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"Concise essays on the careers of the era's host of actors. ...dense with information...quotes her subjects liberally" ---Big Reel

"One of the best authors on film today...engaging essays...delightful…exhaustive…detailed." --Classic Images

"Wonderful essays...excellent…writing is both thorough and accurate." --Silents Are Golden

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A collection of biographical pieces originally published in Classic Images and Films of the Golden Age from 1993–2000. Subjects include such well-known silent stars as Clara Bow, Rudolph Valentino, Norma and Constance Talmadge, and Mae Marsh—as well as such lesser-known figures as tragic glamour girl Florence LaBadie, French comic genius Max Linder, the original Harrison Ford, and the first flapper, Clarine Seymour.

The stars covered are: Clara Bow • Gladys Brockwell • Vernon & Irene Castle • Bebe Daniels • Marion Davies • Jeanne Eagels • Harrison Ford • Dorothy Gish • William Haines • Robert Harron • May Irwin • Arthur Johnson • Alice Joyce • Florence LaBadie • Max Linder • Ormer Locklear • Douglas MacLean • Martha Mansfield • Mae Marsh • Colleen Moore • Antonio Moreno • Nita Naldi • Alla Nazimova • Pola Negri • Mary Nolan • Anita Page • Marie Prevost • Esther Ralston • Wallace Reid • Alma Rubens • Clarine Seymour • Milton Sills • Constance Talmadge • Norma Talmadge • Lilyan Tashman • Olive Thomas • Rudolph Valentino • Fannie Ward • Pearl White • Kathlyn Williams • Clara Kimball Young

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 239 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (December 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786408340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786408344
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,282,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After 20-some years in magazine publishing (including a stint writing "The Bottom Shelf" for Movieline, and as copy chief at More), I now work as a photo archivist in New York. I have several new book ideas on the back and front burners, and a proposal currently making the rounds.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Calvert on January 3, 2002
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This wonderful book contains 41 short (5-6 pages each) biographies of silent film actors and actresses. Some like Clara Bow, William Haines, and Rudolph Valentino have been covered more in-depth by other biographers. However, there is no other book that covers the life and careers of Marie Prevost, Milton Sills, Arthur Johnson, Clarine Seymour, Harrison Ford (not Indiana Jones), Pearl White, and Wallace Reid. Even famous personalities who just made a few film appearances like May Irwin and Ormer Locklear are covered. Many of these performers died before the silent era was even over, which is why they are virtually unknown today. These essays were originally written for CLASSIC IMAGES magazine, but have been updated for the book. Ms. Golden's bios are well researched and very easy to read. If you are interested in silent film performers, you will want this book!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Loves to Read on November 5, 2003
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This is a wonderful book. The author has done her homework and her picks from the famous to the forgotten were excellent choices. If she couldn't confirm a rumor, rather than speculate, or worse yet, sensationalize, she plainly stated the answer would probably never be found.
I recommend this book for all lovers of the silent era. I only wish that Ms.Golden could do full length bios on these people.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CJS on October 28, 2002
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This book provides 4-5 page biographies of many silent film stars. Some are very familiar to film buffs such as Rudolph Valentino, the Talmadge Sisters, etc. but others are not as familiar such as Martha Mansfield, Milton Sills, etc. Golden's writing style is so easy to read and she has done a great deal of research. Many of the biographies left you wanting to read a great deal more about many of these people. I would recommend this for all silent film buffs!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Crazy_Daisy on December 15, 2008
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The chapter on Kathlyn Williams is wrong on many issues: the year of her birth, her early life, and the name of her first husband. She was born in 1879, and her mother was born in Norway and not her father as the author states. She is listed on the 1880 Montana Census as being a year old. She was called Katie when she was little, and she attended Montana University in the late 1890s. Her father, Joseph Williams, was the parent who was of Welsh heritage. Her first husband was named Otto H. Kainer, and they married in October 1903. I have done extensive research on this actress, and I also have a copy of a New York Supreme Court document from 1905 when she sued her first husband.
Otherwise, great book!
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