Very Good+ in Very Good+ jacket. 8vo-over 7¾-9¾" tall. 1st Printing. About fine, tight, clean copy with no markings or bookplates. In a vg+ dust jacket with a few tiny edge tears. No jacket chips and not price-clipped. No remainder markings.
A great book and unbiased view of Leatrice's father, John Gilbert....The only gripe I have is I wish more photos were included..
Apr 7, 2007
Superb John Gilbert Biography
Ms. Fountain writes a touching and accurate account of her father, John Gilbert, one of the biggest stars of the 1920s.
The stoy of John Gilbert is also the story of early Hollywood. Gilbert hits Hollywood while still a teenager and his determination to succeed mirrors Hollywood's determination to become America's dream factory. Gilbert was totally in love with filmmaking and took any job he could in order to learn about movies, acting, cameras, writing, directing.... he loved it all.
The scrawny kid made friends and enemies as he slowly climbed the ladder of success to become a well known figure by the late teens. Along the way he met and loved many woman, married a few, and made some very dangerous enemies.... most notably Louis B. Mayer.
By the mid-20s John Gilbert landed a series of important films that rocketed him to the very top of the Hollywood heap and by the end of the silent era he was the single biggest star in the business. But his fall from grace was just a swift and he unfairly became the single biggest symbol of failure as Hollywood transitioned from silent films to talkies.
Gilbert's lasting legend is now based on malicious lies, studio hatchet jobs, the undying hatred of Mayer, and the idle and incorrect gossip that still claims John Gilbert had no voice for talkies and was a passe symbol of the old fashioned "great lover."
Anyone who has seen one of John Gilbert's talkies knows his voice was not his problem. Gilbert remained, through a series of rotten films picked out for him by Mayer, an amazing actor, a dashing figure to rival any, and a movie star of the highest calibre.
Gilbert was a boozer and a womanizer but he was also a brilliant actor who wanted nothing more than to act. His wives and lovers included Greta Garbo, Leatrice Joy, Ina Claire (my grandfather's cousin), Marlene Dietrich, and Laurette Taylor. But his passion was always MOVIES and ACTING.
Gilbert's daughter, Leatrice Joy Fountain, writes a wonderful and loving biography of the father she hardly knew. The book is meticulous in its research and compassionate in its examination of people caught up in love and movie making. Fountain also dares to expose Louis B. Mayer as the most vicious and vindictive man in the history of Hollywood and she also presents a surprisingly new and tarnished image for the sainted Irving Thalberg.
A great biography about one the Hollywood's greatest stars. This book is a must for any true film buff.
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