The girls in the picture : a novel

Title
The girls in the picture : a novel

Author
Benjamin, Melanie, 1962- author.

ISBN
9781101886809

Edition
1st ed.

Physical Description
xix, 422 pages ; 22 cm

Personal Subject
Pickford, Mary, 1892-1979-Fiction.
 
Marion, Frances, 1888-1973-Fiction.

Subject Term
Motion picture actors and actresses -- Fiction.
 
Women screenwriters -- Fiction.
 
Female friendship -- Fiction.

Geographic Term
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.

Genre
Biographical fiction.
 
Historical fiction.

Summary
It is 1914, and twenty-five-year-old Frances Marion has left her (second) husband and her Northern California home for the lure of Los Angeles, where she is determined to live independently as an artist. But the word on everyone's lips these days is "flickers"--the silent moving pictures enthralling theatergoers. Turn any corner in this burgeoning town and you'll find made-up actors running around, as a movie camera captures it all. In this fledgling industry, Frances finds her true calling: writing stories for this wondrous new medium. She also makes the acquaintance of actress Mary Pickford, whose signature golden curls and lively spirit have given her the title of America's Sweetheart. The two ambitious young women hit it off instantly, their kinship fomented by their mutual fever to create, to move audiences to a frenzy, to start a revolution. But their ambitions are challenged both by the men around them and the limitations imposed on their gender--and their astronomical success could come at a price. As Mary, the world's highest paid and most beloved actress, struggles to live her life under the spotlight, she also wonders if it is possible to find love, even with the dashing actor Douglas Fairbanks. Frances, too, longs to share her life with someone. As in any good Hollywood story, dramas will play out, personalities will clash, and even the deepest friendships might be shattered. With cameos from such notables as Charlie Chaplin, Louis B. Mayer, Rudolph Valentino, and Lillian Gish, The Girls in the Picture is, at its heart, a story of friendship and forgiveness.


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