Olive Thomas: The Life and Death of a Silent Film Beauty Kindle Edition
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Also included at the end of Olive's story is a filmography for her career including synopsis, cast lists, and the status of the film today.
One major flaw with this book is that Vogel seems unfocused. There is a lot of information about Jack Pickford and Marilyn Miller, information that really has little to do with Thomas. The story jumps around chronologically and suggests many different conclusions to Thomas' death, but no solid explanation. Also, her early life is barely touched upon; her stage and screen career and early death are the focus. Granted, the information is valuable because so little is available, but the format of the book is disappointing, especially for its price. Vogel seemingly did not intend to create the definitive biography on Thomas as she often isolates her information to a time period. She references the "recent" release of The Flapper on DVD and has a fascination with translating dollar amounts into modern prices.
This book is certainly entertaining, though brief, but hardly stands as a worthy evaluation of Olive Thomas' career.
Maybe it isn't possible to delve any further into Olive's story, but I don't think that's true. This book is a good start, but it's not the definitive biography of the tragic Olive Thomas. Since her death was the main focus of this book, it should have been titled "The Death of a Silent Screen Beauty."
However, if you are interested in the history of early Hollywood, check this book out.
My interest in Olive was the result of watching a DVD set of some of her films several months back. While Olive clearly predates her later sisters in the liberated, carefree woman mode she certainly got in on that franchise during her short career which only last about five years and ended permanently one month shy of her 26th birthday.
This book provides only the flimsiest of details regarding Olive's youth growing up in Charleroi PA, a mining town near Pittsburgh. Frankly, lack of details about her early life wasn't all that surprising. Olive's been dead for nine plus decades and I doubt that there is anyone around who would have first hand information in this area. This book supplies the basics, but truthfully Olive's story doesn't heat up until she divorces her first husband and moves to NYC and is recommended to Flo Ziegfeld who eventually features her in a somewhat risque version of his Follies known as the Midnight Frolics. Signed to a contract to make movies for Selznick Films (not to be confused with David L. Selznick's movie company as this company was owned by Selznick's father, Lewis), Olive goes through several movie contracts never really staying too long at any studio. Despite an early affair with the married Ziegfeld, Olive meets and marries silent screen phenomena Mary Pickford' s younger only brother Jack. Their marriage is an odd union to put it mildly. The comments of those who knew them offer consistency in the consensus view that they were more like playmates, or more aptly, two little petulant children hanging around with one another.Read more ›
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Having paid $40 for this book I expected much more...their is very little on her childhood and it mostly covers her death.The photographs are excellent.. Read morePublished on March 10, 2013 by MICHAEL
Some reviewers use this writer's lack of material to account for the way the book is structured. But how can that be, when all she seems to do is quote long, contemporary articles... Read morePublished on December 24, 2012 by desertwiffie
A most amazing bio of silent film star Olive Thomas who is probably more well known today from her tragic death by drinking mercury (accidentally, on-purpose, or forced) than her... Read morePublished on April 7, 2012 by CJS
I found out about Olive Thomas accidently, became interested in her story, got some of her movies and bought the book because I wanted to know more about her. Ms. Read morePublished on April 7, 2011 by Douglas E. Gambichler
Michelle Vogel's biography of tragic actress Olive Thomas is very well researched. She found and excerpted dozens of movie magazine articles and interviews about Olive and bad-boy... Read morePublished on March 19, 2011 by Bruce Calvert
This worthwhile biography of the silent movie star Olive Thomas contains many scarce photographs and interesting information on her short and often sad life. Read morePublished on August 15, 2009 by Hagar the Horrible
This is a beautiful book, with tons of photos. It went along nicely with the DVD about Olive.Published on May 4, 2009 by Sally Quick
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