A presence lurks in New York City’s New Amsterdam Theatre when the lights go down and the audience goes home. They say she’s the ghost of Olive Thomas, one of the loveliest girls who ever lit up the Ziegfeld Follies and the silent screen. From her longtime home at the theater, Ollie’s ghost tells her story from her early life in Pittsburgh to her tragic death at twenty-five. After winning a contest for “The Most Beautiful Girl in New York,” shopgirl Ollie modeled for the most famous artists in New York, and then went on to become the toast of Broadway. When Hollywood beckoned, Ollie signed first with Triangle Pictures, and then with Myron Selznick’s new production company, becoming most well known for her work as a “baby vamp,” the precursor to the flappers of the 1920s. After a stormy courtship, she married playboy Jack Pickforrd, Mary Pickford’s wastrel brother. Together they developed a reputation for drinking, club-going, wrecking cars, and fighting, along with giving each other expensive make-up gifts. Ollie's mysterious death in Paris’ Ritz Hotel in 1920 was one of Hollywood’s first scandals, ensuring that her legend lived on.
|Publisher:||Sepia Stories Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
A graduate of the University of North Texas, she put the writing on hold for a while when real life got in the way (i.e.-she met and married her Canadian husband and headed north for maple-flavored goodies and real beer). She highly recommends moving to another country and not being able to work for a year for finishing any novels you may have laying around.
Laini and her husband live in Edmonton, Alberta with their two cats.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I knew all about Olive Thomas before reading this book and absolutely LOVE this novel! The concept was so cute, even though Olive's tale isn't at times, but that's what makes it a page turner! I would never forget Olive nor should anyone after reading this book. I can't wait for more stories from Laini Giles.