Saturday, January 30, 2016
I am thrilled to announce that my Barbara La Marr biography, The Girl Who Was Too Beautiful: The Extraordinary Life Story of Silent Screen Vamp Barbara La Marr, is officially finished! I have truly enjoyed every moment of this amazing, five-year journey and, while its conclusion is bittersweet, I am extremely excited to put Barbara's entire life story---complete with many new revelations---out into the world for the first time ever.
I greatly appreciate the various groups (the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, the Los Angeles Art Deco Society, and the Woman's Club of Hollywood) who have already voiced interest in hosting book signings along with lectures, a screening of one of Barbara's films, and a performance of my one-woman show that I wrote about Barbara's life.
I am likewise incredibly grateful for all of the messages I continue to receive from people around the world who are anxiously awaiting the book's publication. (I have even had a generous offer to translate the book to French.) It is wonderful that there are others who are equally passionate about Barbara, her unbelievable life, and her manifold accomplishments. Were Donald Gallery, her son and my friend, still around, it would bring him great happiness to know this.
When I completed the first draft of the book, Donald's wife, Patricia, was the first person I called. "Don would be so thrilled to hear this," she told me. "He would be crying right now. You made his dream come true." Working on Barbara's life story as both an actress and biographer has been, for me, nothing short of a dream come true.
My manuscript is currently in the hands of an interested publisher and, per their reguest, I am editing it to comply with their length specifications. More updates will follow as soon as I have them!
In the meantime, pull up a chair or a velvet cushion and get better acquainted with the lovely and talented Miss La Marr here on the tribute website I created for her: www.barbaralamarr.net.