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Hidden Hollywood: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Politically Incorrect in Hollywood

In 1924 while shooting a film in New York, actress Patsy Ruth Miller (1904-1995) developed a close friendship with author F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda. Frequently, Fitzgerald and Patsy Ruth would go out for dinner while Zelda remained home pleading fatigue. Patsy Ruth eventually realized that Zelda’s fatigue was acute alcoholism. Observes Patsy Ruth: It didn’t seem […]

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Friday Photos: Mood Board

This morning, after Daf Yomi, my friend turned to me and said: “Some week, huh?” I said: “It seems that every week is some week.” “Yeah.” On that downer, let’s try and alter the mood with some photos and stories.

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Silent Star Esther Ralston: Why Do All My Husbands Want to Kill Me? Part I

They called her, the American Venus. She lived in a Hollywood mansion with a staff of servants. Her chauffeur drove a limited edition limousine. But she ended her days in a trailer park in Ventura, California.

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Movie Posters: Hollywood’s Golden Age

Have you looked at a movie poster recently and said to yourself: I really have to see that film. Doubtful. In the digital era movie posters are barely there, a minor and frequently mediocre—tedious star shots dominate—element in the white-noise media that is dominated by an ever-shifting social media. There was a time, however, when […]

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