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Free download ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ä Cari Beauchamp Frances Marion was Hollywood's highest paid screenwriter male or female for almost three decades She was the first woman to twice win an Academy Award for screenwriting From 1916 to 1946 she wrote over two hundred scripts covering every conceivable genre for stars such as Mary Pickford Gary Cooper Greta Garbo Marion Davies Rudolph Valentino Clark Gable Marion Davies Rudolph Valentino Clark Gable and Marie Dressler Irving Thalberg adored h. If you're passionate about the early movie industry this is the excellent book to read Before Hollywood was Hollywood it was orange groves and dirt roads and a fistful of pioneers many of whom were women Frances Marion Anita Loos Marion Davies Mary Pickford not the shy petite ingenue we see on the screen In the early days of the moving picture business Frances Marion was the highest paid screenwriter in the world Women were the directors the writers the producers the people who got the actors to show up and got the films to the screensCari Beauchamp is a spot on researcher and an accomplished storyteller Who could ask for I can I'd like a new book about women in film after WWII How did all of them get booted out of town

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Summary Õ Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood 102 å Frances Marion was Hollywood's highest paid screenwriter male or female for almost three decades She was the first woman to twice win an Academy Award for screenwriting From 1916 to 1946 she wrote ov R piano Though she married four times had two sons and a dozen lovers Frances's life story is mostly the story of her female friendships As talented successful and prolific as Frances Marion was these relationships were as legendary as her scripts Without Lying Down is an eminently readable and meticulously documented portrait of a previously hidden era that was arguably one of the most creative and supportive for women in American histor. This is an important book for movie lovers especially of older movies feminists and history buffs Frances Marion was at one time the highest paid movie screenwriter in the world Women entered the movie industry in many technical fields at a higher pace than today Why Because in the early years before it became a big business women were able to be cross trained in film jobs besides acting and continuity girls Marion was one of the fortunate; if she had been born twenty years later she probably would not have had the success she did as a movie writer By the 1940s women were slowly being weeded out even by today's standards film and television is still a male dominated field behind and in front of the camera Frances had a fascinating life and was a triple threat She was of the same generation as Eleanor Roosevelt Louise Bryant Anita Loos and Mary Pickford; all women who lived life outside the home in the public eye

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Without Lying Down Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early HollywoodEr and trusted her completely William Randolph Hearst named her for the head of west coast production for his Cosmopolitan studios and in 1928 Sam Goldwyn raised her salary to an unparalleled 3000 a week Her stories were directed by George Cukor John Ford Alan Dwan and King Vidor and she went on to direct and produce a dozen films on her own On top of all this she painted sculpted spoke several languages fluently and played concert calibe. My picks in biography tend to be a little on the doomed side Nijinsky Louise Brooks T E Lawrence so it's nice to read a biography of someone who wasn't a mess Colette is victorious but still a mess It's also rare to read a really charming biography so if you're looking for one here it isAnyway I've seen a good chunk of Frances Marion scripted films although I don't think any of them hold a special place in my heart but I didn't know much about her as an individual since she doesn't have the kind of cultural capital that the movie stars or even Hedda Hopper does Also stories about women doing well in Hollywood don't show up that often or get much publicity when they doFrances Marion herself is vivid witty talented self aware loyal clear eyed self confident So many affairs with younger men So many marriages It's interesting too that her strongest and most important relationships were her friendships with other womenBut there was something a little bit lacking in Without Lying Down It's kind of scattered and disorganized not everyone is as vivid as Marion and falls prey to that freuent biography problem of rushing the last twenty years together There's not much discussion of the films themselves understandable but disappointing all the same or of Marion's literary output You get the impression Beauchamp hasn't read the novels and short stories although Marion was clearly proud of them I think Frances Marion could have stood up to a denser biography even at the expense of the considerable charm of this oneStill it's really interesting and entertaining and would make a good Mother's Day gift