Silent screen siren Barbara La Marr passed away on January 30, 1926, having lived life on her own terms. Her death, attributed to tuberculosis and nephritis, was hastened by her tendency to “burn the candle at both ends,” severe diet regimen, and insistence upon continuing her work until her final collapse on the set of her last film. Her life, involving accomplished careers as a theater actress, cabaret dancer, vaudevillian, screenwriter, and film star—and unremitting scandal—played out in ceaseless headlines.
Her incredible life story will be told in its entirely this fall in my upcoming biography, Barbara La Marr: The Girl Who Was Too Beautiful for Hollywood. The University Press of Kentucky, my publisher, recently sent me the book’s cover photo:
For some commentary on the book and a teaser, see my earlier blog post: http://barbaralamarr.net/?p=929