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John Gilbert: The Last of the Silent Film Stars

Eve Golden

Abstract

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 ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780813141626
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813141626.001.0001

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Eve Golden, author

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