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John Gilbert: The Last of the Silent Film Stars (Screen Classics) (Hardcover) Book

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Silent movie stars were extremely popular during the early 20th century, and John Gilbert (1897 — 1936) was one of the most recognizable silent movie stars during that era. Fans of John Gilbert can now read about his amazing career, four tumultuous marriages, and his swift and unfortunate decline in John Gilbert: the Last of the Silent Film Stars. Gilbert was the inspiration for the character George Valentin in the 2011 film ''The Artist,'' and during his career, he starred opposite multiple Hollywood legends, including Norma Shearer, Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, and many more. Some of his films include ''The Merry Widow,'' ''Flesh and the Devil,'' ''The Big Parade,'' and ''Love.'' Get this generously illustrated John Gilbert biography from TCM shop today to get a behind-the-scenes look at this star's entertaining life.

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Charming and classically handsome, John Gilbert (1897--1936) was among the world's most recognizable actors during the silent era. He was a wild, swashbuckling figure on screen and off, and accounts of his life have focused on his high-profile romances with Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich, his legendary conflicts with Louis B. Mayer, his four tumultuous marriages, and his swift decline after the introduction of talkies. A dramatic and interesting personality, Gilbert served as one of the primary inspirations for the character of George Valentin in the Academy Award--winning movie The Artist (2011). Many myths have developed around the larger-than-life star in the eighty years since his untimely death, but this definitive biography sets the record straight. Eve Golden separates fact from fiction in John Gilbert: The Last of the Silent Film Stars, tracing the actor's life from his youth spent traveling with his mother in acting troupes to the peak of fame at MGM, where he starred opposite Mae Murray, Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, and other actresses in popular films such as The Merry Widow (1925), The Big Parade (1925), Flesh and the Devil (1926), and Love (1927). Golden debunks some of the most pernicious rumors about the actor, including the oft-repeated myth that he had a high-pitched, squeaky voice that ruined his career. Meticulous, comprehensive, and generously illustrated, this book provides a behind-the-scenes look at one of the silent era's greatest stars and the glamorous yet brutal world in which he lived.

  • Author: Eve Golden
  • Publisher: University Press Of Kentucky
  • ISBN: 9780813141626
Additional Details
Production Year
March 21, 2013
Technical Specs
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Number of Pages: 384 pages
  • Version: Biography & Autobiography


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