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Silent Players
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" From his unique perspective of friendship with many of the actors and actresses about whom he writes, silent film historian Anthony Slide creates vivid portraits of the careers and often eccentric lives of 100 players from the American silent film industry. He profiles the era’s shining stars such as Lillian Gish and Blanche Sweet; leading men including William Bakewell and Robert Harron; gifted leading ladies such as Laura La Plante and Alice Terry; ingénues like Mary Astor and Mary Brian; and even Hollywood’s most famous extra, Bess Flowers. Although each original essay is accompanied by significant documentation and an extensive bibliography, Silent Players is not simply a reference book or encyclopedic recitation of facts culled from the pages of fan magazines and trade periodicals. It contains a series of insightful portraits of the characters who symbolize an original and pioneering era in motion history and explores their unique talents and extraordinary private lives. Slide offers a potentially revisionist view of many of the stars he profiles, repudiating the status of some and restoring to fame others who have slipped from view. He personally interviewed many of his subjects and knew several of them intimately, putting him in a distinctive position to tell their true stories.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. A Personal Odyssey
  2. pp. xv-xx
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  1. Mignon Anderson
  2. pp. 2-4
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  1. Mary Astor
  2. pp. 6-9
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  1. William Bakewell
  2. pp. 10-13
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  1. Lina Basquette
  2. pp. 14-17
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  1. Madge Bellamy
  2. pp. 18-20
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  1. Constance Binney
  2. pp. 22-24
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  1. Priscilla Bonner
  2. pp. 26-33
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  1. Hobart Bosworth
  2. pp. 34-37
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  1. Evelyn Brent
  2. pp. 38-40
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  1. Mary Brian
  2. pp. 42-49
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  1. Gladys Brockwell
  2. pp. 50-52
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  1. Kate Bruce
  2. pp. 54-56
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  1. John Bunny
  2. pp. 58-60
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  1. Ruth Clifford
  2. pp. 62-67
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  1. Elmer Clifton
  2. pp. 68-71
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  1. Miriam Cooper
  2. pp. 72-76
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  1. Pauline Curley
  2. pp. 78-81
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  1. Viola Dana
  2. pp. 82-86
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  1. Bese Daniels and Ben Lyon
  2. pp. 88-95
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  1. Philippe de Lacy
  2. pp. 96-99
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  1. Carol Dempster
  2. pp. 100-103
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  1. Dorothy Devore
  2. pp. 104-107
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  1. Richard Dix
  2. pp. 108-111
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  1. Billie Dove
  2. pp. 112-114
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  1. Claire DuBrey
  2. pp. 116-119
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  1. Virginia Brown Faire
  2. pp. 120-125
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  1. Bess Flowers
  2. pp. 126-129
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  1. Howard Gaye
  2. pp. 130-132
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  1. Lillian Gish
  2. pp. 134-139
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  1. Dagmar Godowsky
  2. pp. 140-143
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  1. Jetta Goudal
  2. pp. 144-151
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  1. Ethel Grandin
  2. pp. 152-156
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  1. Ralph Graves
  2. pp. 158-161
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  1. Gilda Gray
  2. pp. 162-164
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  1. Corinne Griffith
  2. pp. 166-170
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  1. Robert Harron
  2. pp. 172-176
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  1. William S. Hart
  2. pp. 178-182
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  1. Alice Howell
  2. pp. 184-186
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  1. Alice Joyce
  2. pp. 188-191
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  1. Madge Kennedy
  2. pp. 192-197
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  1. Doris Kenyon
  2. pp. 198-201
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  1. J . Warren Kerrigan
  2. pp. 202-206
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  1. Laura La Plante
  2. pp. 208-213
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  1. The Legends: Lon Chaney, Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo, Buster Heaton, and Rudolph Valentino
  2. pp. 214-219
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  1. Harold Lloyd
  2. pp. 220-223
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  1. Babe London
  2. pp. 224-226
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  1. Bessie Love
  2. pp. 228-230
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  1. Dorothy Mackaill
  2. pp. 232-234
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  1. Mary MacLaren
  2. pp. 236-239
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  1. Percy Marmont
  2. pp. 240-245
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  1. Mae Marsh
  2. pp. 246-249
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  1. James Morrison
  2. pp. 250-253
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  1. Jack Mulhall
  2. pp. 254-256
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  1. Mae Murray
  2. pp. 258-260
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  1. Conrad Nagel
  2. pp. 262-264
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  1. Nita Naldi
  2. pp. 266-269
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  1. Mabel Normand
  2. pp. 270-273
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  1. Jane Novak
  2. pp. 274-278
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  1. George O'Brien
  2. pp. 280-282
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  1. Gertrude Olmstead
  2. pp. 284-287
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  1. Seena Owen
  2. pp. 288-291
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  1. Jean Paige
  2. pp. 292-394
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  1. Kathryn Perry
  2. pp. 296-299
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  1. Olga Petrova
  2. pp. 300-304
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  1. Mary Philbin
  2. pp. 306-308
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  1. Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks
  2. pp. 310-314
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  1. Arline Pretty
  2. pp. 316-318
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  1. Esther Ralston
  2. pp. 320-323
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  1. Charles Ray
  2. pp. 324-327
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  1. Wallace Reid
  2. pp. 328-331
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  1. Billie Rhodes
  2. pp. 332-334
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  1. Charles "Buddy" Rogers
  2. pp. 336-339
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  1. Clarine Seymour
  2. pp. 340-342
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  1. Lowell Sherman
  2. pp. 344-347
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  1. Pauline Starke
  2. pp. 348-351
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  1. Gloria Swanson
  2. pp. 352-355
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  1. Blanche Sweet
  2. pp. 356-367
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  1. Constance Talmage
  2. pp. 368-371
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  1. Norma Talmage
  2. pp. 372-375
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  1. Alice Terry
  2. pp. 376-383
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  1. Florence Turner
  2. pp. 384-387
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  1. The Vamps: Theda Bara, Louise Glaum, Kitty Gordon, Olga Grey, Alice Hollister, and Valeska Suratt
  2. pp. 388-393
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  1. George Walsh
  2. pp. 394-398
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  1. Henry B. Walthall
  2. pp. 400-404
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  1. Kathlyn Williams
  2. pp. 406-408
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  1. Lois Wilson
  2. pp. 410-413
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  1. Margery Wilson
  2. pp. 414-419
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  1. Claire Windsor
  2. pp. 420-422
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  1. Fay Wray
  2. pp. 424-428
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 429-439
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