The First Female Stars: Women of the Silent Era (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 238 pages
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"The First Female Stars: Women of the Silent Era" rediscovers the fascinating lives and pioneering achievements of 15 women who dared to venture into early motion pictures, an industry dominated by men, and who not only succeeded but became the focal points of the industry. Each star earned a position at the height of her profession, and though many are largely forgotten today, made a lasting and significant contribution to early cinema. In this entertaining and informative volume, author David Menefee reveals these women and their signature roles, drawing on many original sources to show us how such actresses as Theda Bara, Sarah Bernhardt, Dorothy Gish, and Norma Talmadge were received in their time, and the many ways in which their influence remains important today.

Each profile contains a biographical treatment, an analysis of key films from her career, a discussion of the actress's influence on the medium, and selected filmography. Each also includes two photographs, most often one of the actress herself and a still from a film.

  

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Excellent, well-written book, fascinating subjects, and first-rate printing by HarperCollins. Read full review

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Contents

THEDA BARA
1
BEVERLY BAYNE
9
SARAH BERNHARDT
25
CAROL DEMPSTER
41
PAULINE FREDERICK
59
GENE GAUNTIER
71
JANET GAYNOR
83
DOROTHY GISH
95
ALLA NAZIMOVA
139
CONSTANCE TALMADGE
151
NORMA TALMADGE
165
LAURETTE TAYLOR
179
PEARL WHITE
193
PRODUCTION CREDITS CASTS AND SYNOPSIS OF FEATURED FILMS
203
BIBLIOGRAPHY
217
INDEX
223

MAE MARSH
113
MAE MURRAY
127

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About the author (2004)

DAVID W. MENEFEE is a contributing writer for The Dallas Times Herald and The Dallas Morning News. He is the author of Sarah Bernhardt: In the Theater, Film and Sound Recordings, the first-ever comprehensive study of the actress's recorded work.

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