Vamp

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Theda Bara became an overnight superstar with her film debut in the scandalous 1915 hit A Fool There Was, and for the rest of that decade stayed at the top of the heap, along with Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin. Despite her fame and notoriety as the movies' first "sex symbol," no biography of the original Vamp has ever been written, even though Bara threatened to pen her own "because nobody ever wrote a true word about me." Finally, someone has. Bara had one of the most bizarre and colorful careers of the ...
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Theda Bara became an overnight superstar with her film debut in the scandalous 1915 hit A Fool There Was, and for the rest of that decade stayed at the top of the heap, along with Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin. Despite her fame and notoriety as the movies' first "sex symbol," no biography of the original Vamp has ever been written, even though Bara threatened to pen her own "because nobody ever wrote a true word about me." Finally, someone has. Bara had one of the most bizarre and colorful careers of the silent era, starring in Cleopatra, Salome, and scores of other hit films before vanishing mysteriously from the screen. Now, read for the first time how a nice Jewish girl from the Midwest became "Satan's Handmaiden," scandalized a nation, and abruptly fell from the heights.
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Veteran biographer Golden (Platinum Girl: The Life and Legends of Jean Harlow, LJ 10/1/91) here chronicles the career of silent siren Theda Bara, the quintessential "vamp," who played Carmen, Salome, and Cleopatra, among other notorious female roles. Like many film biographies, it succumbs to familiar pitfalls: obligatory but cursory nods to film history and an uneven narrative, where the subject's "rise" inevitably is more compelling than her "fall." Laden with familiar apocrypha on Bara, Vamp isn't groundbreaking, but it is a much-needed full-length work that shows how Bara's precedent-setting career has contemporary resonance in mass-mediated images. With a critical eye for her primary sources, the fanzines, the author deconstructs Hollywood stardom without over-intellectualizing the star. Although Bara's films are dated, Golden gives due consideration to the icon Bara created-and to the life behind it. Recommended for general collections.-Jayne Kate Plymale-Jackson, Univ. of Georgia Libs., Athens
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781879511323
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 11/25/1997
  • Pages: 290
  • Sales rank: 1,200,872
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2000

    FASCINATING

    This book resurrects a now little remembered star of the early silents. I found this biography fascinating. Eve Golden seems to have made it her mission to remember and/or clarify women who were very important in their time but have been forgotten by history. I have enjoyed her books on Jean Harlow as well as the biography she wrote of Anna Held. She ably puts her subjects in the context of their time, rather than judging them by the standards of today. Read theses books and appreciate these women....they deserve it.

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