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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

At the chapter’s outset, readers are given insight into Barbara’s private life, including her relationships with film star John Gilbert and future MGM producer Paul Bern. The chapter then shifts to Barbara’s professional life; she completesArabian Love (1922) andDomestic Relations (1922). Information regarding plot synopses and critical reception is provided for these films. As Barbara is about to begin Rex Ingram’s Black Orchids (1922)—the biggest opportunity of her career to date—her deepest fear is realized: isolated stories of her shocking background as Reatha Watson have circulated through the film colony. With Hollywood facing worldwide scrutiny from three major scandals (the ramifications of which, along with the scandals, are outlined here), the sordid details of Barbara’s past are temporarily suppressed, and Ingram retains her services forBlack Orchids. Another potential scandal soon looms, however: Barbara is secretly pregnant with an illegitimate child.

Keywords:   Barbara, Gilbert, Paul, Arabian Love, Domestic Relations, Reatha

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