"It is worse than folly for persons to imagine that this business is an easy road to money, to contentment, or to that strange quality called happiness." - Bebe Daniels
"A girl should realize that a career on the screen demands everything, promising nothing." - Helen Ferguson
In Dangerous Curves Atop Hollywood Heels, author Michael G. Ankerich examines the lives, careers, and disappointments of 15 silent film actresses, who, despite the odds against them and warnings to stay in their hometowns, came to Hollywood to make names for themselves in the movies.
On the screen, these young hopefuls became Agnes Ayres, Olive Borden, Grace Darmond, Elinor Fair, Juanita Hansen, Wanda Hawley, Natalie Joyce, Barbara La Marr, Martha Mansfield, Mae Murray, Mary Nolan, Marie Prevost, Lucille Ricksen, Eve Southern, and Alberta Vaughn.
Dangerous Curves follows the precarious routes these young ladies took in their quest for fame and uncovers how some of the top actresses of the silent screen were used, abused, and discarded. Many, unable to let go of the spotlight after it had singed their very souls, came to a stop on that dead-end street, referred to by actress Anna Q. Nilsson as, Hollywood's Heartbreak Lane.
Pieced together using contemporary interviews the actresses gave, conversations with friends, relatives, and co-workers, and exhaustive research through scrapbooks, archives, and public records, Dangerous Curves offers an honest, yet compassionate, look at some of the brightest luminaries of the silent screen. The book is illustrated with over 150 photographs.
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great source for those interested in the woemn working in early Hollywood films.
Thlis book is wondserful. Michael Ankerich knows how to put a story (true story) together. I just could not put this book down. I admit that I didn't know some of the ladies listed, but all of them were famous and a big part of Hollywood hisory. Some of these stories are heartbreaking. Some grew up dirt poor, some were uneducated, and some went to hell in a handbsasket because their fame ended or they could not handle the fame. The book is so veryi reasonably priced and packed full of well writtne mini-bios. I have all of Michael Ankerich's books and he is very good at what he does. He is working on a bio of Mae Murrary and I am anxiously awaiting the publication of that book.