The pressures of fame are wearing on Barbara as she attempts to balance numerous career commitments with being a good wife and mother. This chapter is largely devoted to Barbara’s role in TheEternal City (1923), a film involving both her unprecedented trip to Italy and a leading role among a stellar cast. Details pertaining to the film’s production, plot, and critical reception are addressed, including the cast and crew’s entanglements with fascist leader and Italian prime minister Benito Mussolini. That Barbara’s European trip is also intended to be her honeymoon with Jack—and that it isn’t the romantic fairy tale film magazines purport it to be—also factors into the chapter’s content. The chapter closes with Barbara’s attainment of her fondest childhood aspiration, her official induction into stardom’s ranks: Arthur Sawyer presents her with a long-term contract for starring pictures to be produced by him and distributed by First National.
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