Barbara’s intensifying inner turmoil, fueled by the demands of stardom, continues throughout this chapter. Forced to comply with a shifting conception of feminine perfection, she undertakes a severe diet regimen, significantly impacting her already-compromised health. She completes two more films—Heart of a Siren (1925) and TheWhite Monkey (1925)—under her starring contract, yielding to Arthur Sawyer’s ongoing exploitation of her sex symbol image despite her growing misgivings concerning his management of her career. Information relating to plot synopses, production, and critical reception is provided for both films. Barbara’s personal life, meanwhile, sustains a blow as her alcoholism worsens: her relationship with Ben Finney dissolves. Additionally plagued by ill health, worsening financial troubles, and the failure of her recent films, she suffers a nervous breakdown. Also included in this chapter are four poems authored by Barbara, each epitomizing both her desire to experience true love and her futile search for it.
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