In addition to authoring a biography of silent screen vamp Barbara La Marr (entitled Barbara La Marr: The Girl Who Was Too Beautiful for Hollywood, and available on Amazon and the University Press of Kentucky's website) and hosting a tribute website (www.barbaralamarr.net), I perform a one woman show that I wrote about her incredible life. One of the first major stars of early Hollywood, Barbara was a remarkable dancer, highly talented screenwriter, and accomplished actress. She lived passionately and with abandon before dying at the age of twenty-nine in 1926.
(See Performance Dates below.)
A few of the many highlights of Barbara's life include:
* Dancing underage in cabarets.
* Being sent out of Los Angeles at the age of 17 and back to her parents because juvenile authorities deemed her "too beautiful" to be alone and on the loose in a big city.
* Writing six screenplays for Fox Studios.
* Acting roles in over thirty films, including "The Three Musketeers" with Douglas Fairbanks and
"The Prisoner of Zenda" with Ramon Novarro.
* Five husbands by the time she was twenty-seven.
* Giving birth to a son out of wedlock and staging his "adoption" in order to prevent losing her career to scandal.
* A tragic, untimely death at the age of twenty-nine, largely attributed to her brutallly-paced career, extreme dieting methods, and desire to "burn the candle at both ends."
I originally wrote and performed this role for the Pasadena Playhouse and Pasadena Museum of History production, Channeling Hollywood (the production centered on the life stories of five famous figures [each actor wrote their own character's part]). I adapted my Channeling Hollywood performance into a one-woman show that I perform in various venues.
* Sunday, October 8, 2017, at the Homestead Museum's annual Ticket to the Twenties Festival - My performance takes place upon the museum's lawn stage and begins at 3 p.m. Following the performance, I will lecture about Barbara's commendable career and contribution to cinematic history. The entire festival is FREE to attend and features silent film, vintage jazz, dancing, performers, and more! For additional information, click here.
* Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Hollywood Forever - My performance is part of the Los Angeles Art Deco Society's annual Hollywood Forever tour. Also featured on the tour are the stories of others---told by historians and performers---who made Hollywood and history, including silent screen god Rudolph Valentino, action hero Douglas Fairbanks, actress and William Randolph Hearst mistress Marion Davies, filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille, slain director William Desmond Taylor, and over twenty other legendary luminaries. For tour times and ticket information, click here.
(Photo: [left] Barbara on the cover of Motion Picture Classic and [right] me as Barbara.)
COMMENTARY ON THE SHOW:
*" In regards to the Barbara La Marr show as performed by Sherri Snyder, I have had the privilege of seeing it on several different occasions. I was amazed and thrilled to see this very beautiful and talented young woman step back in time to recapture the tempestuous life of my mother during the silent days of Hollywood." ---Donald Michael Gallery (aka Marvin Carville La Marr)
*"I wanted to thank you again for your fabulous portrayal of Barbara LaMarr today at Hollywood Forever. You captivated the tour goers. The performance was truly riveting as you unveiled the drama behind the woman. Wow! It was fantastic." ---Frank Cooper, Art Deco Society of Los Angeles
*"It was a pleasure to work with you. You were perfect, enthusiastic, and really nailed her. And thank you so much for caring as much as you did." ---Richard Hilton, Director
*"Don said you have brought Barbara back to life for him. He really feels the essence of his mother in your words, movements, and smile." ---Patricia Gallery, wife of Donald Gallery (aka Marvin Carville La Marr)
*"Barbara's spirit absolutely comes through you! Her grace, presence, and humor are perfectly recreated and shared! I had chills through the laughter and tears."
*"She does for Barbara La Marr what Val Kilmer did for Jim Morrison."
My Los Angeles Times interview publicizing the "Channeling Hollywood" show: http://articles.latimes.com/2007/sep/30/local/me-then30