Silent Film Stars on the Stages of Seattle: A History of Performances by Hollywood Notables

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McFarland, Mar 5, 2009 - Performing Arts - 309 pages
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Before they became household names, many would-be Hollywood stars began their careers as small-time actors in regional theatres and playhouses. Few of them earned much recognition based on their time in the footlights, but often the stage provided these Hollywood hopefuls with their first break in show business. Drawing on material from the J. Willis Sayre Collection, a nearly unbroken accumulation of theatrical programs from 1865 to 1955, this book chronicles the Seattle stage engagements of over 30 silent film personalities. Such Hollywood giants as Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, Cecil B. DeMille, D.W. Griffith, and Buster Keaton, to name just a few, can trace their early careers through the Emerald City.
  

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Contents

Seattles Theatrical History
15
The Roadshow Engagements of Lionel
30
The Roadshow Engagements of Theda Bara
64
The Extended Engagements of John Bunny
105
The Vaudeville Engagements of Buster Keaton
135
The Promotional Appearances of William S Hart
166
The Sound Era Engagements of Roscoe Arbuckle
199
The Last Word
241
Stock Theatre Appearances of Clara Kimball Young
257
Bibliography
283
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About the author (2009)

In addition to writing books about silent film, Eric L. Flom is a contributing editor to HistoryLink, an online encyclopedia of Washington state history, and has written film and theatre pieces for The Seattle Times, The Enterprise and Silent Era. A longtime resident of Seattle, Flom currently lives in Milton, Georgia.

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