Wallace Reid: The Life and Death of a Hollywood Idol

Wallace Reid: The Life and Death of a Hollywood Idol

by E. J. Fleming
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786428155

ISBN-13: 9780786428151

Pub. Date: 02/08/2007

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

For a decade Wallace Reid was the most recognized face in Hollywood, the most universally beloved actor in silent film. Today all that is widely remembered of "Wally" Reid is that he died in a padded sanitarium cell, the victim of a fatal morphine addiction. Of all the actors who have enjoyed great fame only to vanish from the public eye, Reid perhaps fell the

Overview

For a decade Wallace Reid was the most recognized face in Hollywood, the most universally beloved actor in silent film. Today all that is widely remembered of "Wally" Reid is that he died in a padded sanitarium cell, the victim of a fatal morphine addiction. Of all the actors who have enjoyed great fame only to vanish from the public eye, Reid perhaps fell the fastest and the hardest.

This first full biography recounts Reid's complicated childhood, his disrupted family history and his rise to film stardom despite these restricting factors. It documents his myriad talents and accomplishments, most notably his gift for brilliant onscreen acting. The text explores in depth how the modern studio, however unconsciously, turned the popular star, a well-adjusted man with a loving family, into a drug-dependent mental patient within three years. His death rocked the foundations of Hollywood, and the huge new industry that he helped build nearly died with "Dashing Wally Reid."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786428151
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
02/08/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Preface     1
Family and Youth     3
Finding "the Movies"     22
Dorothy and the Davenports     35
Santa Barbara and Marriage     47
The Birth of a Star     64
Lasky's "Diamond"     78
Stardom     90
War and Work     102
Where's Wally?     118
Accident, and Addiction     134
"Good-Time Wally" Faces the Abyss     152
Barely Hanging On     167
The Industry Teeters, and Wally Falls     192
The Curtain Falls on a Tragedy     210
Human Wreckage     226
Filmography     241
Actor     241
Director     257
Writer     258
As Himself     258
Archival Footage     259
Chapter Notes     261
Selected Bibliography     281
Index     289

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