If you haven't watched the 1980 series documentary "Hollywood," you are missing out on a fantastic look into early Hollywood history. There are 13 episodes in all. I recommend you start with the first one, "The Pioneers."
You'll see wonderful interviews with the stars and directors as well as many clips from the old films. IMDB calls it the "definitive documentary about the American silent film industry." Narrated by James Mason, it features current-to-the-time interviews with Gloria Swanson, Colleen Moore, Viola Dana, Lillian Gish, Leatrice Joy, Anita Loos, Blanche Sweet, Bessie Love, Allan Dwan, King Vidor and many more.
What are you waiting for? Go watch it!
Hollywood, Episode 1: The Pioneers (YouTube)
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I'll be honest; the past year has been challenging. My dad and my husband both had surgery, and I've had some health issues, too. None of this has led to much time for creativity or even research. The process for this book has been slooooow going. Every time I think to myself that I'm going to really dig in and get somewhere, something seems to come up. Life can be kind of a pain in the butt.
I have located a couple more silent actresses' graves. I've been looking for silent stars buried in Illinois or other states in the Midwest near me. And I found one! Jacqueline Logan is buried in Decatur, Illinois, in Greenwood Cemetery. Decatur is about three hours southeast from me, so it's going to take some planning if I want to get the photo myself, which I do. I certainly shouldn't complain, since most of the stars I'm seeking are buried in Los Angeles. Some are in New York. I haven't come across any yet who are in the Chicago area.
While in Florida a few weeks ago for a family vacation as well as some research, I discovered a silent star buried in Waldo, Florida. Unfortunately, our route did not take us near Waldo or Laurel Grove Cemetery, where she is buried. I'm 0 for 2 now!
While researching for my current book project, another thing I have found is that a number of silent film stars have rather plain lawn stones, and a number of others don't have gravestones at all. Some don't even seem to have graves.
I'm the author of a number of cemetery books and am now writing one about the graves of silent film stars, starting with the ladies. Who would you like to see included?
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