The Girls in the Picture

The Girls in the Picture From the New York Times bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue and The Aviator s Wife a rich exploration of two Hollywood friends who shaped the movies USA Today

  • Title: The Girls in the Picture
  • Author: Melanie Benjamin
  • ISBN: The Girls in the Picture
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  • Page: 343
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  • From the New York Times bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue and The Aviator s Wife, a rich exploration of two Hollywood friends who shaped the movies USA Today screenwriter Frances Marion and superstar Mary Pickford Full of Old Hollywood glamour and true details about the pair s historic careers a captivating ode to a legendary bond Real SimpleNAM From the New York Times bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue and The Aviator s Wife, a rich exploration of two Hollywood friends who shaped the movies USA Today screenwriter Frances Marion and superstar Mary Pickford Full of Old Hollywood glamour and true details about the pair s historic careers a captivating ode to a legendary bond Real SimpleNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY REAL SIMPLEIt is 1914, and twenty five year old Frances Marion has left her second husband and her Northern California home for the lure of Los Angeles, where she is determined to live independently as an artist But the word on everyone s lips these days is flickers the silent moving pictures enthralling theatergoers Turn any corner in this burgeoning town and you ll find made up actors running around, as a movie camera captures it all.In this fledgling industry, Frances finds her true calling writing stories for this wondrous new medium She also makes the acquaintance of actress Mary Pickford, whose signature golden curls and lively spirit have earned her the title America s Sweetheart The two ambitious young women hit it off instantly, their kinship fomented by their mutual fever to create, to move audiences to a frenzy, to start a revolution.But their ambitions are challenged by both the men around them and the limitations imposed on their gender and their astronomical success could come at a price As Mary, the world s highest paid and most beloved actress, struggles to live her life under the spotlight, she also wonders if it is possible to find love, even with the dashing actor Douglas Fairbanks Frances, too, longs to share her life with someone As in any good Hollywood story, dramas will play out, personalities will clash, and even the deepest friendships might be shattered.With cameos from such notables as Charlie Chaplin, Louis B Mayer, Rudolph Valentino, and Lillian Gish, The Girls in the Picture is, at its heart, a story of friendship and forgiveness Melanie Benjamin brilliantly captures the dawn of a glittering new era its myths and icons, its possibilities and potential, and its seduction and heartbreak A boffo production Inspiration is a rare and unexpected gift in a book filled with the fluff of Hollywood, but Benjamin provides it with The Girls in the Picture NPR Profoundly resonant, The Girls in the Picture is at its core, an empowering and fascinating tale of sisterhood Bryce Dallas Howard Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 480 pages Published January 22nd 2019 by Bantam first published January 16th 2018 More Details Original Title The Girls in the Picture ISBN 110188682X ISBN13 9781101886823 Other Editions 10 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Girls in the Picture, please sign up Recent Questions Would this be suitable and interesting for a book Group like 16 days ago Add your answer See 1 question about The Girls in the Picture Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Sep 20, 2017 Jennifer TarHeelReader rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves arcs, kindle version, huggable books, recent favorites 5 epic, huggable, flickering stars to The Girls in the Picture Before reading this book, what I knew about Mary Pickford, America s Sweetheart, was vague I knew even less about her best friend and prolific screenwriter, Frances Marion As I read this, I kept thinking this book is epic This book was engrossing, unputdownable, thorough, perfectly written I can t imagine two fully developed and well crafted characters than Mary and Frances, and it s a bonus that they were based 5 epic, huggable, flickering stars to The Girls in the Picture Before reading this book, what I knew about Mary Pickford, America s Sweetheart, was vague I knew even less about her best friend and prolific screenwriter, Frances Marion As I read this, I kept thinking this book is epic This book was engrossing, unputdownable, thorough, perfectly written I can t imagine two fully developed and well crafted characters than Mary and Frances, and it s a bonus that they were based on real life people and heaps of research carried out by the author Just as I knew little of Pickford and Marion, I knew even less about these early days of Hollywood The silent flickers, Charlie Chaplin, the first talkies, and the founding of major film studios I love learning new things while I read, which is why historical fiction continues to be a favorite genre of mine These things were just the cherry on top of the sundae because the