The Life and Death of a Silent Film Beauty
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About the Book
Olive Thomas was one of Hollywood’s first true movie stars. Born in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, in 1894, she moved to New York at age sixteen and began to pursue an acting career. By 1915, she had landed a job as one of Ziegfeld’s famous “Follies” girls. Before long her beauty was discovered by Hollywood, where she quickly became one of the biggest names in motion pictures. Her marriage to film star Jack Pickford further enhanced her popularity. Olive’s death by poison on September 10, 1920, created a media circus.
This biography begins with Olive’s birth, follows her trip to stardom, and covers in detail the circumstances surrounding her mysterious death at age 25. Rare and beautiful photographs and a complete filmography are included.
About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 100 photos, filmography, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2007
Table of Contents
1. Rags to Riches 13
2. Follies and Frolics and Film… Oh My! 24
3. Jack and Ollie 35
4. Selznick Pictures 48
5. Paris 75
6. The Investigation 91
7. What Jack Told Mary… 115
8. A Broken Man and His Women 120
9. Memories of a Lost Love 128
10. Ghostly Encounters 132
Stage and Film Appearances 145
Book Reviews & Awards
“full of beautiful photography and rare candids…this is the perfect tribute to a woman that many have long forgotten”—The Midnight Palace.