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.
Ms. Vogel also has an extremely detailed filmography, with multiple trade magazine reviews. These are very helpful for films that no longer exist. The book is also filled with excellent photos.
My only quibble with this book is that it spends a little too much time on the reported sightings of Olive's spirit at the New Amsterdam theater in New York. It certainly deserved a mention in the book though.
The defining moment in Ms. Thomas' life was her death, and the book rightly spends a third of its length in discussing all of the different stories and scenarios about what caused her early death. Her investigation of the tragic event of Olive Thomas death makes for gripping reading, and you won't want to put this book down until Ms. Vogel reveals the likely scenario of what actually happened. I would recommend this book to anybody who is interested in biographies of actresses, especially those from the silent film era.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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
Despite the hefty price tag (which I'll address later), I enjoyed this book and appreciated the fact that someone decided to take on Olive Thomas who until recently had been pretty... Read morePublished on May 13, 2012 by G.I Gurdjieff
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
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
Thank you Michelle Vogel for a concise primer of the life and death of the beautiful Olive Thomas, she was a true silent film beauty. Read morePublished on March 25, 2009 by Marilyn Slater
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