Silent Film Stars on the Stages of Seattle: A History of Performances by Hollywood Notables
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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Seattles Theatrical History
The Roadshow Engagements of Lionel
The Roadshow Engagements of Theda Bara
The Extended Engagements of John Bunny
The Vaudeville Engagements of Buster Keaton
The Promotional Appearances of William S Hart
The Sound Era Engagements of Roscoe Arbuckle
The Last Word
Stock Theatre Appearances of Clara Kimball Young
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