Hollywood’s Hard-Luck Ladies

23 Actresses Who Suffered Early Deaths, Accidents, Missteps, Illnesses and Tragedies


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About the Book

In the era of Hollywood now considered its Golden Age, there was no shortage of hard-luck stories—movie stars succumbed to mental illness, addiction, accidents, suicide, early death and more.
This book profiles 23 actresses who achieved a measure of success before fate dealt them losing hands—in full public view. Overviews of their lives and careers provide a wealth of previously unpublished information and set the record straight on long-standing inaccuracies.
Actresses covered include Lynne Baggett, Suzan Ball, Helen Burgess, Susan Cabot, Mary Castle, Mae Clarke, Dorothy Comingore, Patricia Dane, Dorothy Dell, Sidney Fox, Charlotte Henry, Rita Johnson, Mayo Methot, Marjie Millar, Mary Nolan, Susan Peters, Lyda Roberti, Peggy Shannon, Rosa Stradner, Judy Tyler, Karen Verne, Helen Walker and Constance Worth.

About the Author(s)

Writer Laura Wagner lives in New York. A regular contributor to various movie publications, she is the book reviewer for Classic Images.

Bibliographic Details

Laura Wagner
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 233
Bibliographic Info: 139 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7843-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3833-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction and Acknowledgments  1

Lynne Baggett  5

Suzan Ball  11

Helen Burgess  19

Susan Cabot  24

Mary Castle  37

Mae Clarke  47

Dorothy Comingore  59

Patricia Dane  68

Dorothy Dell  76

Sidney Fox  82

Charlotte Henry  90

Rita Johnson  98

Mayo Methot  107

Marjie Millar  119

Mary Nolan  125

Susan Peters  133

Lyda Roberti  145

Peggy Shannon  153

Rosa Stradner  159

Judy Tyler  168

Karen Verne  175

Helen Walker  183

Constance Worth  191

References  199

Index  213