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The Talmadge girls : a memoir

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From the jacket flap: The lovely faces of Norma and Constance Talmadge are well known to all silent-movie buffs, but most people don't realize that behind all that glamour were two extremely funny women who enjoyed their work immensely and never made the mistake of taking it too seriously. In this delightful memoir, Anita Loos, who wrote many scripts for them and became a ...more
Hardcover, 204 pages
Published January 1st 1978 by New York : Viking Press
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Ceejay
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great read! Anita Loos, who was a screenwriter when the Talmadge sisters were silent movie stars, presents an interesting, first person story of that era. It is, of course, the story of the Talmadge girls and their mother, and as such the reader learns of what life was like for movie stars of the silent era. It is well written, and all the stories told by Miss Loos make for an enjoyable read. In addition to being a screenwriter, Anita Loos was also the author of the novel Gentlemen Prefer Blonde ...more
Samantha Glasser
Jan 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: movies, non-fiction
The Talmadge Girls are Norma, Constance and Natalie Talmadge and their mother Peg. Norma was one of the most famous dramatic actresses in the 1910s and 20s, although she dabbled in comedy. Blonde Constance AKA "Dutch" was better known for her comic abilities and was the more popular sister socially. Natalie was not in movies because her looks and charms waned in comparison to those of her siblings, but she went down in history as the wife of Buster Keaton.

The author is easily distracted and fli
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Christina
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loos on the Talmadges as she knew them!
Jaylia3
Sep 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book is at least as much about author Anita Loos, an early Hollywood screenwriter who wrote scripts for some of the silent movies that stared the Talmadge sisters, as it is about those sisters themselves, but that suited me fine. It was fun to read gossip about Eleanor Roosevelt (who knew she had it in her?) and about the first time Loos and the sisters saw Coco Channel skirts in Paris (as soon as she got to their hotel Loos sent all her skirts out to be hemmed much shorter.) The book inclu ...more
Jeslyn
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Anita Loos was one of the top screenwriters during the reign of silent film, but this jumbled arrangement of recollections does her little credit. Though ostensibly a biography of Constance and Norma Talmadge, it has an over-generous helping of autobiography added, and the sum total comes across as random reminiscences on a gossipy afterrnoon recalled through a haze of sherry and age, without the hilarity or poignancy that makes looking back worthwhile.
Brooke Stephenson
Aug 27, 2012 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the stories and the time period, but it was a mixture of stories with accounts like I already knew the sisters history (which I didn't). I still enjoyed it and it will lead me to read her other stories.
Annie Garvey
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
I thought that Loos had an ax to grind. A less biased book is The First Female Stars: Women of the Silent Era by David W. Menefee.
Colleen
Dec 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: old-movies, history
"Wake up, you little slut, said Peg. "We've got a big day ahead of us."

You know silent film is rife with tragedies--the sad twilight of crumbling Pickfair, the unfunny ends for Keaton, Normand, Arbuckle, etc. etc. , deaths at the height like Valentino or rousted homeless as an old lady like Mae Murray. Heck, the very first movie star of all killed herself by eating ant paste. But for THIS book to be the ONLY book on the Talmadge sisters is a tragedy in itself.

I think it doesn't help matters that
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Anita Loos (April 26, 1889 – August 18, 1981) was an American screenwriter, playwright and author, best known for her blockbuster comic novel, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
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