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Barbara La Marr: The Girl Who Was Too Beautiful for Hollywood (Screen Classics) Hardcover – November 14, 2017
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"The 'Girl Who Was Too Beautiful' moniker is both a blessing and a curse for Barbara La Marr's legacy. It ensures her place in the pantheon of Hollywood's most intriguing figures, but at the same time discourages modern audiences from viewing her as anything more than Roaring Twenties eye candy. Therefore, the task that Sherri Snyder has undertaken is invaluable; Snyder manages to humanize an actress who is all too often defined merely by her physical appearance and freewheeling lifestyle. Expertly researched and captivatingly written, Barbara La Marr: The Girl Who Was Too Beautiful for Hollywood manages to paint the most complete picture of La Marr's life to date. A scholarly work on Barbara La Marr was long overdue; the silent film community as a whole should be thankful that Snyder was not only up to the task, but has created a work that will serve to define La Marr's life and career for decades to come."―Charles Epting, editor, Silent Film Quarterly
"Snyder's work is fresh and enthralling. Her dedication and compassion for her subject shines through. And we are richly rewarded with a truly well-written biography of a long-forgotten star."― Stephen Michael Shearer, author of Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life, Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr, and Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star
"Snyder beautifully steps up to the task of providing film scholars a thoughtful and well-researched depiction of La Marr's life, career, and legacy.
Snyder's work offers an honest and incredibly personal perspective of La Marr's life. Snyder's prose justly portrays both the rewarding and challenging moments throughout La Marr's life and career."―Hometowns to Hollywood
"Snyder's completed manuscript is impressive in both its scope and detail . . . . A fluid and captivating narrative."―Christina Rice, author of Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel
"Sherri Snyder digs deep into the life of Barbara La Marr, giving an in-depth look at the intelligence and talents of the "girl who was too beautiful." We see the real three-dimensional La Marr for the very first time, a thoughtful, generous, and creative woman who died much too young."―Mary Mallory, film historian and author of Hollywood Celebrates the Holidays: 1920-1970, Hollywoodland: Tales Lost and Found, and Hollywood at Play: The Lives of the Stars Between Takes
"Since La Marr's life is linked to tragedy and scandal, the separation of fact from fiction is a difficult undertaking. However, Snyder beautifully steps up to the task of providing film scholars a thoughtful and well-researched depiction of La Marr's life, career, and legacy."―Hometowns to Hollywood
"Rich with details, and never becoming discursive, Barbara La Marr – The Girl Who Was Too Beautiful for Hollywood is a fascinating study of a life and career that will cause the reader to have greater respect and admiration for its subject. It is one of the best film books of 2017."―James Neibaur Blog
About the Author
Actress and writer Sherri Snyder regularly portrays Barbara La Marr in a one-woman performance piece she wrote for the Pasadena Playhouse/Pasadena Museum of History production, Channeling Hollywood, and she maintains the tribute website, www.barbaralamarr.net.
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