heart of the story was the ever evolving, endearingly relatable, and complex friendship between Mary and Frances Anyone who has had a lifelong friend will be able to relate to at least some of the waxing and waning, affection and strife, that the two experienced In addition to their friendship, these two had full, adventurous lives, which made me their stories even enthralling An important message was the role of women, especially strong, trailblazing women, in early Hollywood It was interesting to read this book just after another WWI book Last Christmas in Paris , which also featured a female journalist and war correspondent It was also fascinating to read about Hollywood and the US during that war to get a different perspective from England and France who had no choice but to be fully immersed in the war from its inception If you are a fan of historical fiction, especially involving early Hollywood, this is an absolute must read Fabulous book I also wanted to add, I put in one of my updates that this reminded me a bit of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo because of the old Hollywood feel and a few not seven Hollywood marriages.I happen to have all of Melanie Benjamin s backlist purchased previously and somehow languishing unread After finishing this book, I ll be making sure I carve out time to read each of her other books I m hoping for some epic historical reads Thanks to Melanie Benjamin, Random House Delacorte Press, and Netgalley, for the complimentary ARC The Girls in the Picture releases on January 16, 2018 flag 113 likesLike see review View all 55 comments Jan 30, 2018 Julie rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2017, e book, historical fiction, netgalley The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin is a 2018 Delacorte Press publication I love tales from old Hollywood the silent pictures, the scandals, the innovations and vision that are felt throughout the industry to this day This story zeroes in on the tumultuous friendship between movie star Mary Pickford and screenwriter, Frances Marion I loved the way Benjamin gives Frances such real and believable voice as she regales us with the beginning days of flickers and the way her friendship The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin is a 2018 Delacorte Press publication I love tales from old Hollywood the silent pictures, the scandals, the innovations and vision that are felt throughout the industry to this day This story zeroes in on the tumultuous friendship between movie star Mary Pickford and screenwriter, Frances Marion I loved the way Benjamin gives Frances such real and believable voice as she regales us with the beginning days of flickers and the way her friendship with Pickford developed, flourished, was tested, then faded, but through good and bad times, was never broken The portrait of both Pickford and Marion is vivid, as is the way the movie industry got off the ground and how Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and Charles Chaplin became the first big movie stars The story captures that exciting atmosphere, but also gives the reader a look at the issues facing women in the industry, which, although this is a piece of historical fiction, makes this a timely topic, all the same The struggles Marion and Pickford faced helped pave the way for women in the industry, and will sound all too familiar as women continue to grapple with the same power imbalances, harassment, and the pressure to make concessions on the way to success Pickford is a sad figure, stereotyped, with her fans refusing to allow her to ever grow up She s often shallow, self absorbed, and jealous, while Marion is the pragmatist, often giving in to whatever Pickford wanted.This is an interesting approach to Marion and Pickford s long friendship Although the pacing is just a tiny bit uneven at times, I think Benjamin pulls it off beautifully Naturally, anytime I read a work of fiction, based on real people, it always makes me wonder what was real and what was fiction, and of course I always want to read on the subject or person The author provides the reader with a few reading suggestions, so I will certainly want to take her advice to learn about the silent film era, and look at both Marion and Pickford a little closer I ve said this about Melanie Benjamin before, but I think it bears repeating She certainly does have a knack for writing historical fiction I m always impressed with the way she takes well known figures from the past, and gives them a voice that seems so utterly real, I keep having to remind myself that it is a work of fiction Overall, this is an interesting, fascinating, and incredibly absorbing look at the silent film era, and two of the most influential ladies of their time 4.5 flag 102 likesLike see review View all 32 comments Dec 19, 2017 Theresa Alan rated it it was amazing review of another edition This is a novel I will be recommending to everyone Historical fiction, The Girls in the Picture is a book for everyone who has an interest in the evolution of film and of women trying to be taken seriously in the workplace.Frances doesn t want to be an actress, but she wants to be a part of the movies, and she finds her niche as a scenarist during the era of silent films, when the flickers were considered a low form of entertainment and certainly not