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Lina: Demille's Godless Girl (Signed By Lina) (First)

Lina Basquette; Mary Garland Jonas

Verlag: Denlingers Pub Ltd, Fairfax VA, 1990
Zustand: Very Good Hardcover
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Hardcover - First Edition - Signed by Lina Basquette - very clean, no marks, very clean inside, very clean dustjacket - from a private collection - 488pp - Lina Basquette (April 19, 1907 - September 30, 1994) was an American actress noted for her 75 year career in entertainment that began during the silent film era and her tumultuous personal life.In 1923, Basquette and her mother traveled to New York City where Basquette auditioned for John Murray Anderson. Anderson urged her to change the spelling of her surname from "Baskette" to "Basquette". Producer Charles Dillingham also changed the spelling of her first name from "Lena" to "Lina" stating, "Lena is a cook, Lina is an artiste." Before she could sign with Anderson, Florenz Ziegfeld cast her in his Ziegfeld Follies where she became a featured dancer. The Follies producers officially dubbed her "America's Prima Ballerina." She also gained noticed from Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova who wanted to mentor Basquette. Gladys Baskette decided that a career as a ballerina would not yield enough money and turned Pavolva's offer down. Basquette later said that, "I dreamed of being in a ballet company and it broke my heart." By 1925, she was appearing in two Ziegfeld productions simultaneously. It was in one of these productions, Louie the 14th, that she was spotted by film producer and co-founder of Warner Bros. studio Sam Warner. Warner instantly fell in love with her and proposed marriage. Basquette initially did not want to marry Warner as he was considerably older than her but her mother insisted that she accept Warner's proposal believing that Warner was wealthy (at the time, Warner Bros. was losing money). Basquette and Warner were married in July 1925. After the marriage, Basquette grew to love and respect Warner and the couple had a daughter, Lita, in 1926. Warner died suddenly on October 5, 1927, the day before the opening of the highly anticipated Warner Bros. film The Jazz Singer, which he had been working on tirelessly. Basquette was devastated by his death and would spend the ensuing years battling Warner's family over money and custody of the couple's daughter. She returned to work in 1928 appearing in four films. That same year, she was named one of thirteen WAMPAS Baby Stars. The following year, she appeared in The Younger Generation, directed by Frank Capra. In 1929, she starred in the partially sound film The Godless Girl, directed by Cecil B. DeMille, arguably the role for which she was best remembered. In the film, Basquette plays the title character Judith, who is based on Queen Silver, a child prodigy and socialist orator. Judith is the leader of a high school atheist society who forces members to renounce The Bible while placing a hand on the head of a live monkey. In the film's climactic scene, DeMille insisted on realism while filming the reformatory going up in flames. During the filming of the scene, Basquette's eyelashes and eyebrows were burned. The Godless Girl was not a box office success in the United States but did well in Austria and Germany. Basquette later recalled that she received a fan letter from Adolf Hitler (whose name she did not recognize) in which he said she was his favorite movie star. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 24409.231129

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Titel: Lina: Demille's Godless Girl (Signed By Lina...

Verlag: Denlingers Pub Ltd, Fairfax VA

Erscheinungsdatum: 1990

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand:Very Good

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good

Signiert: Autographed

Auflage: 1st Edition.


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