Evelyn Brent: The Life and Films of Hollywood's Lady Crook [NOOK Book]

Overview

Evelyn Brent's life and career were going quite well in 1928. She was happily living with writer Dorothy Herzog following her divorce from producer Bernard Fineman, and the tiny brunette had wowed fans and critics in the silent films The Underworld and The Last Command. She'd also been a sensation in Paramount's first dialogue film, Interference. But by the end of that year Brent was headed for a quick, downward spiral ending in bankruptcy and occasional work as an extra. What happened is a complicated story ...
See more details below
Evelyn Brent: The Life and Films of Hollywood's Lady Crook

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$29.99
BN.com price

Overview

Evelyn Brent's life and career were going quite well in 1928. She was happily living with writer Dorothy Herzog following her divorce from producer Bernard Fineman, and the tiny brunette had wowed fans and critics in the silent films The Underworld and The Last Command. She'd also been a sensation in Paramount's first dialogue film, Interference. But by the end of that year Brent was headed for a quick, downward spiral ending in bankruptcy and occasional work as an extra. What happened is a complicated story laced with bad luck, poor decisions, and treachery detailed in this first and only full-length biography.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
It is a story all too familiar to those who study the history of early Hollywood—a bright film star, seemingly secure in her life and career, whose personal history takes a sudden, inexplicable turn for the worse into bankruptcy and bit parts. Kear (Kay Francis: A Passionate Life and Career), with freelance writer and lifelong film lover King, unravels the complicated and often dark story of silent-film star Evelyn Brent, best remembered for her films with famed director Josef von Sternberg (The Last Command; Underworld). What makes Brent's story, and Kear's biography, fascinating is that this narrative doesn't have the typical Hollywood fade-out. Brent's life did not end with an early death, and she was not broken by the loss of fortune and career. This strength of character, so evident in many of her films, served Brent well in her old age. VERDICT With meticulous research and a detailed filmography, this first full-length biography of Brent is recommended for anyone reading on the transition from silent to sound films, women in early film, or silent stars and the Hollywood studio system.—Teri Shiel, Westfield State Coll. Lib., MA
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786454686
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/31/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Lynn Kear is an award-winning biographer, playwright, and novelist. She lives in Stone Mountain, Georgia. James King lives in Dunmore, Pennsylvania.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Foreword Kevin Brownlow Brownlow, Kevin

Pt. 1 Biography

1 Playing Hookey 7

2 Europe 18

3 Hollywood 22

4 Stardom 39

5 A Surprise Marriage 54

6 Life with Harry Edwards 62

7 Financial Disaster 75

8 Vaudeville 89

9 Finished 98

10 A Cult Figure 112

Pt. 2 Filmography

The Films, 1914-1950 121

Appendix A Television Appearances 259

Appendix B Chronology 261

Chapter Notes 263

Filmography Notes 279

Bibliography 281

Index 285

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Posted September 6, 2009

    A revealing biography of a troubled but fascinating Hollywood film star of the silents and early talkies

    Veteran film star Evelyn Brent--she of the dark hair and sharp features--died in 1975, 25 years after she made her last feature film. She is best remembered for such silent movies as Underworld (1927), The Dragnet (1928), and The Last Command (1928). However she also made many sound features in the 1930s and 1940s, long after her popularity had waned and she had been reduced to frequently appearing in small roles in minor pictures from poverty row studios.

    This well-researched biography traces in great detail the on- and off-camera life of the enigmatic Brent, who often seemed her own worst enemy (e.g., career decisions, relationship choices). However, unlike many stars who fell from show business heights to "has-been" status, Brent adjusted to her diminished professional status. (Ironically, it was on her way up the ladder to show business success that she had several suicide attempts.)

    Another intriguing aspect in the roller coaster life of the talented Brent was her close friendship, over the years, to several women. This dimensional biography documents these relationships, as well as the detailed of her failed marriages.

    Especially useful are the extensive chapter notes and the comprehensive filmography notes.

    This book is well worth reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 20, 2011

    Fascinating exploration of the life of enigmatic Hollywood star

    Evelyn Brent by Lynn Kear is a fascinating read. Brent starred in many films, both silent and early talkies. Her time at the top however, was fleeting. She starred in two silent films directed by the legendary Josef Von Sternberg (The Last Command and Underworld) and starred in Paramount's first all-speaking film, Interference- but within a few short years, her career was in decline and she was faced with seemingly insurmountable financial difficulties. Brent's story is, as it were, the antithesis of those almost mythological stories of fame, of a star shining brightly to be extinguished in an instant- taken far too soon. Brent endured, but her's was a slow decline, exacerbated by unwise business decisions and associations and bad luck. Kear charts this journey, and it's not always pleasant, and sometimes frustrating- but it's always intriguing. The book is divided in two parts- a full biography as well as a film by film guide of Brent's career. An essential reference tool for anyone wanting to delve deeper and learn more about this sadly forgotten and under-rated actor.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)