an art form She becomes great friends w This is a novel I will be recommending to everyone Historical fiction, The Girls in the Picture is a book for everyone who has an interest in the evolution of film and of women trying to be taken seriously in the workplace.Frances doesn t want to be an actress, but she wants to be a part of the movies, and she finds her niche as a scenarist during the era of silent films, when the flickers were considered a low form of entertainment and certainly not an art form She becomes great friends with Mary, who has been on the stage taking care of the rest of her family since she was just eight years old Mary comes to the flickers because of the money The two women are at the forefront of a burgeoning industry, which means becoming the first movie stars with rabid fans.The story covers the challenges of the casting couch for female actresses Women can t take time off for children men don t have that worry and can have all the kids they want All the Harvey Weinstein esque terrible sexual behavior existed then, but perhaps worse was that women s ideas were also belittled Marriage, life, and careers strain their friendship The Girls in the Picture is a masterfully written novel about the personal and professional bonds of women during a fascinating time in history Thanks so much to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book, which RELEASES JAN 16, 2018.For of my reviews, please visit flag 80 likesLike see review View all 20 comments Oct 02, 2017 Ann Marie Lit Wit Wine Dine rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves bea 2017, fiction, great for book club, historical fiction You can read this and all of my reviews at Lit Wit Wine Dine.I really enjoyed The Swans of Fifth Avenue and started getting excited about The Girls in the Picture as soon as it was announced In fact, it was the book I was most excited about receiving at Book Expo 2017 Melanie Benjamin was as much a delight in person, at her in booth signing, as she is on her social media accounts She even allowed me to blather on about her kitchen reno it looks fantastic and her cats at some length without You can read this and all of my reviews at Lit Wit Wine Dine.I really enjoyed The Swans of Fifth Avenue and started getting excited about The Girls in the Picture as soon as it was announced In fact, it was the book I was most excited about receiving at Book Expo 2017 Melanie Benjamin was as much a delight in person, at her in booth signing, as she is on her social media accounts She even allowed me to blather on about her kitchen reno it looks fantastic and her cats at some length without calling security.As for the book, it did not disappoint It s very evident that the author did an enormous amount of research on Mary Pickford and Frances Marion, their families, lovers, husbands, and the movie industry itself I was fascinated by the actual events leading to their rise to power in Hollywood.The elements that made this book special, however, are the character development and the portrayal of the relationship between Mary and Frances Melanie Benjamin has taken the historic information and weaved in a little imagination magic, creating characters that are beyond multi dimensional They are as highly nuanced as their relationships with one another.In reading The Girls in the Picture, I was constantly reminded of the sacrifice and struggles women have always had to make in order to get to the tops of their professions Hollywood was certainly no exception, then or now Their fast, glamorous, monied lives did not come at no cost.This book is an excellent exploration of the friendships of strong women admiration, respect, mutual dependency, jealousy, insecurity it s all here in a very real way Though their friendship was tumultuous at time, I felt that their connection transcended the trivialities of the moment The end of the book made me teary and reflective of some of my own friendships.After reading these two latest novels, I d definitely look forward to reading anything Melanie Benjamin writes in the future but I d also love to read some of her previous works.Many thanks to Delacorte Press for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review flag 68 likesLike see review View all 18 comments Feb 04, 2018 JanB rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley 3.5 stars rounded up to 4I loved reading about these two trailblazing women in the filming industry Mary Pickford, America s Sweetheart , and Frances Marion, a renowned female screenwriter, known as a scenarist in the early days, and the first to win two Academy Awards The early days of Hollywood and the transition from silent films, the flickers , to talkies was riveting reading What these two women accomplished over a century ago in a male dominated world was nothing short of amazing T 3.5 stars rounded up to 4I loved reading about these two trailblazing women in the filming industry Mary Pickford, America s Sweetheart , and Frances Marion, a renowned female screenwriter, known as a scenarist in the early days, and the first to win two Academy Awards The early days of Hollywood and the transition from silent films, the flickers , to talkies was riveting reading What these two women accomplished over a century ago in a male dominated world was nothing short of amazing The historical details of how movies