Florence Lawrence, the Biograph Girl: America's First Movie Star

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Florence Lawrence's film career began just as the cinema was being born. She recognized the wonder and appeal of the fledgling industry, and her early work with the Vitagraph company gained her a legion of fans and a reputation as a willing and hard working actress. In 1908 she appeared in Romeo and Juliet--America's very first screen Juliet. By 1909, she was working steadily for the Biograph studio--she was dubbed "the Biograph girl"--and was being praised for her "personal attractions" and "very fine dramatic ability." But just as Lawrence was the first movie star in the industry, she was also one of the first to be undone by it. Hindered by setbacks, grueling work schedules, self-imposed retirements, three marriages, repeatedly unsuccessful comeback attempts, Lawrence finally committed suicide in 1938. This impressively researched piece of film history represents the first full-length biography of Florence Lawrence, also called "The Girl of a Thousand Faces." Among the photographs are some never before published. A complete filmography of Lawrence's entire career is provided. A summary chapter includes comments from various critics and historians, addressing how Lawrence is important to film history.

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Journalist and film researcher Kelly R. Brown lives in Statesville, North Carolina.

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A lively and compelling story of an equally lively and compelling--but sidelined--celebrity...a splendidly seamless narrative...intelligent, charming and multifaceted volume...an extensive filmography...highly recommended. --Choice

McFarland & Company's film-related books are renowned for their thorough research, and author Kelly R. Brown is to be lauded for maintaining McFarland's standards...the definitive--as well as the only--comprehensive biography of Lawrence...uses every possible shred of information to shed light on Lawrence's mostly forgotten life and career. --Winston-Salem Journal

Brown provides a close look at an era in American filmmaking that most people never even consider, and a sympathetic, realistic account of an actress who was touched by the sprouting of the American cinematic dream-machine fantasy. --The Hamilton Spectator

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