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  • Title: The Forgotten Flapper: A Novel of Olive Thomas
  • Author: Laini Giles
  • ISBN: 9780994734907
  • Page: 390
  • Format: Paperback
  • A presence lurks in New York City s New Amsterdam Theatre when the lights go down and the audience goes home They say she s the ghost of Olive Thomas, one of the loveliest girls who ever lit up the Ziegfeld Follies and the silent screen From her longtime home at the theater, Ollie s ghost tells her story from her early life in Pittsburgh to her tragic death at twenty fivA presence lurks in New York City s New Amsterdam Theatre when the lights go down and the audience goes home They say she s the ghost of Olive Thomas, one of the loveliest girls who ever lit up the Ziegfeld Follies and the silent screen From her longtime home at the theater, Ollie s ghost tells her story from her early life in Pittsburgh to her tragic death at twenty five.After winning a contest for The Most Beautiful Girl in New York, shopgirl Ollie modeled for the most famous artists in New York, and then went on to become the toast of Broadway When Hollywood beckoned, Ollie signed first with Triangle Pictures, and then with Myron Selznick s new production company, becoming most well known for her work as a baby vamp, the precursor to the flappers of the 1920s After a stormy courtship, she married playboy Jack Pickford, Mary Pickford s wastrel brother Together they developed a reputation for drinking, club going, wrecking cars, and fighting, along with giving each other expensive make up gifts Ollie s mysterious death in Paris Ritz Hotel in 1920 was one of Hollywood s first scandals, ensuring that her legend lived on.
    The Forgotten Flapper A Novel of Olive Thomas A presence lurks in New York City s New Amsterdam Theatre when the lights go down and the audience goes home They say she s the ghost of Olive Thomas one of the loveliest girls who ever lit up the Zi

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    1. Historical fiction I think is a tough to get right There s got to be the hook to get the story going, especially in the case of first person narrators You have to get the background details correct but not let that overwhelm the story or take an artificial main stage, which a lot fall prey to and this book neatly avoids all of that A perfect choice Olive Thomas Her eyes were even purple like Liz Taylor s.Her ghost still reputedly haunts New Amsterdam Theater where she was a Follies chorus girl, [...]

    2. More like 3.5 stars Now I feel the need to find a really well written biography, and learn the truth as much as it can be called that, secondhand and about a hundred years later give or take a few First person narrative wasn t my favorite thing, but it was an interesting novel Curious to see who else the author writes about in the future Recommended if silent film entrances you like it does with me.

    3. This is a cleverly conceived novel about silent film actress and early flapper Olive Thomas It s told in the first person, which gives it a very cozy and one on one feeling with the reader.Though I only read a sample of this book, I placed it on my wish list so I can read the entire book later.

    4. Disclaimer I was given a copy of this novel for review purposes.As both a reader and writer of novels set in and around early and classic Hollywood, I m always interested to see how someone handles that era Olive Thomas was a well known star of silent era Hollywood whose fame has undeservedly long faded from public memory So when The Forgotten Flapper came along, I was keen to sink my teeth into it, and was glad to find that I really enjoyed it I thought the author recreated the era really well [...]

    5. Olive couldn t get enough out of life From rags to riches, she craved , , Something was still missing She was a very likable lead I enjoyed her relationships throughout Her thirst for knowledge Her cravings for love.The old timey expressions cracked me up und heels Everything was brilliantly descriptive The colours vivid and smells sharp.I couldn t turn the pages fast enough What an exciting life this young woman led.I shed a few tears and I giggled out loud Laini Giles seems to effortlessly ev [...]

    6. A great read It felt like I was brought back in time when everything else happened Because clearly this was a well researched story Full review to come.

    7. I love to read, hear and watch stories of old Hollywood I do watch silent films sometimes too and I enjoy them THE FORGOTTEN FLAPPER by Laihi Giles is based on the true story of silent film actress Olive Thomas Not too many people remember her and if they do they know two things 1 she was married to Jack Pickford brother of Mary Pickford.And 2 her mysterious death from ingesting mercury bichioride.If you know and a fan of Mary Pickford America s sweetheart be warned, she is not a nice person in [...]

    8. She s the gal whose name nobody remembers Olive Thomas was set to be as famous as Mary Pickford She was even married to Pickford s brother But her accidental death in 1920 by drinking a mercury solution left out by her husband to treat his syphilis meant that she was forgotten while others of her era went on to huge fame and fortune The Forgotten Flapper is the story of Olive s life as told by her ghost, which reportedly still roams the New Amsterdam theatre, where Thomas was a member of the Zie [...]

    9. A ghost haunts the New Amsterdam Theatre, near Times Square in New York She wears a green outfit in flapper style, and she s just a little annoyed to realize that no one is scared of her, even though she mostly rearranges the scenery rather than clanking chains or leaping out and scaring people Her name is Olive Thomas, and she is one of the first silent movie stars, although her early death means that she is much less famous than her sister in law, Mary Pickford.Born near Pittsburgh, Olive move [...]

    10. Admittedly I was drawn to this book for the era Something about classic Hollywood fascinates me, undoubtedly a crazy time period always proving exciting I was also interested in learning of Olive Thomas an accomplished silent film era actress, long forgotten With a perfect storm I couldn t wait to see how Giles would work her craft, needless to say she created a fabulous story.The book s presentation cannot go unnoticed it resembles a silent movie including intermission and reprises extremely we [...]

    11. Oh my word I have waited forever to read a book on Olive Thomas I have been intrigued by her since childhood This was written as if Olive was telling us the story Fiction that reads like nonfiction Written in a style most celeb auto bios are written in I make good choices but those around me don t It was a perfect way to tell a story about a big celebrity that no one now knows because she died in 1920 She was big Before talkies and married a Pickford A Ziegfeld girl, the most beautifil woman.Oli [...]

