Sunday, September 11, 2016

Bebe Daniels: Hollywood's Good Little Bad Girl

One of the people I met at this year's Cinecon in Hollywood was Charles L Epting, the author of the just released Bebe Daniels: Hollywood's Good Little Bad Girl (McFarland). Charles was proudly carrying around the first copies of his new book.

When I returned home, my copy of Charles' book was waiting for me! I was pleased, as it looks promising and I have always wanted to read something substantial on Bebe Daniels. I am currently reading the new Pola Negri book by Sergio Delgado (also from McFarland), so the Bebe Daniels book will have to wait a bit. It's next up.

In the meantime, here is the publisher description for Bebe Daniels: Hollywood's Good Little Bad Girl: "Bebe Daniels had one of the most diverse and lengthy careers in show business. From her beginnings as a child on the vaudeville circuit to her resurgence as a radio and television star in postwar Britain, Daniels' story has not been told."

"Best remembered for her work in silent films, Daniels was a child actress in the earliest days of the West Coast film industry before becoming Harold Lloyd's first leading lady. Later she was one of Cecil B. DeMille's vamps before reaching the pinnacle of success with Paramount in the 1920s.
With the advent of talkies, she was able to reinvent herself, enjoying a resurgence in the 1930s until her eventual retirement to England. Daniels' life was filled with determination and steadfast principles but also high-profile romances and the glitz and glamour of early Hollywood."

About the Author: Charles L. Epting is the editor-in-chief of Silent Film Quarterly magazine. He has also written extensively about Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal and stamp collecting. He lives in Huntington Beach, California.

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