were made in the early days of Hollywood and the formation of the major studios was interesting reading.The book is narrated by Frances, with the reader learning about Mary Pickford through Frances s eyes Even though Mary s story suffers a little from being told in the third person, the character development is excellent and the enormous amount of research the author did on these two women is impressive I thoroughly enjoyed this part of the book and found it fascinating They were two determined, accomplished women who forged a friendship and alliance, and we follow them through the heady early days into old age.The book lost a star from me because it got bogged down in melodrama and angst, with some flowery melodramatic dialogue, and at close to 450 pages, it was a bit overly long Still, the strengths outweigh the negatives and I highly recommend the book I appreciated the epilogue where the author explains her research and where she took literary license thank you to Netgalley, Random House publishing, and the author for an e galley of the book in exchange for an honest review flag 54 likesLike see review View all 34 comments Jan 28, 2018 Cindy Burnett rated it liked it review of another edition I am conflicted about The Girls in the Picture I am a huge fan of Mary Pickford and learned significantly about her in The Girls in the Picture, and I knew virtually nothing about Frances Marion so I enjoyed the details about her However, I felt the book was overly long and drawn out, and as I was reading I wished it had ended earlier in the women s lives In the Author s Note, Benjamin explains how much she glosses over in the later years and that left me with the same feeling again I I am conflicted about The Girls in the Picture I am a huge fan of Mary Pickford and learned significantly about her in The Girls in the Picture, and I knew virtually nothing about Frances Marion so I enjoyed the details about her However, I felt the book was overly long and drawn out, and as I was reading I wished it had ended earlier in the women s lives In the Author s Note, Benjamin explains how much she glosses over in the later years and that left me with the same feeling again I wish she had ended the book years before she did The Girls in the Picture did encourage me to find many clips of Pickford in her heyday, and I spent hours watching her various movies One of the most interesting things I learned was how short the early movies were many were under twenty minutes Pickford and Marion were far ahead of their time, and it is fabulous to see their stories told I received this book to read and review All opinions are my own flag 47 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Feb 05, 2018 Marialyce rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves net galley 5 fantastical starsI am in awe and quite sleepless as well over this book In a word it was awesome Ms Benjamin has created for us a world that was early Hollywood It was a world where silent movies were becoming the rage and where woman were taking the reins or at least trying to in a society dominated and controlled by males We are introduced to two powerful women of the past, Mary Pickford and Frances Marion, who become great friends and travel the road to fame and stardom The year is 191 5 fantastical starsI am in awe and quite sleepless as well over this book In a word it was awesome Ms Benjamin has created for us a world that was early Hollywood It was a world where silent movies were becoming the rage and where woman were taking the reins or at least trying to in a society dominated and controlled by males We are introduced to two powerful women of the past, Mary Pickford and Frances Marion, who become great friends and travel the road to fame and stardom The year is 1914, and Frances Marion, a writer, is desperately seeking a place in Hollywood She meets Mary Pickford, a young beautiful girl who is fast becoming America s Sweetheart and these two woman take on Hollywood.As the author takes us on this journey into these women, their lives, their loves, their hardships, and their glamour, we get a moving picture into the Hollywood of yesteryear We are there to witness Mary and Frances s struggles to overcome the chauvinism, to be the center in a world moving quickly around them, to find that fame so needed by them to feel their worth Yes, they do succeed, but in the long run they lose a lot of what they really needed the love of a man they adored In Mary s case, that man was Douglas Fairbanks and in Frances s world, it was Fred Thompson Mary becomes the face of Hollywood with her curls, diminutive stature, and her ability to always maintain that little girl look Frances becomes a screenwriter extraordinaire, wining during her career two Academy Awards They had it all or so it seemed to those who followed them through the tabloids of the time But, as we are shown, the life these women led was often sad, often tumultuous, and often one in which they lost so much.By becoming who they wished, ambitious, centered women in a man s world, they fought courageously to overcome all the many barriers placed in their path They were the women who broke through some many layers of male dominance and succeeded and created a world that America had never seen the likes of I recommend this book most highly, not only for the portrayal of these