By Sherri Snyder
Barbara los angeles Marr's (1896--1926) publicist as soon as confessed: "There was once no cause to lie approximately Barbara los angeles Marr. every thing she stated, every thing she did used to be coloured with news-value." while l. a. Marr was once 16, her older half-sister and a male significant other reportedly abducted her, inflicting a sensation within the media. 12 months later, her habit in la nightclubs prompted legislations enforcement to claim her "too appealing" to be on her personal within the urban, and he or she used to be ordered to go away. whilst los angeles Marr lower back to Hollywood years later, her loveliness and uncooked expertise stuck the eye of manufacturers and catapulted her to motion picture stardom.
In the 1st full-length biography of the lady referred to as the "girl who used to be too beautiful," Sherri Snyder offers a whole portrait of 1 of the silent era's so much notorious display sirens. In 5 brief years, los angeles Marr seemed in twenty-six movies, together with The Prisoner of Zenda (1922), Trifling Women (1922), The everlasting City (1923), The capturing of Dan McGrew (1924), and Thy identify Is Woman (1924). but through 1925 -- discovering herself beset via various scandals, numerous failed marriages, a hidden being pregnant, and private prejudice in response to her onscreen personality -- she fell out of public desire. while she used to be clinically determined with a deadly lung situation, she persevered to paintings, undeterred, till she collapsed on set. She died on the age of twenty-nine.
Few stars have burned as brightly and as in brief as Barbara l. a. Marr, and her striking existence tale is certainly one of tempestuous passions in addition to perseverance within the face of adversity. Drawing on never-before-released diary entries, correspondence, and inventive works, Snyder's biography deals a beneficial viewpoint on her contributions to silent-era Hollywood and the cinematic arts.
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