained her a legion of fans and a reputation as a willing and hard working actress. In 1908 she appeared in Romeo and Juliet?America's very first screen Juliet. By 1909, she was working steadily for the Biograph studio?she was dubbed ?the Biograph girl??and wa ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published March 20th 2007 by McFarland & Company (first published 1999)
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Graceann
May 03, 2010 Graceann rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: silent film buffs
Recommended to Graceann by: jenny paxson, the DONs
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In the interest of full disclosure, I must tell you that Kelly Brown is a friend of mine. I bought the book before we were friends, and it is with an *immense* sense of relief that I tell you I loved the way it was written.

Florence Lawrence was the first movie star, and it's not too much hyperbole to draw a line from people wondering about the name of "The Biograph Girl," to the interest in the private lives of today's celebrities. Given the relatively tiny amount of information available to Kel
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Hala Pickford
A pretty well researched biography on dear forgotten Florence. My only complaint is though the prose isn’t bad it really doesn’t draw you in. Florence’s story is so sad but by the end of it I was like ‘meh whats for dinner?’ I am not a fan of death obsessing but the final chapter covering Florence and her decision to end her life seemed way too simple and matter of fact…very little explanation behind ‘this happened, that happened’. Another one needs to be written me thinks. One other problem: I ...more
Audrey
I'm torn on this one because it was a little frustrating to read at times. The author clearly did extensive research, but in the end, it seems like there wasn't quite enough of Lawrence's self or personality present in the evidence she found. There was, however, a lot of conflicting information, and all of it was presented. I was absolutely wowed by the notes and bibliography. There was certainly not a single stone unturned. There are long sections where there is much more contextualizing inform ...more
Jenny
Jun 11, 2008 Jenny rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interesting in the history of movies.
An excellent biography of one of the first real stars of American cinema. Little was known about Lawrence before and Kelly Brown has done an excellent job of uncovering and reporting her story.
Donna
Any film buff worth their salt needs to read this book. If you love silent film and early film history, this is a wonderful book to read. In fact I need to re-read it!
Greta
Good, well researched book on an elusive subject. Notes all the contradictions in the stories, doesn’t go on wild speculations. Good filmography
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