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This was one of the first Silent Hollywood memoirs I ever read, and the one against which I measure all others. Frances Marion was one of the most talented and successful scenario writers back then, and talkies made it possible to hear her whip-smart wit in sound rather than title cards. She was best buddies with Mary Pickford and was there in Hollywood from the time the industry really started to kick into high gear (mid-teens). After a failed stint as an actress, she turned to writing where ...more
Shared in a funny and moving memoir, Frances Marion's stories of old Hollywood are numerous and illuminating. She was a remarkable woman, a highly successful screenwriter for decades. Her insights into the changes the film industry underwent from its inception through the 50s, as well as the many actors and film makers who left their mark, are fascinating and often poignant. Sometimes her anecdotal style and frequent name-dropping could be confusing, but I was enjoying myself so much I hardly ...more
Frances Marion was a highly successful screenwriter from the Silent Era who survived the transition to Talkies and beyond. She wrote some of Mary Pickford's biggest hits and became her close friend. She worked with Irving Thalberg, L.B. Mayer and Samuel Goldwyn. Her rapier wit shines through her auto-biography as she describes her life and times and the who's who of Hollywood who were her closest friends--and antagonists. If you are fascinated by early Hollywood or its Golden Era, this is an ...more