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A Beautiful Fairy Tale: The Life of Actress Lois Moran Hardcover – July 1, 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
The author's insightful and diligent research, coupled with some memorable findings in her journals, papers and photographs, have made this book a true and masterfully constructed literary achievement.
Buller explores the bond between Gladys (Lois Moran's mother) and her daughter, and rebuts the myth that Gladys was a conventional stage mother who disliked her daughter's interest in married men. Gladys is worthy of a book all of her own! She took Lois from their settled life in Pittsburgh and brought her to Paris as a teen to escape the repressive US climate of the day, and to show her daughter life in big beautiful capital letters.
Stardom in the movies was only a sort of lagniappe to Lois, who abandoned Hollywood when she married in 1935. And she was signally a free-lance player, one who evaded the contractual obligations of any one studio (except for a brief and not too happy contract with Fox). That may have precipitated her withdrawal from cultural memory, however, for I think in the classical cinemaa the studio really built their stars up, and the ones who played it free-lance aren't as well remembered today. (We know Clark Gable, for example, better than we know, say, Irene Dunne.Read more ›
Mr. Buller's stunning biography of Lois Moran contains years of research, much of it from his access to Ms. Moran's papers. Mr. Buller knew Lois Moran and was a friend of hers in the final five years of her life. The book contains countless excerpts from Ms. Moran's diaries and is full of beautiful photographs, some of which have never previously been published. Ms. Moran was a meticulous and animated journal keeper and her views, opinions and observations of life in the fabulous 20s and in Hollywood give us a revealing glimpse into another time and place - Lois Moran's "fairy tale" world of the 1920s and beyond. Lois Moran, a vivacious and independent woman, whose roles included Hollywood star, Broadway actress, singer, dancer, wife, mother and writer, came alive for me in the pages of this beautifully written and painstakingly researched book. The appendix contains exhaustive lists of her films, plays, characters, etc.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A bit too much time spent on trying to convince the reader that Moran did have a sexual affair with Scott Fitzgerald when both she and Mr. Fitzgerald denied the intimacy. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Shawn Sudia-Skehan
I was barely aware of Lois Moran until I saw a spectacular Hurrell photograph of her in Mark Vieira's "George Hurrell's Hollywood". Read morePublished 20 months ago by Victor Thomas
This is a wonderful, well researched, and well written book. Lois Moran was an inportant part of early Hollywood and Richard Buller has bought this lovely star to life.Published on March 14, 2014 by Loves to Read