By Sherri Snyder
Barbara los angeles Marr's (1896--1926) publicist as soon as confessed: "There used to be no cause to lie approximately Barbara l. a. Marr. every little thing she stated, every thing she did was once coloured with news-value." while l. a. Marr used to be 16, her older half-sister and a male spouse reportedly abducted her, inflicting a sensation within the media. 365 days later, her habit in la nightclubs triggered legislations enforcement to claim her "too appealing" to be on her personal within the urban, and she or he used to be ordered to go away. whilst los angeles Marr 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 girl referred to as the "girl who used to be too beautiful," Sherri Snyder offers an entire portrait of 1 of the silent era's so much notorious monitor sirens. In 5 brief years, los angeles Marr seemed in twenty-six motion pictures, together with The Prisoner of Zenda (1922), Trifling Women (1922), The everlasting City (1923), The taking pictures of Dan McGrew (1924), and Thy identify Is Woman (1924). but through 1925 -- discovering herself beset by means of various scandals, a number of failed marriages, a hidden being pregnant, and private prejudice in line with her onscreen character -- she fell out of public prefer. while she used to be clinically determined with a deadly lung , she persisted 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 short as Barbara los angeles Marr, and her outstanding lifestyles tale is considered one of tempestuous passions in addition to perseverance within the face of adversity. Drawing on never-before-released diary entries, correspondence, and artistic works, Snyder's biography deals a priceless point of view on her contributions to silent-era Hollywood and the cinematic arts.
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