    12. It grabbed me wouldn t let me go I enjoyed Laini Giles writing style tremendously Extremely absorbing story I couldn t didn t want to pull myself away Olive s voice made me feel like I was living her life 2 things the end of the Prologue makes it sound like the owner of the theatre would be telling the story, the very end the last paragraph seemed too pat, OR SPOILER ALERT , perhaps that was a foregone conclusion, since she died at 25 VERY highly recommended.

    13. A pretty good book for a historical fiction novel A fascinating look at the woman that became the fist baby vamp flapper and her rise from the coal mines of Pennsylvania to marriage into first great acting families of the silver screen to her untimely accidental death It reads like a who s who of the early 20th century stage and film I found it just as interesting to use the Kindle version to highlight and look up on all the well known at the time stars Olive Thomas met in her young life

    14. A historical fiction novel that works on every level It serves as a pseudo biography of Olive Thomas, the movie star who was active in silent films from 1916 to 1920 and died under mysterious circumstances in Paris in 1920 The story is narrated by Olive s ghost who is now haunting the New Amsterdam Theatre in NYC Mary and Jack Pickford figure prominently in Olive s life, and the book does a great job of detailing the highs and lows she experienced in her short 25 years Highly recommended.

    15. I LOVED this book Such a fun twist on a sad tragedy I fell in love with Olive and I can t wait for books from Laini For my full review, check it out on booktube youtube watch v GUGrg

    16. I enjoyed this book very much The research for the characters was very good and it gas made me want to look up some of Ollie s movies Luckily there srr links at the end of the Kindle book that I plan on checking out The writing was so well done it was a great read

    17. Really great read The way the story of her life was presented drew me in and I could not put down this book The life of Olive Thomas was so interesting and sad and this author had such a great way of telling her story.

    18. The author said she was inspired to write this book after reading Loving Frank I actually liked this book better.

    19. A historical novel should do than just tell a story It should use the story to inform about the age in which it is set, the people, the society, and the ideas The Forgotten Flapper, the story of Olive Thomas, achieves this goal superbly From the broad panorama of 1920 s America to small snippets such as the origin of the term Flicks , we learn about the times and particularly the show business of the times.That is not to say that the story of Olive s life is neglected It builds well, only slowi [...]

    20. The Forgotten Flapper follows little known actress Olive Thomas s journey from a poor Pennsylvania family, to the Ziegfield Follies, to silent film actress She eventually became the original Baby Vamp and the sister in law of Mary Pickford I liked the story is told in first person narrative and the author does a good job transporting the reader to the first twenty years of the 20th century It did pique my interest in the Follies I did not like the incessant name dropping got tedious as did the c [...]

    21. Broadway The Ziegfeld Follies The glitter and the glamour An era long forgottenuntil now, that is, as the talented Laini Giles has surprised us with The Forgotten Flapper, a long awaited contemporary homage to the glory days of young Broadway when producers like the enigmatic Florenz Ziegfeld Jr played the New York stage like a card game and pretty, young things like Olive Thomas literally became stars overnight As a young person, I ve always had a highly unusual interest in all that is vintage, [...]

    22. I thoroughly enjoy this book part history, part fiction and expertly woven into a highly readable tale A detailed glimpse into the lives of early showgirls and their transition into silent screen stars Now I want to read about the Pickford family

    23. The dialogue is absolutely ingenious Very engaging Teachers will love for history, for English, for whatever I highly recommend it.

    24. I really enjoyed this novel about the silent movie actress, Olive Thomas It was meticulously researched, with every fact checked and verified I appreciate that in a historical or biographical novel And it had a neat gimmick in that the action was narrated by Ollie s ghost who is still said to be hanging around the New Amsterdam Theater, where she first found fame as a Ziegfeld Girl And I quickly grew fond of Ollie herself, as given voice by Giles This was really a gem I m looking forward to read [...]

    25. Enjoyable book about a real Ziegfeld girl silent film actress who met a tragic end The basic facts and large strokes were all there too bad the real Olive didn t keep a diary or correspondence to give us depth The author filled in the blanks with a lot of wild life, booze, sex and drugs Poor Olive Her husband was a real rotter.

    26. The Forgotten Flapper is an historical novel, based on the true story of one of Hollywood s earliest stars, Olive Thomas With only one full length biography published to date, author Laini Giles conducted her own extensive research, and has retold Olive s story in her own voice, bringing the ing nue with the mischievous grin vividly to life Olive was a quick learner, impulsive and generous On camera and on location, she was a risk taker, one of the pioneering talents who made Hollywood the world [...]

    27. Became interested in the early flickers when I began researching Louise Brooks I came across this book and although Olive Thomas was a few years before Louise I bought and read it The author gives us a very believable Ollie with all her good and not so good points Starting out poor as a churchmouse she rises to become a Follies dancer, with a good reporting of what it was like to be a Follies girl and how Ollie s life becomes a roller coaster ride When she is recruited to become an actress the h [...]

    28. Forgotten FlappersOlive Thomas October 20, 1894 September 10, 1920 was a model, Ziegfeld girl and silent film star.Her story initially caught my interest because she was bornin Charleroi, Pennsylvania and subsequently lived in McKees Rocks.Thomas first marriage was in 1911, at age 15 to Bernard Krug Thomas, a clerk at the Pressed Steel Car Company.They separated in 1913 and Olive moved to New York City to pursue a career as a model She was granted a divorce on September 25, 1915.In 1914, Thomas [...]

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