Tuesday, July 28, 2015
I am very pleased to report that I am currently in the middle of writing the final chapter of my biography, The Girl Who Was Too Beautiful: The Extraordinary Life Story of Silent Screen Vamp Barbara La Marr. The epilogue will follow and then I will begin the process of reviewing the manuscript as a whole. It is hard to believe that there are sections of this book that I have not read for a few years now, as it seems it was not so long ago that I began this incredible journey into Barbara's unbelievable life. My goal from the start has been to get to know her---and those who significantly impacted her life---on the deepest possible level. A purely intellectual understanding based solely upon what seeming facts appear to indicate was not enough for me. Rather, I have also sought to acquaint myself with the societal forces influencing the ways of thinking and behaviors of the times, to turn these people inside out and understand them. While there is still a bit of work to be done, this biography is nearing its finish!
I am honored that various organizations have already expressed interest in having me participate in book signings and present lectures once the book is published. This past week, the Woman's Club of Hollywood contacted me regarding a book signing and presentation of my one-woman performance piece that I wrote about Barbara's life (read more about this performance piece here http://www.sherrisnyder.net/my-barbara-la-marr-portrayal-and-book). (The WCOH, founded by women in 1905 and a club for both s exes, is both a philanthropic organization and cultural center for the arts. Past club members include, in addition to Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and Charlie Chaplin, many other stars of Hollywood's Golden Age. Current members are particularly passionate about keeping the spirit of Old Hollywood alive through their events and community outreach programs.) I will definitely post announcements here on the site when the book is published and as these signings and appearances are scheduled.
***Learn more about the incredible life of silent screen vamp Barbara La Marr on my tribute website: www.barbaralamarr.net