Hollywood Beauty: Linda Darnell and the American Dream by Ronald L. Davis

By Ronald L. Davis

At fifteen, Linda Darnell left her Texas domestic and general early life to stay the Hollywood dream promoted via fan journal and studio exposure places of work. She seemed in dozens of flicks and gained overseas popularity of Blood and Sand (playing contrary Tyrone Power), endlessly Amber, A Letter to 3 better halves, and the unique model of Unfaithfully Yours.Driven through a degree mom to turn into wealthy and recognized, yet not able to deal with the occupation she had longed for as a toddler, Darnell quickly used to be stuck in a downward spiral of consuming, failed marriages, and exploitive relationships. by way of her early twenties she used to be an alcoholic, hardened through a lifestyles during which appealing girls have been chattel, and by the point of her loss of life at age 40- one, she used to be suffering for popularity within the that after had known as her its "glory girl.”Hollywood good looks starts off within the Southwest throughout the melancholy, whilst Pearl Darnell turned obsessed through the glitter of the motion picture global that may dominate her children’s lives. We keep on with Linda’s direction from her Texas youth and primary public success–during the kingdom centennial, in 1936–through her agreement paintings with 20th Century-Fox within the heyday of the big-studio procedure. movie historian Ronald L. Davis files Darnell’s discovery and marriages, the adoption of her daughter, the marking of many recognized movies, and her emotional problems, top as much as her tragic demise through fire.This is the tale of a local youngster from a dysfunctional middle-class family members thrust into the golden age of Hollywood. Hollywood good looks examines America’s public worship of motion picture stars and superficial success–its factors and consequences–and the dependancy to escapism that this worship represents.

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Richard periodically found a way to visit his mother, and Evelyn later ran away to live with the Darnells for a time. "I remember Richard carrying me on his shoulders across a vacant field," said Undeen. "I was so proud, because he was so handsome. " She also hoped for a baby sister and got her wish on the evening of October 16, 1923. The new baby, born at home, had dark eyes and coal black hair already an inch long. "I remember standing by her bed the night she was born," Undeen said. '" They named her Monetta Eloyse, although the world would know her as Linda.

Pearl had become bedridden and lived in a convalescent home, her eyesight too poor to read, but the family still suffered from the impact of her influence, as though she were still active. Monte, Linda's younger sister, worked as a nurse nearby and looked in on Page 5 her mother, while Cal, her brother, had moved to England, escaping as best he could the hurts of the past. Only Undeen, the eldest, had sustained a marriage, had children, and found contentment in the simple pleasures of homemaking.

Still, Monetta was enough like her mother to find the dream of stardom captivating. "When Tweedles came along, with all the natural talent and beauty that she had, they were just two peas in a pod," observed Monte. " While other girls walked from school in clusters, Monetta usually walked by herself. When classmates asked her to join them, she was friendly, even though she had little in common with them. Much of Monetta's time was spent doing her school work in the room she shared with Undeen.

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