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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 sheds light upon Reatha’s preteen and early teenage years after her father takes a newspaper job in California and the Watsons move to Fresno. Reatha is forced to abandon stock theater, resumes her education in a convent school, and again feels called to be a nun. Simultaneously struck by a serious illness, she then turns to Christian Science, developing a yearning to become a Christian Science practitioner. Increasingly rebellious, she is expelled from the convent and discards her plans to become a Christian Science practitioner when newly developing motion pictures awaken a new aspiration within her. Reatha travels with her mother to Los Angeles for a chance at a film career. The chapter also includes a treatise on early film history as it pertains to the trajectory of Reatha’s life.

Keywords:   Reatha, Fresno, school, nun, Christian Science, film

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