When Night Time Comes

This tattered page from a mid-1920s movie magazine has inspired me for decades. It is one of my treasures. When I was writing Dangerous Curves atop Hollywood Heels, the stories of 14 young women who became actresses in silent films and suffered in their personal and professional lives along the way, I kept this poem and photograph close to be desk–and heart

When I journey out to modern-day Hollywood, this image goes with me. When I walk or drive down Hollywood Boulevard, I try really hard to imagine the little town that existed in the 1920s, that “silent, resting town” that has “wept, and laughed, and worked, and known desire.” I imagine those earth-bound stars whose faiths were lost and whose plans went awry.

Of the ones I wrote about in Dangerous Curves, I believe it is the tragic lives of Barbara La Marr, Marie Prevost, Olive Borden, and Lucille Ricksen that touched me most. When that project was over, I had trouble letting go of  Lucille Ricksen, who joined the heavenly stars in1925. In future postings, I want to share with you items from the scrapbook Lucille and her mother compiled. This enthusiastic teenager, who was thrust into leading lady roles much too early, crammed too much living into her young life. I wish Lady Moon had kept closer watch over little Lucille.

Lucille signed this photograph for "Daddy".


5 responses to “When Night Time Comes”

  1. WAW, I have read it all and ENJOYED it so much , U made me forget all about time & that I spend the hall night reading it…Well don ,Keep up the great writing…U really a genius…Thanks for all the joy u gave me… Wishing U all the best of success .

  2. Interesting show that featured Amy in reguards to her past life as Lucille Ricksen. At Amy’s sensitive age I think she certainly is a very brave young lady. Judgement from peers can be unbearably harsh, and then there is a community to possibly take on as well. I admire Amy for the ability to bring her past life story to us, for Amy I hope she finds happiness and aspires to meet all of her dreams.

  3. Michael I wondered why you choose to take interest in a movie star from many generations back, basically unknown, and a silent screen star at that! Glad you did, I love learning about the past whether it be about people, places, artifacts and so on. I plan to look into your books, I am looking so forward to reading them. Had to of been such a twist of events to write about a young silent screen movie star and the sad ending of her life…amazing for you to find her story never really ended.

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