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The Salad Days

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Salad Days, the first volume of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.'s autobiography, spans the 1920s and '30s and ends in 1941, when FDR sent him and his new wife Mary Lee on a fact-finding tour of South America just before the United States entered World War II.
Hardcover, 431 pages
Published January 30th 1988 by Doubleday (first published 1988)
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Sep 28, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Apr 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 19, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
Jan 28, 2010 rated it liked it
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'...
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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. He became an actor during the late silent era and a star of A-budget films starring alongside actors such as Greta Garbo, Edward G. Robinson, Ronald Colman, Katharine Hepburn, Irene Dunne, Ginger Rogers, Cary Grant, Rita Hayworth, and Maureen O'Hara.

Before America's entry in World War II, he joined the United St
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