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Barbara La MarrThe Girl Who Was Too Beautiful for Hollywood$
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Sherri Snyder

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813174259

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813174259.001.0001

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Barbara La Marr

Sherri Snyder

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter details the ancestry of Reatha Watson (a.k.a. Barbara La Marr), born July 28, 1896, in Yakima, Washington, to William Watson and Rose (Contner) Watson. Her father and mother’s life histories, as well as her father’s noteworthy career as a newspaperman, are presented, and her brother and half-siblings, paternal and maternal grandparents, and various extended family members are discussed. The stage for Reatha’s nomadic childhood, prompted by her father’s career and inborn restlessness, is set. Factors that will give rise to and condition certain of Reatha’s predominant personality traits are established. The chapter concludes with Reatha’s birth.

Keywords:   Barbara, Yakima/Washington, Reatha, Watson, William, newspaper, Rose, mother, father, family

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