Category: Movie Magazines

  • Mae Murray: Through the Eyes of Artists

    Artists and illustrators over the years have tried to capture the essence and beauty of silent film actress Mae Murray.  In anticipation of the release of my new book, Mae Murray: The Girl with the Bee-Stung Lips, in the fall, I wanted to share with you some of the best examples of Mae Murray in […]

  • The Sad, Soulful Eyes of Barbara La Marr

    By Michael G. Ankerich Brian Labrie, a reader of this blog, made an interesting comment regarding my June post on Barbara La Marr. How ironic it is that Barbara was dubbed “The Girl Who Was Too Beautiful,” but there doesn’t seem to be a lot of candid photos of her out there in cyberworld. I […]

  • The Intrigue of Frances Teague

    By Michael G. Ankerich Did you see her?  Did you get a look at Frances Teague in the passing parade? You had to look fast, but she was there, one of the stunning beauties of the silent screen. I came across her portrait about a month ago while looking through a 1925 Photoplay magazine. I […]

  • My Visit with Barbara La Marr

    My visits with Barbara La Marr happen every time I venture out to Hollywood.  They are rather one-sided, you understand.  I visit her at her final resting spot, a crypt in the Great Mausoleum at the Hollywood Memorial Cemetery (Hollywood Forever). I have never been to Hollywood that I didn’t spend a little time with […]

  • The Sound of Silence is Reviewed

    I’m always appreciative to those who read my books and offer their feedback, especially when they review the book for a newspaper, magazine, or website. Here is a review by Laura Wagner for the May 2012 edition of Classic Images. And, just for the record, I’m pleased to read those reviews that are not so […]

  • Dove Tails — Lee, Billie, and the Rest of the Story

        Billie Dove’s disappointing experience with Blondie of the Follies (1932) was a factor in prompting her to leave films. The film centered on the Follies rivalry of two showgirls and friends, Blondie (Marion Davies) and Lottie (Billie). Before the last scene was filmed, William Randolph Hearst, Marion’s companion and financier, called a halt to […]

  • 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 […]