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The Wampas Baby Stars: A Biographical Dictionary, 1922-1934
     

The Wampas Baby Stars: A Biographical Dictionary, 1922-1934

by Roy Liebman
 

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In 1922, an early association of film publicists known as the Western Associated Motion Picture Advertisers (Wampas) hit upon a strategy to call attention to their organization and their industry. The group selected 13 young actresses with potential star power and promoted them heavily as “Baby” (meaning junior) Stars. Nearly 150 actresses were chosen

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In 1922, an early association of film publicists known as the Western Associated Motion Picture Advertisers (Wampas) hit upon a strategy to call attention to their organization and their industry. The group selected 13 young actresses with potential star power and promoted them heavily as “Baby” (meaning junior) Stars. Nearly 150 actresses were chosen during the program’s existence, 1922–1934. To be selected a Wampas Baby Star soon became a much-sought honor in those days before the Academy Awards. While a few Baby Stars (Ginger Rogers, Joan Crawford) went on to superstardom and others enjoyed modest success, some failed to shine.
This book offers full biographical and career details on every actress selected as a Wampas Baby Star, with a list of the films in which she appeared.

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“revealing details...highly recommended”—ARBA; “exhaustive research...[a] delightful book”—The Silents Majority On-Line Journal; “offers full biographical details”—Classic Images; “giv[es] career details about every Wampas Baby Star”—Big Reel.
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From 1822 to 1934, almost 150 young actresses were honored as Wampas Baby Stars ("baby" meaning "junior") by the Western Associated Motion Picture Advertisers, an early association of film publicists. Each year, WAMPA would select at most thirteen young actresses to actively promote their organization. This book profiles each of the actresses through the years, some with photographs and all with a summary of their activities and a table of the films in which they appeared. Appendixes include additional information on the WAMPA organization, the actresses and the successors to the coveted Wampa Baby Star award. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
ARBA
revealing details...highly recommended
The Silents Majority On-Line Journal
exhaustive research...[a] delightful book
Classic Images
offers full biographical details

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786440610
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2009
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Roy Liebman, formerly a librarian and film bibliographer at California State University, works at the Los Angeles Public Library. He is the author of several reference books on the cinema, published by McFarland. A book reviewer for Library Journal and Magill Online Reviews, he lives in California.

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