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Once hailed by Lillian Gish as “our preeminent historian of the silent film," Anthony Slide has served as both associate archivist of the American Film Institute (acquiring and preserving films for the National Film Collection at the Library of Congress) and as resident film historian of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He published his first book, “Early American Cinema” in 1970. Among his more than sixty additional works are “Silent Players,” “American Racist: The Life and Films of Thomas Dixon,” and “Inside the Hollywood Fan Magazines.” Additionally, his “The Encyclopedia of Vaudeville” (1994) was named outstanding academic book of the year by “Choice” magazine, best reference book of the year by “Library Journal”, and outstanding reference source of the year by the American Library Association. His most recent book is “A Special Relationship: Britain Comes to Hollywood and Hollywood Comes to Britain.”

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Rediscovering Silent Film Star with Million Dollar (Adjusted) Back

Kitty Gordon: Silent film star with the 'most beautiful' and most heavily insured back. Rediscovering a long-forgotten silent film star: Kitty Gordon It seems almost unthinkable that there are still silent film stars who have not been resurrected, their lives and movies subject to detailed, if not always reliable, examination. Yet I am reminded by Michael Levenston, a Canadian who has compiled what is best described as a “scrapbook” of her life and career, that there is one such individual – and not just a “name” in silent films, but also from 1901 onwards famed as a singer/actress in musical comedy and on the vaudeville stage in both her native England and the United States. And she is Kitty Gordon […]

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Rediscovering Silent Film Star with Million Dollar (Adjusted) Back