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Phipps' story will obviously interest cinema buffs, and Harned aids by including detailed information on her film, broadway, and radio work in an appendix. He includes 150 photographs, along with transcriptions of news reports, letters, and more. His work exemplifies a well-trained investigator into the past.
His paperback version is large format, and self-published, a wise choice. The visuals immerse the reader into the era, and his smooth prose furthers his aim. I was swept in with his account of Phipps' father, a magician-cum-politician. Following her film success, Sally married an heir to the Gimbel Brothers fortune. (I shopped at Gimbels in Philadelphia when young.) In her later years, Phipps was somewhat a gypsy, which explains her neglect of direct motherhood to her two children. Yet her son offers no regrets nor accusations, but honors her life of misfortune, her gumption, independence, and creative shifts.
There are some amazing shocks in the story as well, but I detest spoilers. Harned has offered a useful model for those who are self-publishing and have many images to include. He also addresses his subject realistically, so her story is not just of her early achievement. This book would appeal to any reader of biography and of cinema history.
Phipps son, Robert, remains in the wings until forced on stage. Then he returns to his place as narrator. He also does the impossible by avoiding the sentimental completely. I kind of groaned when I learned he was librarian. I feared the pedantic would obscure the people as living beings.. I was wrong. Robert is gifted with synopsis of character that brings home the total person. The story is so extraordinary, Robert does not have to embellish. What he does is gives details about the lives of those that were a part of Sally's life and then shapes the story of Sally herself. By the end we feel we know a whole era, the locations, and the style of life that Sally knew in so many ways, Clearly it is also a story of many of the young starlets who, like the rest of the country, were devastated by the great depression. There is a glorious interview in which she compares being rich and poor. I won't tell the story. I was moved by the reality that there was a time in Sally's life that she depended on being invited to parties, the only place that she could find food. The diametrically opposed realities are fantastic. Expected to be theatrical and vibrant, a woman among the rich and famous, Sally performed her social role to the hilt while eating heartily because she was starved. Please, read the book.
of a daring and resourceful woman who made her way in a challenging world
through difficult times and circumstances. This knowledgeable biography evokes
the social conditions that Sally Phipps confronted as an independent spirit in
an era when women had to strive to transcend conventional roles. Her son's
uncompromising account of her life embodies a filial devotion and an appreciation
of her struggle and achievements that brought them closer in her last years.
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