John Gilbert: The Last of the Silent Film Stars

Title

John Gilbert: The Last of the Silent Film Stars

Authors

Eve Golden

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Description

A biography of the man the 2011 Oscar-winning The Artist was based on, the dazzling comet of the silent screen, John Gilbert (1897-1936). MGM's hottest male sex symbol of the 1920s, her starred in such hits as The Big Parade, The Merry Widow and Flesh and the Devil, also engaging in a front-page romance with costar Greta Garbo (his other wives and sweethearts included Marlene Dietrich, Leatrice Joy Virginia Bruce and Lupe Velez). Gilbert's sudden drop from stardom with the arrival of talkies is still the stuff of Hollywood legend: did his voice doom him, or a feud with MGM's Louis B. Mayer, or Gilbert's own self-destructive personality? Crammed with photos, and previously unpublished material from Gilbert interviews, this is a window into Hollywood's Golden Era by an acclaimed veteran biographer.

Publication Date

2013

Publisher

The University Press of Kentucky

Place of Publication

Lexington, KY

ISBN

978-0-8131-4162-6

eISBN

978-0-8131-4164-0 (pdf version)

eISBN

978-0-8131-4163-3 (epub version)

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813141626.001.0001

Keywords

John Gilbert, Greta Garbo, MGM, Hollywood, Silent movies, The Artist, Marlene Dietrich, talkies, movies, sex symbol, Louis B. Mayer

Disciplines

Film and Media Studies | Other Film and Media Studies

Notes

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