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Silent Stars by Jeanine Basinger
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Aug 17, 10

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Read from July 25 to August 17, 2010

Fascinating history of stars of the silent era. I read it once straight through and am reading it again. A few interesting pieces of info:

1. Films offered a way for women to earn their own living during that time. Many of the industry's most famous actresses of the time - specifically, Mary Pickford - were in charge of their careers and contracts in ways later actresses were not. (And, of note, Mary Pickford was one of the founders of United Artists).

2. Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks were the most famous couple in the world at that time and probably surpass the attention even Brad/Angelina receive today.

3. After reading this book, I am more curious about silent films and even rented Through the Backdoor (Pickford) from Netflix. Although silent films haven't been an interest of mine in the past, I'm definitely making them a part of my classic film history going forward.

Absolutely fascinating book.
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message 1: by Jessica (new)

Jessica T. check out Lulu in Hollywood it's by Louise Brooks... Louise is probably one of my favorite silent film stars...


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