Golden Images: 41 Essays on Silent Film Stars

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This work contains 41 engaging essays on players of the silent screen, from superstars like Rudolph Valentino and Clara Bow to fascinating figures like Clarine Seymour and Arthur Johnson. These stories range from the tragic (early deaths, drug problems, talkie-related career failures) to the triumphant (a surprising number of silent stars enjoyed long, happy lives). Many of these personalities have never before been covered in depth, and their careers highlight the entire silent era, from its beginnings in the ...
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Overview

This work contains 41 engaging essays on players of the silent screen, from superstars like Rudolph Valentino and Clara Bow to fascinating figures like Clarine Seymour and Arthur Johnson. These stories range from the tragic (early deaths, drug problems, talkie-related career failures) to the triumphant (a surprising number of silent stars enjoyed long, happy lives). Many of these personalities have never before been covered in depth, and their careers highlight the entire silent era, from its beginnings in the 1890s to its demise in the late 1920s. These essays, earlier versions of which were published in Classic Images, have been completely reedited and rewritten, reflecting information later made available to the author.

Author Biography: Eve Golden is a longtime contributor to Classic Images and Films of the Golden Age, and she writes and edits for Movieline and More. She has also written full-length biographies of actresses Jean Harlow, Theda Bara and Anna Held.

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Big Reel
Concise essays on the careers of the era's host of actors. ...dense with information...quotes her subjects liberally.
Booknews
This collection of silent-screen era profiles recounts the birth, career and death of such stars as Rudolph Valentino, Pola Negri, Dorothy Gish, Norma Talmadge, Alla Nazimova, Gladys Brockwell, Douglas MacLean, and Esther Ralston. Originally published in magazine, the essays have been rewritten. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786408344
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/1/2000
  • Edition description: ALT
  • Pages: 239
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Eve Golden is a longtime contributor to Classic Images and Films of the Golden Age, and she writes and edits for Movieline and More. She has also written full-length biographies of actresses Jean Harlow, Theda Bara and Anna Held.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2002

    Biographies of silent film giants and obscure actors

    This wonderful book contains 41 short (5-6 pages each) biographies of silent film actors and actresses. Some like Clara Bow, William Haines, and Rudolph Valentino have been covered more in-depth by other biographers. However, there is no other book that covers the life and careers of Marie Prevost, Milton Sills, Arthur Johnson, Clarine Seymour, Harrison Ford (not Indiana Jones), Pearl White, and Wallace Reid. Even famous personalities who just made a few film appearances like May Irwin and Ormer Locklear are covered. Many of these performers died before the silent era was even over, which is why they are virtually unknown today. These essays were originally written for CLASSIC IMAGES magazine, but have been updated for the book. Ms. Golden's bios are well researched and very easy to read. If you are interested in silent film performers, you will want this book!

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