Anita Loos Rediscovered: Film Treatments and Fiction

Overview

Anita Loos (1888-1981) was one of Hollywood's most respected and prolific screenwriters, as well as an acclaimed novelist and playwright. This unique collection of previously unpublished film treatments, short stories, and one-act plays spans fifty years of her creative writing and showcases the breadth and depth of her talent. Beginning in 1912 with the stories she submitted from her San Diego home (some made into films by D. W. Griffith), through her collaboration with Colette on the play Gigi, Anita Loos wrote...

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Overview

Anita Loos (1888-1981) was one of Hollywood's most respected and prolific screenwriters, as well as an acclaimed novelist and playwright. This unique collection of previously unpublished film treatments, short stories, and one-act plays spans fifty years of her creative writing and showcases the breadth and depth of her talent. Beginning in 1912 with the stories she submitted from her San Diego home (some made into films by D. W. Griffith), through her collaboration with Colette on the play Gigi, Anita Loos wrote almost every day for the screen, stage, books, or magazines. Film scripts include San Francisco, The Women, and Red-Headed Woman. The list of stars for whom she created unforgettable roles includes Mary Pickford, Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Audrey Hepburn, and Carol Channing.
This collection has been selected by Anita's niece and close friend, the best-selling author Mary Anita Loos, together with the acclaimed film historian Cari Beauchamp. Their essays are laced throughout the volume, introducing each section and giving previously untold insights and behind-the-scenes stories about Anita—her life, her friendships, and her times.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This is a unique, in-depth tribute to groundbreaking Hollywood screenwriter Loos. Edited and annotated by niece Mary Anita (A Pride of Lovers) and Beauchamp (Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood), this work collects Loos's previously unpublished stories, film treatments, and short plays-many of which were written with particular screen stars in mind (e.g., Douglas Fairbanks, Buster Keaton, and Jeannette MacDonald). A wealth of biographical information is thoughtfully interspersed among these writings: Beauchamp, for instance, chronicles Anita's personal life and professional rise, while Mary Anita shares touching reminiscences of her aunt; both writers offer candid details about Loos's family, famous friendships, troubled marriage, and work with such film notables as D.W. Griffith and Irving Thalberg, as well as stories of career highlights such as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. A complete chronology of works, black-and-white photographs, and memorial service eulogies nicely enhance this volume. The result is a richly informative and engaging look into the life and work of a versatile woman who played a pivotal role in the emerging film industry-and whose career and success endured for decades. The diverse material is organized and presented with intelligence and blends artfully into a cohesive whole. For circulating libraries and performing arts collections.-Carol J. Binkowski, Bloomfield, NJ Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422351598
  • Publisher: DIANE Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Pages: 310

Meet the Author

Cari Beauchamp is the author of Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood (California, 1998) and Hollywood on the Riviera: The Inside Story of the Cannes Film Festival (1992). Mary Anita Loos is the author of A Pride of Lovers (1981), The Barstow Legend (1978), Belinda (1976), and The Beggars Are Coming (1974).

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Carol Channing on Anita's style and commitment: "She worked long and hard at her writing. I still have a silver pen that has her chew marks on it. Everyone has heard of writers who chew on their pencils, but a silver pen? Only Anita!"

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction 1
Anita Loos and her Stories from San Diego, 1888-1915 9
The School of Acting 16
The Highbrow 18
Plagiarism 21
The Man Who Looked Up 23
By Way of France 27
Jane Wins Out 30
A Ride with Billy 32
Hollywood Success and International Fame, 1915-1930 39
The Heart That Has Truly Loved 51
Play for Mr. Fairbanks 66
All Men Are Equal 76
Where Does Annie Belong? 90
The Moving Pictures of Blinkville 105
My First Memories of Aunt Anita 112
Return to Hollywood, 1931-1944 123
Winkie Boy 141
Suggestion for Keaton Story 151
Evelina 154
Women in Uniform 160
Aunt Anita's Romances and Friendships 178
New York at Last, 1944-1981 201
It Pays to Advertise 210
One More Heroine 223
Mr. Sherard 231
Travels with Aunt Anita 248
Memorial Celebration of Anita Loos's Life, August 27, 1981 265
Notes 283
Works by Anita Loos 287
Acknowledgments 301
Index 303
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