Hollywood Beauty: Linda Darnell and the American Dream

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University of Oklahoma Press, 1 avr. 2001 - 256 pages

At fifteen, Linda Darnell left her Texas home and normal adolescence to live the Hollywood dream promoted by fan magazine and studio publicity offices. She appeared in dozens of films and won international acclaim for Blood and Sand (playing opposite Tyrone Power), Forever Amber, A Letter to Three Wives, and the original version of Unfaithfully Yours.

Driven by a stage mother to become rich and Famous, but unable to cope with the career she had longed for as a child, Darnell soon was caught in a downward spiral of drinking, failed marriages, and exploitive relationships. By her early twenties she was an alcoholic, hardened by a life in which beautiful women were chattel, and by the time of her death at age forty- one, she was struggling for recognition in the industry that once had called her its "glory girl.”

Hollywood Beauty begins in the Southwest during the Depression, when Pearl Darnell became obsessed by the glitter of the movie world that would dominate her children’s lives. We follow Linda’s path from her Texas childhood and first public success–during the state centennial, in 1936–through her contract work with Twentieth Century-Fox in the heyday of the big-studio system. Film historian Ronald L. Davis documents Darnell’s discovery and marriages, the adoption of her daughter, the marking of many well-known films, and her emotional difficulties, leading up to her tragic death by fire.

This is the story of a native teenager from a dysfunctional middle-class family thrust into the golden age of Hollywood. Hollywood Beauty examines America’s public worship of movie stars and superficial success–its motives and consequences–and the addiction to escapism that this worship represents.

 

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HOLLYWOOD BEAUTY: Linda Darnell and the American Dream

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Warm, richly researched life of dark-haired, limpid-eyed Linda Darnell, who made her first picture at 15 playing an adult and seemingly kept her face-in-the-twilight flawlessness fresh forever ... Consulter l'avis complet

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In 1965, Darnell died in a house fire at age 41. She was a leading lady of such notable Hollywood films as The Mark of Zorro, Hangover Square, My Darling Clementine, A Letter to Three Wives , and No ... Consulter l'avis complet

Table des matières

Pearl and Monetta
10
Hollywood
40
Marriage
65
Vixen
82
Celebrity
96
Back Street Affair
105
Alone
119
Out of Control
132
Prince Charming
148
Holding Together
167
Chronicle of Performances
187
Sources
201
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À propos de l'auteur (2001)

Ronald L. Davis is professor history at Southern Methodist University. He is the author of A History of Opera in the American West, Opera in Chicago, and A History of Music in American Life (three volumes). He has contributed numerous articles to Opera News, Opera and Opera Quarterly. In addition, he has written six books on Hollywood, including The Glamour Factory (1993).

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