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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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(p.213) Twenty-One
Barbara La Marr

Sherri Snyder

University Press of Kentucky

As the chapter opens, Barbara’s career again takes central focus. Arthur Sawyer’s strategy for handling her career, his determination to capitalize upon her ability to embody vamps, and his procurement of several beneficial film contracts for her are detailed. Included among these contracts are roles in The Eternal Struggle (1923),Strangers of the Night (1923), The Brass Bottle (1923), and St. Elmo (1923); plot synopses and information pertaining to production and critical commentary are provided for each film. Additionally, a significant portion of the chapter centers on Barbara’s home life and Sonny. Featured in this section are Barbara’s formal introduction of her son to the public, further public reaction to Barbara as a mother, Barbara’s parenting practices, and her inner conflict with having to live a lie in order to avoid losing her career to scandal for raising Sonny as an unwed mother.

Keywords:   Barbara, Sawyer, Eternal Struggle, Strangers of the Night, Brass Bottle, St. Elmo, Sonny, home/house

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