A GIRL LIKE I by Anita Loos


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The script reads like a scenario, a bit glossy, with rhinestones nonchalantly mixed in with anecdotal gems. But it's fine scenario and why not? Springing from a line of eccentrics at best, rascals at worst, Miss Loos left a life of ""adventurous poverty"" to enter the adventurous Hollywood in its heyday. No, no starlet she, but a full fledged fifteen year old authoress, creator of stirring silent film plots, a venerable Alice in Wonderland who never attained the height of 5' but who gained status as the first subtitle stylist (cribbing from Voltaire for D.W. Griffith's Intolerance).. She was an impish insider and recounts the goings on at places like the Hollywood Hotel with gusto. Assigned to write Douglas Fairbank's scripts, she wrote around the fact that the man who had everything had ""one serious defect. Douglas couldn't act."" Hollywood historians will relish the details of the Pickfair affair. Her sole ambition, ""never to be bored,"" landed her for a time in New York where she was pursued by Vachel Lindsay who bore an unfortunate resemblance to Mortimer Snerd and found the love of her life in H.L. Mencken. She joined the Algonquin Roundtable, and married John Emerson whose supreme egotism and compulsive philandering was never boring, a bit trying perhaps. But soon she was tripping around Europe with the Gertrude Stein set, while still dashing off pot boiler script sensations. But it was to spite ""Menck"" that she created the character that was to make her famous.... Lorelei Lee, the blonde that gentlemen preferred. The pages are crowded with the names and notions of a jazzy era. Those who like to turn to the pages of yesterday's Hall of Famous will love it.

Publisher: Viking