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Fatty Arbuckle-Virginia Rappe Trial: Q&A with Researcher Joan Myers

Film researcher Joan Myers has been working on a book project that will present the Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle manslaughter trial in a different light. What trial? Fatty who? What trial? Well, only the biggest Hollywood scandal of the 1920s – along with the unsolved murder of director William Desmond Taylor. (See Time magazine's top 25 crimes of the 20th century.) Fatty who? Well, only a top – perhaps the top – Famous Players-Lasky (later renamed Paramount) star of the late 1910s; a comedian just about as popular in his day as Charles Chaplin was. Until it all came crashing down following a “wild party” at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco on Labor Day 1921. A party guest, actress […]


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Fatty Arbuckle-Virginia Rappe Trial: Q&A with Researcher Joan Myers