Ramon Novarro: A Biography of the Silent Film Idol, 1899-1968; With a Filmography

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Ramon Novarro was Ben-Hur to many movie-goers long before Charles Heston. The 1926 film of Lew Wallace's epic novel made Novarro one of Hollywood's beloved silent film idols. His bright and varied career, spanning silents, talkies, the concert stage, theatre and television, came to a dark conclusion with his murder in 1968. Ellenberger's comprehensive presentation of Novarro's life chronicles his days in Mexico during the Huerta Revolution, as well as his reign as one of Hollywood's leading romantic actors, working with stars like Greta Garbo, Myrna Loy and Helen Hayes. The biography covers Novarro's descent into alcoholism and despair over his homosexuality and his waning career, finally culminating in a grisly murder that has caused Novarro to be remembered more as a victim than as a star. The text includes a complete filmography, and photographs from Novarro's life and work.

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Allan R. Ellenberger spent years researching Ramon Novarro's career. He has also written for Classic Images and Films of the Golden Age. He lives in Sherman Oaks, California.

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"Ellenberger tells the story well" -- Frontiers Newsmagazine

"Ramon Novarro is...[an] example of our 'Gente' who [has] survived and triumphed against adversity" -- La Prensa San Diego

"comprehensive" -- Edge

"comprehensive, frank, and long-overdue.... Ellenberger's fine biography should at last shift the focus from the gruesome details of Novarro's death to the remarkable life of Hollywood's first and only known gay Mexican movie star" -- The San Francisco Bay Guardian

"finally, and gratefully, Allan R. Ellenberger has written a well-researched biography.... A Silents Majority Must Read" -- Silents Majority On-Line Journal

"pieces together Novarro's last moments in blood-stopping detail...captivating read...Ellenberger provides an exhaustive filmography...and makes a case for Novarro as a fascinating, frightening casualty of intolerance, self-destruction and fleeting stardom" -- Bay Area Reporter

"this well-illustrated biography may last as the definitve one for some time to come" -- Booklist/RBB

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