Wallace Reid: The Life and Death of a Hollywood Idol (Google eBook)

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McFarland, Oct 25, 2013 - Performing Arts - 312 pages
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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."
  

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Wallace Reid (1891-1923) was one of Hollywood's early casualties. Originally pursuing a career of writing and directing in early films, he inevitably became a matinee idol with his pre-Valentino ... Read full review

Contents

Family and Youth
3
Finding the Movies
22
Dorothy and the Davenports
35
Santa Barbara and Marriage
47
The Birth of a Star
64
Laskys Diamond
78
Stardom
90
War and Work
102
The Industry Teeters and Wally Falls
192
The Curtain Falls on a Tragedy
210
Human Wreckage
226
Filmography
241
Wallace ReidDirector
257
Wallace ReidWriter
258
Wallace Reid Archival Footage
259
Chapter Notes
261

Wheres Wally?
118
Accident and Addiction
134
GoodTime Wally Faces the Abyss
152
Barely Hanging On
167

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About the author (2013)

E.J. Fleming has been researching Hollywood for decades and has penned biographies of Carole Landis and Wallace Reid, among his other books about Hollywood culture. He lives in the country in Connecticut.

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