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Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel (Screen Classics) Hardcover – October 16, 2013
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"Rice is a superb writer with just the right touch―not too heavy, not too light. We really get to know Ann Dvorak."―Eve Golden, author of John Gilbert: The Last of the Silent Film Stars
"Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel is more than the biography of an overlooked movie star. Author Christina Rice has meticulously researched the life of Dvorak, whose strong, self-reliant characters made her an important presence in the pre-Code era. Written in a reader-friendly style, Ann Dvorak explores the highs and lows of the actress who dazzled viewers in the classics Ann Dvorak and Ann Dvorak ."―Susan Doll, author of Florida on Film: The Essential Guide to Sunshine State Cinema
"Ann Dvorak has always been an enigmatic figure, whether you're looking at her electric vitality in the 1932 Scarface or her feline grace in 1947's The Private Affairs of Bel Ami. Fifteen years separate these unique performances, and there's no one like Ann Dvorak, yet the story of her career remains untold. In Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel, Christina Rice corrects this oversight. We learn about the ambitious young dancer, how her unusual looks and singular intensity pulled her into acting, and how her path to stardom ended in regretful obscurity. This is a compelling story, sometimes exhilarating, sometimes sad, but Christina Rice tells it honestly and objectively. Her dedicated research makes it possible to see both Ann Dvorak and her milieu with clarity. Ann Dvorak l is a sensitive biography of a real talent."―Mark A. Vieira, author of George Hurrell's Hollywood
"A scrupulously researched, consistently insightful and thoroughly welcome biography. Fans and students of Hollywood's fascinating pre-Code era will particularly appreciate a chance to learn more about one of its most sophisticated, intelligent, and hauntingly beautiful actresses."―Margaret Talbot, author of The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father's Twentieth Century
"Recommended movie star reading . . . Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel by Christina Rice. Ann Dvorak looked to be on the road to stardom at Warner Bros, but she chafed too often at restrictions placed upon her. Yet who besides the most devoted film fanatic knows of Miss Dvorak? Fascinating read on a fascinating actress."―Liz Smith, New York Social Diary
"Ann Dvorak may be the biggest Hollywood star you've never heard of. By 19 years old, she had established herself with a leading role in the 1932 classic "Scarface." But, on the verge of going supernova, the young star seemingly gave it all up for love. Now, after 15 years of research, librarian Christina Rice's long-anticipated biography, Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel, has reignited interest in the star's story."―Nathan Masters, KCET
"Dvorak's story is the intriguing examination of a facet of Hollywood little reported on. Rice captures the loneliness and pain of losing stardom, and just being lonely within old age. It's biographies like these, and authors like Rice, who keep the memory of these forgotten stars burning bright. Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel is part Hollywood biography and paean to a star who may not have always known what she wanted, but was well aware of what she didn't want. Worth seeking out!"―Journeys in Classic Film
"Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel by Christina Rice explores the life and career of one of the first actors who dared to challenge the studio system that ruled Tinseltown, and who found success when many were struggling to adapt to the era of talkies."―Publishers Weekly
"Now, thanks to Rice's epic effort to research and reconstruct her life, Dvorak will be much more than just a ghost of Old Hollywood."―LA Weekly
About the Author
Christina Rice is a librarian and photo archivist at the Central Library in downtown Los Angeles. (www.anndvorak.com)
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So thanks to this author for taking the time and research to provide a really fine biography of a really fine actress. It is beautifully researched and written with great care for the subject. It provides the highs and lows of a fascinating life. The lovely woman did have a number of highs, both career-wise and in her daily living. She got to travel and see much of the world. She took it upon herself to help in the war effort by being on the scene in London and assisting those affected by war. And she enjoyed so much of life including animals, plants, nice surroundings, and it would seem - her first husband. She also had unfortunately a number of lows.
This book really captures so much of the personality of Miss Dvorak. It also shows that she was led in wrong directions by that first husband, who almost wrecked her entire film career. She was a mere 20 year old when she starred opposite the brilliant Paul Muni in "Scarface," the film that gave her a film career. She held her own, doing wonderfully. She also held her own against John Wayne, Henry Fonda, James Cagney, Randolph Scott and others. And when she played Ann Blythe's birth mother in Our Very Own, although she had little screen time, she stole the acting honors in that film.
In my view she was a better actress than most of her contemporaries including Bette Davis. She stole "Three on a Match" from Davis. But Davis was a fighter who went on to high acclaim in the movies; while Dvorak ticked off the one man who held her contract, Jack Warner. Davis always played Davis; while Dvorak played different characters so well. Appearing with Lana Turner in "A Life of Her Own", Turner didn't have a chance. Dvorak was a seasoned actress while Turner was a movie star with little talent. Although a small role, you never forgot Dvorak in that movie.
All in all she seemed to enjoy life until that final marriage and her years away from the cameras. Her final years still show her great love for plants and animals and art and reading. But she was done in by her third marriage both financially and mentally.
Thanks again to Christina Rice for a vivid portrait of a fine actress. This is a must read for people loving movies and one of the greatest talents who appeared in many of them!