Stardust and Shadows: Canadians in Early Hollywood

Stardust and Shadows: Canadians in Early Hollywood

by Charles Foster
     
 

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"You’ll like Louis Mayer," Mary Pickford told Charles Foster in 1943. "He is from Canada, too." As Foster was soon to discover, Mayer was not alone: a great many of those who helped shape Hollywood into the movie capital of the world were Canadian.

Stardust and Shadows brings together the stories of 18 Canadians who were celebrities during

Overview

"You’ll like Louis Mayer," Mary Pickford told Charles Foster in 1943. "He is from Canada, too." As Foster was soon to discover, Mayer was not alone: a great many of those who helped shape Hollywood into the movie capital of the world were Canadian.

Stardust and Shadows brings together the stories of 18 Canadians who were celebrities during Hollywood’s formative years. Most of those profiled were known to Foster, and stories they told him about Hollywood’s early days, enhanced by many years of research and interviews with other living performers and directors from the silent movie era, reveal a never-before-seen look at what the movie industry was really like in those early days.

This is Canadian history that has never been told, and many of the startling stories and secrets of Hollywood’s past are revealed here for the first time.

Celebrities profiled:

May Irwin, Al and Charles Christie, Joe and Sam De Grasse, Marie Dressler, Allan Dwan, Florence La Badie, Florence Lawrence, Del Lord, Louis B. Mayer, Sidney Olcott, Jack Pickford, Mary Pickford, Marie Prevost, Mack Sennett, Douglas Shearer, Norma Shearer.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Foster has done a wonderful job of documenting the lives of some of the personalities of the silent era who may otherwise have just as easily disappeared into obscurity. This is a quality hardback, and the photos are excellently reproduced. Get it for your silent movie library."

The Chronicle-Herald - Bruce Erskine
"Stardust and Shadows is a fascinating read - with some surprising revelations - for anyone with an interest in the early days of Hollywood and an eye-opener for those unaware of the rold Canadians played in the film industry's infancy."
silentsaregolden.com
"Foster has done a wonderful job of documenting the lives of some of the personalities of the silent era who may otherwise have just as easily disappeared into obscurity. This is a quality hardback, and the photos are excellently reproduced. Get it for your silent movie library."
Arts Beat - James Strecker
"... Foster writes with an energetic clarity and a knack for character-revealing detail that bring these Canadian-born, often pivotal, figures to vivid life."
The Expositor - John McKay
"... worthy of a screenplay."
University of Toronto Bookstore Review - Annette Knott
"Its pleasantly gossipy yet nonetheless admiring tone makes it a lot of fun to read."
Kenneth Henderson

"A totally readable book ... This is a must book for every movie enthusiast who wants to know the truth about early Hollywood."

The Chronicle-Herald
"Stardust and Shadows is a fascinating read - with some surprising revelations - for anyone with an interest in the early days of Hollywood and an eye-opener for those unaware of the rold Canadians played in the film industry's infancy."
— Bruce Erskine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781459720787
Publisher:
Dundurn Press
Publication date:
09/01/2000
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
408
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Charles Foster lives in Riverview, New Brunswick. A pilot in World War II, he first visited Hollywood on leave and became lifelong friends with many of the Canadians he writes about in this exciting book. After the war he opened publicity offices in England and Hollywood, representing such personalities as Marilyn Monroe, Sir Laurence Olivier, Richard Burton, Boris Karloff, Errol Flynn, and Charlie Chaplin. He also wrote material for several TV shows and comedians like Jack Benny and Bob Hope.


During the Second World War, Charles Foster visited Hollywood on leave and established lifelong friendships with many of the Canadians he now writes about. Later, he wrote comedy material for many TV shows and for comedians like Bob Hope and Jack Benny. His first book, Stardust and Shadows, drew critical acclaim.

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