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The Salad Days: An Autobiography

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This is an autobiography of the crown prince of American cinema, son of the disputed king of the silver screen, Douglas Fairbanks Sr. The relationship of father and son looms large in the book for the book ends in 1940 shortly after Fairbank Senior's death.
Hardcover, 431 pages
Published March 1st 1988 by DoubleDay (first published 1988)
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Vincent
I picked up this book for 3 reasons: it is really long and I wanted to dive into during a vacation to curacao, because I knew that Fairbanks was big in film a long time ago and because I was into the title.
Biggest revelation: fairbanks, Mary Pickford and Charlier Chaplin donimated the movie industry in the 20's and 30's. Fairbanks sometimes made 8 films in a year. He was huge.
The book is somewhat introspective which I appreciate. And fairbanks admits to some faults, which is hard in a book. The
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Jenny
Apr 23, 2008 Jenny rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in the hsitory of Hollywood
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. was a true class act. As the son of one of the world's most famous actors of the silent era, Doug Jr. has unfairly been overshadowed and under appreciated. This first volume of his two-part autobiography (A Hell of a War came next) tells about his childhood, living with his mother after his parents were divorced. It then goes on to his start in films (necessary to support mother and son after she lost the divorce settlement money through bad investments), his marriage to Jo ...more
Fionnuala
While I read this too soon after finishing Me, Cheeta to give it a fair review, I did enjoy it, if for some of the wrong reasons. What's between the lines is frequently more funny / interesting /clever than what's said outright. Fun insight into old Hollywood and success.
Jane
wow, DFJ had an interesting life, particularly his childhood! This book explained a lot of reasons why I'm not as familiar with his work as I am with his contemporaries'...
Nicole
I really liked reading what Douglas Fairbanks Jr life was like in his opinion. Probably one of my favorite autobiographies.
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Douglas Fairbanks Jr. is the son of actor Douglas Fairbanks and his first wife Beth. Junior became an actor during the late silent era and became a star of A budget films starring opposite Greta Garbo, Edward G. Robinson, Katharine Hepburn, and Cary Grant. He served in the United States Navy during WWII and stayed in until he retired as captain in 1954.

Fairbanks Jr. was married to Joan Crawford,
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