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Memoirs of a screenplay author who started with the Garson Studios (so there is a lot of stories about Clara Kimball Young), and also worked closely with Bayard Viellard. Lots of anecdotes, though she discreetly hides a lot of names she doesn't hide the sometimes salty details. But she can be wrong on facts (she doesn't remember which films Harry Garson directed and has a novel accounting of the Arbuckle affair), so everything she says needs to be fact checked. She was definitely not lacking in ...more
"A breezy yet frustrating read... The prolific Ms. Coffee counts as one of Classic Hollywood’s more overlooked screenwriters, and this bio offers scant bits of insight into her working methods — in between breathless accounts of the many self-absorbed personalities she encountered while the film industry was in its infancy, that is. Coffee was in her early seventies when she wrote this, but the book’s many aimless passages and Pollyanna-ish recollections make it read more like a schoolgirl’s ...more