Back in the days when Shakespeare still meant something to a lot of people, I wanted to be a great dramatic actress. Before I knew it I was in Hollywood . . .
Thus begins Darcy O’Brien’s novel “Margaret in Hollywood” (1992), the story of Margaret Spencer, an early child star of vaudeville and a rising Shakespearean actress, and her reluctant journey to Hollywood in 1927.
Darcy O’Brien (1939–1998) was the son of Hollywood stars George O’Brien and Marguerite Churchill. His first novel, the splendid “A Way of Life Like Any Other” (reviewed here), was an autobiographical work that told of a Hollywood prince’s childhood that started out magical and then, as his parents’ careers crashed and burned, turned tragically marginal.