This chapter continues tracing the ascension of Barbara’s career as she proves the extent of her versatility as an actress. Director Louis J. Gasnier, disregarding Barbara’s vamp typecasting, casts her in “human” roles inThe Hero (1923) andPoor Men’s Wives (1923); her success in these films confirms his instincts. Sawyer arranges additional contracts for Barbara, beginning with a supporting role inSouls for Sale (1923) and a cameo appearance inMary of the Movies (1923). Plot synopses, production information, and details relating to critical reception are presented for all films discussed. This chapter also sets the stage for a developing scheme that will, if successful, enable Barbara to live openly with her son, Sonny, as an unwed mother without scandal decimating her career. The chapter closes with Barbara befriending actress ZaSu Pitts, a woman who will play a significant role in Sonny’s life.
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