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Little Girl in Big Pictures

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  9 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
From humble beginnings as a baby contest winner to her 1931 debut in Women Love Once, Marilyn Knowlden was an "Alice" dropped into a giant, wonderland known as Hollywood. In that topsy-turvy world, she appeared in films with The Marx Brothers, Greta Garbo, Clara Bow, Katherine Hepburn, Shirley Temple, Claudette Colbert, Fredric March, Charles Laughton, Norma Shearer, Bobby ...more
Paperback, 442 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by BearManor Media
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Chuck White
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit that when this book was solicited a few months ago, I had no idea who Marilyn Knowlden was. Of her 33 screen credits, at that time I had only seen one film and her part was small in that one. But after reading the biography I intend to track down more of her work. Marilyn has led a full life and it's always good to hear of a child performer who managed to lead a happy life, once away from the spotlight.


Recommended to fans of biographies and/or Hollywood history.

Michael Ponte
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A very enjoyable autobiography of a child motion picture actress who appeared in some great motion pictures of the 1930s and 1940s; she has fascinating stories about her experiences and the people she met in Hollywood. She didn't continue in this career, which was probably for the best considering the rough lives many child stars experience when continuing in the business. Her life following the movies is also quite interesting, especially her experiences overseas after World War II.
Samantha Glasser
This fluffy autobiography is full of pictures and song lyrics from "I'm Gonna Get You in the Movies!" the musical Knowlden wrote. The writing isn't terribly scholarly (hello exclamation points!), the text occasionally changes font and she gets some of the facts wrong (attributing the "I'd rather play a maid than be a maid" to Louise Beavers when it was Hattie McDaniel who famously said it, or forgetting that Jane Fonda also played Katherine Hepburn's daughter in addition to Knowlden and Houghton ...more
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