Joan Crawford - 1930

Joan Crawford - 1930

Another entry from Stars of the Photoplay, published in 1930, a film star portrait photo encyclopedia of Hollywood at the close of the 1920s.

It's a fascinating peek at the moment the film industry was just about to explode in popularity and influence in it's upcoming most productive and creative years -- and to see who the big stars were, especially with our hindsight of knowing whose careers would soon diminish, and who would prove to be more durable.

This lady was durable.  We may hardly recognize this round-faced, silent screen flapper from her later more dramatic, even severe appearance. Joan Crawford was climbing to the top when this photo was taken (photo by Ruth Harriet Louise), but she had many more incarnations to go.


Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star. 
by Jacqueline T. Lynch

The first book on the career of actress Ann Blyth. Multitalented and remarkably versatile, Blyth began on radio as a child, appeared on Broadway at the age of twelve in Lillian Hellman's Watch on the Rhine, and enjoyed a long and diverse career in films, theatre, television, and concerts. A sensitive dramatic actress, the youngest at the time to be nominated for her role in Mildred Pierce (1945), she also displayed a gift for comedy, and was especially endeared to fans for her expressive and exquisite lyric soprano, which was showcased in many film and stage musicals. Still a popular guest at film festivals, lovely Ms. Blyth remains a treasure of the Hollywood's golden age.

The eBook and paperback are available from Amazon and CreateSpace, which is the printer.  You can also order it from my Etsy shop. It is also available at the Broadside Bookshop, 247 Main Street, Northampton, Massachusetts.

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