Monday, July 28, 2014
All continues to come along very well with my biography on Barbara La Marr, one of the silent screen's most complex, fascinating sirens. I have completed over thirty chapters and am currently in the process of adding to certain earlier chapters. One of my latest projects has been to comb through several years' worth of non-digitized daily newspapers on microfilm. Given that Barbara performed onstage as a child actress in numerous cities, and that her father wrote for multiple newspapers in many more, it has been quite an undertaking---but all very worth it whenever I strike gold.
I have also been approached regarding participating in special events once the book has been published. Representatives from the American Cinematheque/Grauman's Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, as well as the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles, have expressed interest in having me present lectures on Barbara. It is tentatively planned that the lectures will involve screenings of Barbara's films. I will definitely post updates as plans are solidified in the future.
On October 11, 2014, I will be presenting a one-woman performance piece that I wrote about Barbara's incredible life. The performance will take place at Barbara's crypt in Hollywood Forever's Cathedral Mausoleum, as the finale to the Art Deco Society's annual celebration of some of early Hollywood's most outstanding---and scandalous---figures. I will post ticket information when it becomes available.
Meanwhile, to learn more about Barbara, please visit the tribute site that I created for her: www.BarbaraLaMarr.net
Portraying silent screen vamp Barbara La Marr:
(Lower image: LA Times photo by James Staub.)