Evelyn Brent: The Life and Films of Hollywood's Lady Crook by Lynn Kear

By Lynn Kear

Evelyn Brent's lifestyles and occupation have been going really good in 1928. She used to be fortunately residing with author Dorothy Herzog following her divorce from manufacturer Bernard Fineman, and the tiny brunette had wowed lovers and critics within the silent motion pictures The Underworld and The final Command. She'd additionally been a sensation in Paramount's first discussion movie, Interference. yet by way of the tip of that 12 months Brent was once headed for a fast, downward spiral finishing in financial ruin and coffee paintings as an additional. What occurred is a sophisticated tale laced with undesirable success, bad judgements, and treachery unique within the first and purely full-length biography.

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Her first American film in years was Loving Lies. 26 PART ONE. BIOGRAPHY The film’s production was not without its own drama. C. S. Van Dyke, simulated a storm at sea. The lightning machine produced enormous flashes which fire department boats interpreted as desperate calls for assistance. S. ”26 Even worse, Brent came close to suffering a serious injury during production. “In the development of the climax of the story Miss Brent is aboard a ship which is being battered by a storm as it sways helplessly on the rocks.

33 Although being groomed for stardom by Fineman, Brent did not want to be a star. She often went on record that she preferred character roles. In a 1923 interview she talked frankly about her looks and fancied herself a non-conformist. “I have no delusions about my appearance. I couldn’t be, if I wanted to be, a pretty-pretty ingénue lead. I want to exploit character roles. So many directors seem intent on making girls conform to a certain type, discarding all their native characteristics. Because curls were once the token of a movie ingénue, all must now friz their hair.

In Smooth as Satin ... she plays the part of a pert and pretty French maid.... O. According to Fineman, “We are making pictures which are of the simply, homely sort, and we find that the American public likes them. No great amount of money, as compared to some productions, goes into them. All of Miss Brent’s pictures have been successes. There hasn’t been a slump. ”81 Brent concurred with the sentiments of her husband. “It isn’t necessary to spend a pot of money to make an interesting picture play.

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