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Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel (Screen Classics)

by Christina Rice

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This biography of actress Ann Dvorak is well done. Dvorak is probably best known for her pre-code roles in 1932’s Scarface and Three on a Match. Somehow, despite her great work in these films, she never made it to stardom as did her mentor Joan Crawford or fellow Warner’s employee Bette Davis. Part of this is due to Dvorak walking out on her contract when she married, taking an extended honeymoon, and bad mouthing Warner’s in the press. The author does a great job of research since Dvorak was not that forthcoming with the press nor did she have any children or other relatives to talk with. The book contains a wealth of great photographs that show Dvorak’s beauty. There is an extensive footnote section, bibliography, and filmography. For anyone wanting to know more about this little remembered star, this is the book for you. ( )
  knahs | Jan 14, 2014 |
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Possessing a unique beauty and refined acting skills, Ann Dvorak (1911-1979) found success in Hollywood at a time when many actors were still struggling to adapt to the era of talkies. Seemingly destined for A-list fame, critics touted her as "Hollywood's New Cinderella" after film mogul Howard Hughes cast her as Cesca in the gangster film Scarface (1932). Dvorak's journey to superstardom was derailed when she walked out on her contractual obligations to Warner Bros. for an extended honeymoon. Later, she initiated a legal dispute over her contract, an action that was unprecedented at a time when studios exercised complete control over actors' careers.

As the first full-length biography of an often-overlooked actress, Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel explores the life and career of one of the first individuals who dared to challenge the studio system that ruled Tinseltown. The actress reached her pinnacle during the early 1930s, when the film industry was relatively uncensored and free to produce movies with more daring storylines. She played several female leads in films including The Strange Love of Molly Louvain (1932), and Three on a Match (1932), and Heat Lightning (1934), but after her walk-out, Warner Bros retaliated by casting her in less significant roles.

Following the casting conflicts and illness, Dvorak filed a lawsuit against the Warner Bros. studio, setting a precedent for other stars who eventually rebelled against the established Hollywood system. In this insightful memoir, Christina Rice explores the spirited rebellion of a talented actress whose promising career fell victim to the studio empire.

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