movie pioneers, but also for the exquisite writing that Ms Benjamim put onto the pages of this book If you are at all interested in early Hollywood and how this town and industry came about this book will supply some answers Mary and Frances, a friendship formed at such an early age, traveled a road no one really had before and in this they gained so much but also suffered losses that filled their hearts with sorrow and grief As Bette Davis once said, A sure way to lose happiness, I found, is to want it all at the expanse of everything else Frances and Mary wanted it all, they gained it all, but in so many ways they did lose that happiness we all seek as a fulfilling thread of our lives.Thank you to Melanie Benjamim, Random House, and NetGalley for providing me with a digital copy of this wonderful novel flag 41 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Jul 20, 2018 Victoria rated it liked it review of another edition I love Old Hollywood movies, historical fiction and this author s last book, The Swans of Fifth Avenue, was an enchanting five star read for me Maybe all of that set my expectations too high, but while I loved learning about Mary Pickford, France Marion and the beginnings of the movie industry, it was in the telling of the story that this book didn t quite work as well as her previous There was an unevenness to the narrative mostly due to the choice of alternating perspectives, one much strong I love Old Hollywood movies, historical fiction and this author s last book, The Swans of Fifth Avenue, was an enchanting five star read for me Maybe all of that set my expectations too high, but while I loved learning about Mary Pickford, France Marion and the beginnings of the movie industry, it was in the telling of the story that this book didn t quite work as well as her previous There was an unevenness to the narrative mostly due to the choice of alternating perspectives, one much stronger and endearing than the other which made for a bumpy ride.Many of the themes had scenes from old movies popping in my head from All About Eve to Sunset Boulevard and even the creepy scenes from Whatever Happened to Baby Jane I told you I love Old Hollywood movies , which made for a feeling of d j vu Not a bad thing since Benjamin was weaving a Hollywood tale and just as music sets the mood for some, visual memories create a tapestry for me.This novel worked best when it provided glimpses into the industry Cecil B DeMille was a tyrant, Samuel Goldwyn s name was originally Goldfish and so much but not as well when exploring the psychological make up of these women who birthed an industry Mary Pickford especially This was the woman who, along with Chaplin and Fairbanks, created United Artists, who helped found the Academy of Arts and Sciences, and who was for many years, the queen of Hollywood alongside her king, Douglas Fairbanks Yet her portrait here with all her laudable accomplishments, doesn t quite connect.The dedication for this book thanks someone for rescuing this novel from the slush pile and I m left to wonder if it was rushed to publication after the success of Swans and maybe could have used a bit polish Nevertheless, the historical aspects were fascinating and Ms Benjamin provides a trove of books to consider for further reading many of which she used in her research, so of a 3.5, but lacking some of the entertainment that made her previous book so compelling flag 39 likesLike see review View all 23 comments Dec 28, 2017 Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves read 2017 The Girls in the Picture is a book that I knew that I wanted to read as soon as I saw it I love reading historical fiction about movie stars, or stories that in one way or another takes place in Hollywood Especially around the Silent movie era and when the talkies came I had only previously read Reckless Hearts A Story of Slim Hawks and Ernest Hemingway by Melanie Benjamin, but she has written several books that I want to read.What really struck me about this book was, despite, my deep love The Girls in the Picture is a book that I knew that I wanted to read as soon as I saw it I love reading historical fiction about movie stars, or stories that in one way or another takes place in Hollywood Especially around the Silent movie era and when the talkies came I had only previously read Reckless Hearts A Story of Slim Hawks and Ernest Hemingway by Melanie Benjamin, but she has written several books that I want to read.What really struck me about this book was, despite, my deep love for silent movies, and old Hollywood classics is that Frances Marion was totally unknown to me And she s behind several of my favorite movies, like A Scarlet Letter with Lars Hanson and Lillian Gish Also, I had no idea that she was a close friend of Mary Pickford.In this book, we get a fictional story about the friendship between Frances Marion and Mary Pickford I enjoyed getting to know the women and I especially enjoyed learning about their lives Both had great love stories, but neither had truly happy lives, despite, their success Not all of their lives are written in this book, as Melanie Benjamin stated in her notes, just Mary Pickford relationship with her adopted children would fill a whole book I personally had to take a break from the book several times to check up a name or a title, etc.The Girls in