DOUG & MARY: A Biography of Douglas Fairbanks & Mary Pickford by Gary Carey
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DOUG & MARY: A Biography of Douglas Fairbanks & Mary Pickford

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A short book but a large pan of fingerlicking baba au rhum for Twenties-films enthusiasts. The story of the marriage of Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks is the story of the fantasy-life of a Jazz Age America nostalgic for pre-WW I values and innocence. ""Mary and Doug were the perfect storybook couple, Cinderella and Prince Charming magically transformed into two down-to-earth, all-American sweethearts. And they looked good together--dark, swarthy, and muscular, he pointed up her fragility; she wasn't tall enough to overshadow him as a statuesque woman might have done. . . . He was brash and breezy whenever she became too dignified or sugar-sweet; she was a soothing presence when he overplayed the athletics and manic energy."" They had the century's most famous wedding (1920), until Windsor wed Wallis, and MARY AND DOUG PART (1933) was a banner headline full of cast-iron gloom on the staid New York Times. Fairbanks, when overjoyed, might do a total backflip, landing on his feet. But Mary dominates the book and hers is the sadder decline (alcoholism is heavily hinted). Restrained, intelligent, sometimes witty (but maybe not kinky enough), by a former film curator for the Museum of Modern Art--the low-calorie alternative to Booton Herndon, below.

Pub Date: Oct. 24th, 1977
Publisher: Dutton