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Douglas Fairbanks: The Fourth Musketeer Hardcover – Illustrated, February 1, 2019
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"A fun read and an invaluable resource. Letitia's book stands as one ofthe only first-hand accounts of silent film's great superstar." -Tracey Goessel, Fairbanks biographer
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- Publisher : Lyons Press; Illustrated edition (February 1, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 296 pages
- ISBN-10 : 149303992X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1493039920
- Item Weight : 2.57 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.25 x 0.88 x 10.27 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,152,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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C0-authored by Fairbanks's niece, Letitia Fairbanks, the book is both a biography and a family album - a deeply personal glimpse into the life of one of the world's biggest silent film stars, who was known to his legion of fans simply as "Doug."
Fairbanks started out with acting troupes in Denver, Colorado at the turn of the last century when he was still in his teens, and he eventually worked his way to New York City and the Broadway theaters. Known for his athletic abilities and breezy personality, Fairbanks was a natural fit in early Hollywood, where he made his film debut with Triangle Pictures in 1915. Within three years - by the end of World War I - he was Hollywood's most popular actor and already romantically involved with Mary Pickford, dubbed "America's Sweetheart" by the fan magazines, and the most beloved actress in the world. Already hugely successful individually, the marriage between Fairbanks and Pickford in 1920 skyrocketed them into superstardom and anointed them as the King and Queen of Hollywood. While the book spans the entirety of Fairbanks's life, the majority of the book focuses on his marriage to Pickford and how it still influences how fans view celebrities and stardom to this day.
"Douglas Fairbanks: The Fourth Musketeer" is filled with gorgeous photographs and is a treasure trove for any fan of Fairbanks and early Hollywood, and would be a nice edition to the collections of public, undergraduate, and fine arts libraries.
Letitia’s storytelling comes off darn near legendary, even hallowed with a campfire/klieg glow. The use of photographs is impressive and informative, but usually doesn’t match with the tale being told on that page. On the outset, without prior knowledge of who Douglas Fairbanks is, it seems like he’s masculine, easily the center of attention within any group of people, yarnful, roving, and into parkour; the likes of which can’t quite be re-accomplished, even in modern-day Hollywood. As the book goes on (quite enjoyably, I might add), you learn that he has the ability to fall asleep instantly when laying down, has a natural tan, had been married for seven years to Beth Sully before meeting Mary Pickford, is involved in very physical, stunt-filled films, marries, then has a really arduous, crowded honeymoon in Europe, not sporting his famed mustache until 1921, Mary & Doug having the first signatures and handprints at Grauman’s Chinese Theater, hosts athletes at his home during the 1932 L.A. Olympics, and spending the latter part of his life with the overriding theme of feeling as though fame and life has passed him by, despite having wealth and the love of his friends, fans, and family.