the Picture is definitely a book to read if you, like me, love old Hollywood movies and are intrigued by the actors and actors from the golden era I was charmed by the cameos, especially Charlie Chaplin s presence in the book Made me eager to read a book about him or see his movies I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review flag 39 likesLike see review Jan 30, 2018 Lisa rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018, 4 star reviews, librarything, print An enlightening portrait of two creative and powerful women who helped shape Hollywood SUMMARYTHE GIRLS IN THE PICTURE is a look behind the scenes at the earliest days of Hollywood and the friendship between two legends Mary Pickford known as the girl with the curls, was America s first sweetheart She was a international superstar, who was mobbed upon her first time arrival in London She was the first actor to have her name put on a movie marque and she was the first to win an Academy Award An enlightening portrait of two creative and powerful women who helped shape Hollywood SUMMARYTHE GIRLS IN THE PICTURE is a look behind the scenes at the earliest days of Hollywood and the friendship between two legends Mary Pickford known as the girl with the curls, was America s first sweetheart She was a international superstar, who was mobbed upon her first time arrival in London She was the first actor to have her name put on a movie marque and she was the first to win an Academy Award for Best Actress in a talkie for Coquette She was also a smart business woman who along with Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin founded United Artists The three also toured the US together in 1918, promoting Liberty Bonds for WWI When she married Douglas Fairbanks in 1920 the two became the reining royalty of Hollywood Frances Marion, was a creative genius, who won two Academy Awards for screenwriting In 1931 she won for The Big House and in 1932 she won for The Champ She wrote scripts for over 300 of early Hollywood s beloved movies In addition to writing for Pickford, she wrote for Harlow, Dietrich and Garbo and many other of Hollywood s earliest stars She travel overseas during WWI as a combat correspondent and made a film of women s contribution to the war effort on the front lines She was the first woman to cross the Rhine after the Armistice Perhaps the simplest formula for a plot is invent some colorful personalities, involve them in an apparently hopeless complication or predicament, then extricate them in a logical and dramatic way that brings them happiness Frances MarionREVIEWTHE GIRLS IN THE PICTURE is an intriguing historical fiction story One that keeps you wondering what is real and what is fiction An authors note helps with that, but what is undoubtably real is the achievements of these two fascinating women, and that alone is enough to make this book enjoyable for anyone who loves read about strong women trailblazers Here are two indomitable women who were way ahead of their time Most impressive were the accomplishments and countenance of Frances Marion MELANIE BENJAMIN created a compelling but somewhat long book Despite its length, the writing is vivid and seemingly effortless I loved the theme of the friendship and support between these two women, who when working together in the early years were almost unstoppable Chapters alternate between Mary and Frances, and Frances s chapters were smartly written in first person perspective, while Mary s were in third person Something Mary, who always wanted to be front and center, may not have liked very much The story even touched on the beginnings of casting couches, sexism and abuse in Hollywood by studio owners, producers and investors And if the recent news is any indication, it hasn t stopped yet Thanks to LibraryThing, Delacorte Press and Melanie Benjamin for an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for a honest review flag 29 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Feb 12, 2018 Juli rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves read review copies 2018 It seems strange and very intriguing to me that silent movies and the beginnings of the film industry in Los Angeles happened than 100 years ago It doesn t seem possible that we are a century away from the old black and white flickers This book is about the friendship between Actress Mary Pickford, who was touted as America s Sweetheart back in the early days, and Frances Marion, an early screenwriter Both women were incredibly famous in their day and paved the way for women in the fi It seems strange and very intriguing to me that silent movies and the beginnings of the film industry in Los Angeles happened than 100 years ago It doesn t seem possible that we are a century away from the old black and white flickers This book is about the friendship between Actress Mary Pickford, who was touted as America s Sweetheart back in the early days, and Frances Marion, an early screenwriter Both women were incredibly famous in their day and paved the way for women in the film industry Both won academy awards for their work And both are largely forgotten A century of time can erase all thingsunless it s preserved on film As I read this book I took breaks and watched Mary Pickford films just to get the feel for what these women created My favorite is Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, released in 1917 The Screenplay was adapted by Frances Marion from the classic novel and the film stars Mary Pickford and Eugene O Brien The film is grainy and silent The title cards and credits jump and jerk around on the screen The makeup gives the actors raccoon eyes and a melodramatic look But was one of the first films with a real plot and for me it s amazing that I can watch a performance that took place over 100 years ago Long dead actors appearing as young, dedicated performers still, after all these years Film magic I enjoyed this book I know very little about Mary Pickford except that she was married to Douglas Fairbanks And I had never heard of Frances Marion before this book In 1972, Frances Marion wrote a book, Off With Their Heads, about her experiences in Hollywood She died soon after it was published After reading The Girls in the Picture, I definitely want to read Marion s book Once I started reading I couldn t put this book down It tells the story of how the movie industry got its start, and about the early lives of two powerful pioneering women in the industry Mary Pickford was the highest paid actor back then, but paid a price for her fame The story unfolds to include other notable classic early performers Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, and I learned so much about the early days of film and these two strong women Great book Anyone who loves old movies and Old Hollywood tales will love this book Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm starring Mary Pickford can be seen on Youtube here I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Random House Ballentine via NetGalley All opinions expressed are entirely my own flag 30 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jun 17, 2017 Karen rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley, read in 2017, 4000 books, wwi 3.5 starsAbout a century ago, actress Mary Pickford and scenarist Frances Marion were best friends as their young careers were just taking off Together, they forged new paths for women in their industry, with Mary forming United Artist s studio with husband Douglas Fairbanks, and Frances being the best and highest paid female screenwriter With today s spotlight on Hollywood s so called casting couch, this story was quite timely in detailing how that term started, when these two women were in t 3.5 starsAbout a century ago, actress Mary Pickford and scenarist Frances Marion were best friends as their young careers were just taking off Together, they forged new paths for women in their industry, with Mary forming United Artist s studio with husband Douglas Fairbanks, and Frances being the best and highest paid female screenwriter With today s spotlight on Hollywood s so called casting couch, this story was quite timely in detailing how that term started, when these two women were in their thirties, their careers winding down Despite the strides made by these women, men still held the power and got away with pinching and feeling up whatever female body parts they desired Actresses who had babies, even those who were married, risked outrage from their fans, while actors and studio heads could sire a dozen or children with no such risks.Told in alternating chapters from each of the women s points of view, the book was certainly interesting, but not in a can t wait to get back to that book way It is honest and forthcoming, which makes for a likeable historical fiction tale It tells of two friends who grew estranged for different reasons, but were together courageous pioneers in their fields and impacted the film industry just as much as any of the studio heads of their time Unfortunately, I thought it a bit repetitive and on the longish side My thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy flag 27 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Jan 13, 2018 Karen rated it really liked it review of another edition I was drawn to this story based on the summary and the fact that I enjoyed two of Melanie Benjamin s previous books The Girls in the Picture is another good story Right off the bat, Benjamin s stage setting for the future partnership between America s Sweetheart Mary Pickford and renowned Academy Award winning screenwriter Frances Marion hooked me.Despite early rejection of powerful men in the movie industry, the success of Marion and Pickford s public screening of Poor Little Rich Girl put I was drawn to this story based on the summary and the fact that I enjoyed two of Melanie Benjamin s previous books The Girls in the Picture is another good story Right off the bat, Benjamin s stage setting for the future partnership between America s Sweetheart Mary Pickford and renowned Academy Award winning screenwriter Frances Marion hooked me.Despite early rejection of powerful men in the movie industry, the success of Marion and Pickford s public screening of Poor Little Rich Girl put these savvy women on the map The public stood up and cheered, the pragmatic women regained their confidence and forged ahead to make movies the way THEY wanted to They became powerful forces to be reckoned with, trailblazing businesswomen in a young Hollywood who would go on to make significant contributions in the movie industry I loved their portrayal by Benjamin Their smarts, perseverance and vision shone Their individual