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." whilst l. a. Marr used to be 16, her older half-sister and a male better half reportedly abducted her, inflicting a sensation within the media. 365 days later, her habit in la nightclubs triggered legislations enforcement to claim her "too attractive" to be on her personal within the urban, and he or she used to be ordered to depart. whilst l. a. 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 lady often called the "girl who was once too beautiful," Sherri Snyder offers an entire portrait of 1 of the silent era's such a lot 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 by means of 1925 -- discovering herself beset through quite a few scandals, a number of failed marriages, a hidden being pregnant, and private prejudice according to her onscreen character -- she fell out of public prefer. whilst she was once clinically determined with a deadly lung situation, she endured 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 los angeles Marr, and her outstanding 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 artistic works, Snyder's biography deals a beneficial viewpoint on her contributions to silent-era Hollywood and the cinematic arts.
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