The Theda Bara Sandwich

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  1. If you’re like me, it’s hard to get around to reading everything you’d like to, but I have to mention one more good one I read awhile back: “When the Movies Were Young” by Linda Arvidson (Mrs. D.W., at that time.) I found it a likable book, and interesting (though not nearly so much as the Brown book). There is a lot that Arvidson obviously leaves out, and the first few chapters were a little less interesting, but overall I think she does an wonderful job of conveying the excitement and discovery in those early days at Biograph. It’s out of print, but online if you want to check it out sometime. 🙂 https://archive.org/details/whenmovieswereyo00arvi

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    1. Thank you! I’m so glad to have you as a friend, Donnie! I will check that out. I read a book a while back by Vachel Lindsay, can’t think of what it’s called I think The Art of the Moving Picture something like that. Half the book was about theater (not as interesting lol) but a good portion was about film and really interesting.

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  2. I’d like to read “Why Not Try God?” too. I recently read Miriam Cooper’s auto-bio—a most interesting book, though Miriam doesn’t come across as an entirely likable person. But I’ll tell you the best silent film autobiography I’ve ever read—in fact, the most entertaining book on silent film, period I’ve ever read: “Adventures with D.W. Griffith” by Karl Brown. If you haven’t read that one, don’t miss it. It’s fascinating, and often hilarious.

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  3. I’m glad you liked this one. 🙂 Alas, I probably won’t try it, as pickles or mayonnaise aren’t my thing; but it sounds like an interesting taste combination. That photo of Theda is a great one—so quintessentially her—don’t think I’ve ever seen that one. By the way, have you read the Eve Golden biography of Theda? I read it about a year ago, and I thought it was very interesting and well-written.

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    1. No, I have not read that one. Thank you for suggesting it! I like looking for autobiographies, myself, although the only thing I’ve read that a silent star wrote was My Rendezvous with Life by Mary Pickford. I so want her other little book “Why Not Try God?” I love being able to look into her thoughts. It makes them feel so much more human, rather than ghostly images on the silent screen. It’s a big reason why I love the interviews. 🙂

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