John Gilbert

Eve Golden

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print March 2013 | ISBN: 9780813141626
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813142579 | DOI:
John Gilbert

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A biography of the man the 2011 Oscar-winning The Artist was based on, the dazzling comet of the silent screen, John Gilbert (1897-1936). MGM's hottest male sex symbol of the 1920s, her starred in such hits as The Big Parade, The Merry Widow and Flesh and the Devil, also engaging in a front-page romance with costar Greta Garbo (his other wives and sweethearts included Marlene Dietrich, Leatrice Joy Virginia Bruce and Lupe Velez). Gilbert's sudden drop from stardom with the arrival of talkies is still the stuff of Hollywood legend: did his voice doom him, or a feud with MGM's Louis B. Mayer, or Gilbert's own self-destructive personality? Crammed with photos, and previously unpublished material from Gilbert interviews, this is a window into Hollywood's Golden Era by an acclaimed veteran biographer.

Keywords: John Gilbert; Greta Garbo; MGM; Hollywood; Silent movies; The Artist; Marlene Dietrich; talkies; movies; sex symbol; Louis B. Mayer

Book.  384 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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