➳ [Reading] ➶ Dark Star: The Untold Story of the Meteoric Rise and Fall of Legendary Silent Screen Star John Gilbert By Leatrice Gilbert Fountain ➩ – Saudionline.co.uk

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10 thoughts on “Dark Star: The Untold Story of the Meteoric Rise and Fall of Legendary Silent Screen Star John Gilbert

  1. says:

    If any silent actor needed a book to exonerate his conventional wisdom legacy, it was John Gilbert His daughter with silent actress wife Leatrice Joy does a remarkably even handed job in recounting the life of her father.The gangly boy of an indifferent mother went on to become a heartthrob to millions of women worldwide, pulling a salary of 10,000 a week at one point 125K in today s dollars and getting engaged to the erotic creature Greta Garbo How could life go wrong Well, getting jilted at the altar and ensuring his career downfall by punching his boss for insulting his intended bride is one way to ruin it.Fountain does an excellent job of documenting her father s career and his attempts to be than just a screen heartthrob in the Valentino mold The suave lover craze that Valentino spawned made Gilbert famous, but there was much to him than smoky looks and ardent declarations Check out The Big Parade or his talkie Downstairs the man could act rings around the competition, and LB Mayer should still be answering for his petty sabotage and revenge That Gilbert is still referred to as having a high pitched and squeaky voice just shows that people love to parrot the same old crap without, oh, WATCHING a talkie of the man s to hear for themselves.


  2. says:

    This is an excellent companion to the recent Eve Golden biograpy of John Gilbert Gilbert s daughter got many detailed interviews with his friends and co workers that make this book an invaluable resource and rounds out the portrait of Gilbert.


  3. says:

    A very tender look at an intriguing person and life A very touching tribute Presented with plenty of facts, sentiments and no nonsense, plenty of professional impartiality.


  4. says:

    After many months of not reading, I recived DARK STAR, a very thoughtful gift from a silent film cyber friend It was fabulous because this book in particular was at the very top of my to read wish list.I discovered John Gilbert some time last December when I joined a silent film forum and my entusiasm grew beyond any I ve known for an actor, not simply because of his extraordinary looks, but his talent and charm surpassed Valentino by miles I d seen FLESH AND THE DEVIL many years ago but didn t know anything about the great star left by the wayside when complications developed with the head of MGM and Americans, and the rest of the world, fixated on his co star Greta Garbo.LGFountain s book touched me deeply because, like my great grandmother Gladys Earlcott, Jack s mother performed in the theater Gilbert s mother, like my great grandmother, performed with Marjorie Rambeau and her difficulties with a theatrical life bought to mind similar pain and embarassment I ve sensed in my own family at having a relative working in the theater Specifically someone in the theater with an unwanted child Though my sister was not, I was surprised to learn that, like my great grandmother, Marlena Deitrich was a good friend of Ouida Rathbone s The Rathbones were very good to Gladys, her daughter, dad, his brother and two sisters I can t prove it but chances are very good she knew Gilbert and perhaps enjoyed a dinner party or two with him Basil was sort of the top Brit in Hollywood at the time and Gilbert s fascination for England was likely enhanced by him The book provided a new hatred for Louis Mayer and a suspition of Irving Thalberg that I d not imagined before At one point I read in the middle of the night with a flash light to not wake anyone in the room It was just as enjoyable as I d expected and I d read it again, just for the story telling I could continue to blubber on about Jack Gilbert but just think everyone should check him out and keep his memory alive DARK STAR s index and filmography make it a fine reference book, too.


  5. says:

    Please see my review at .com


  6. says:

    Fascinating glimpse into the early years of Hollywood An interesting but tragic journey that Gilbert s daughter has taken in unearthing her father s life and death with the aid of writer John Maxim.


  7. says:

    A dense, detailed, and interesting biography of the film star John Gilbert written by his daughter, Leatrice Gilbert Fountain If the early days of Hollywood magic interest you then this is the book you ve been searching for intrigue, romance, personalities, and history Wonderful insights on the man and the industry I highly recommend.


  8. says:

    Excellent biography by John Gilberts daughter


  9. says:

    One of the less known silent screen idols today, but one of the most fascinating and tragic


  10. says:

    A heart breaking biography of a major Hollywood leading man who died tragically young written by his daughter.


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