stories are enjoyable enough but together, its magic I looked forward to each of their conversations and collaborations What they accomplished in a male dominated world was impressive and this is a story I will not soon forget It has spurred me on to watch some of their old movies with my new perspective Thanks to the Random House Delacorte for an early ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 26 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Jan 23, 2018 Jennifer added it review of another edition DNF 23%As Kenny Rogers famously sang, You got to know when to hold em Know when to fold em Know when to walk away Know when to run This book seemed like something that should have been right up by alley two strong women making their way in the early days of Hollywood sign me up , but it was just such a slog to read It felt like I had been reading for at least 30 mins, but I d only covered a page or two The siren song of my mountainous TBR is calling, so I m calling it quits on th DNF 23%As Kenny Rogers famously sang, You got to know when to hold em Know when to fold em Know when to walk away Know when to run This book seemed like something that should have been right up by alley two strong women making their way in the early days of Hollywood sign me up , but it was just such a slog to read It felt like I had been reading for at least 30 mins, but I d only covered a page or two The siren song of my mountainous TBR is calling, so I m calling it quits on this one.Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing a galley in exchange for an honest review flag 23 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Dec 09, 2017 Toni rated it really liked it review of another edition Women are back in the news to regain their place among men in what we always think is a man s world Back in 1910 through 1920 two smart women made their imprint in the growing stages of Hollywood in that critical transition from silent era to talkies Even many big name stars fell by the side of the road during this major event.Mary Pickford started out as that little girl with the golden curls, but what no one knew at the time was that underneath all that innocence was a tough, competitive Women are back in the news to regain their place among men in what we always think is a man s world Back in 1910 through 1920 two smart women made their imprint in the growing stages of Hollywood in that critical transition from silent era to talkies Even many big name stars fell by the side of the road during this major event.Mary Pickford started out as that little girl with the golden curls, but what no one knew at the time was that underneath all that innocence was a tough, competitive businesswoman Her friend, who she met by the grace of God and the will of seeking employment, was Frances Marion, a creative writer persistent on becoming a screenwriter She had stories in her than she knew what to do with Together these women were the highest paid actor and screenwriter in the 1920 s and they just happened to be women Their story is a must read Mary Pickford founded United Artists with Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, and DW Griffin, to buck the studio system in 1919 She also founded the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Oscars and the Motion Picture Fund, to help aging actors no longer working.Frances Marion wrote many famous films, some favorites are Big House, Dinner at Eight my favorite , The Champ, Anne of Green Gables, and many Naturally, their story is complex than their awards, they had many personal hardships in their lives as well If you love classic film, this book covers these two profound women in depth, so I encourage you to read it.Thank you Netgalley flag 18 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 06, 2017 Judy rated it really liked it review of another edition Engrossing story of Mary Pickford and Frances Marion, two pioneers in the movie industry, beginning in 1914 Mary Pickford starred in flickers silent movies and was known as America s sweetheart Frances Marion became a famous screenwriter one of the first females in the industry The two women became very close friends, and this is the story of their friendship It is also the story of the very beginnings of the movies and Hollywood, and famous film stars Mary and Frances are very close Engrossing story of Mary Pickford and Frances Marion, two pioneers in the movie industry, beginning in 1914 Mary Pickford starred in flickers silent movies and was known as America s sweetheart Frances Marion became a famous screenwriter one of the first females in the industry The two women became very close friends, and this is the story of their friendship It is also the story of the very beginnings of the movies and Hollywood, and famous film stars Mary and Frances are very close and their friendship is a strong bond However, there are many ups and downs in their friendship and insecurities that cause pain There is an element of jealousy from both women that affects the friendship Also, their marriages certainly had an effect on the friendship as well.If you like movie history you will like this book I really enjoyed it It read very much like a memoir and most of the events actually happened, although the dialogue was fictional Thanks to Melanie Benjamin and Random House Publishing Group Ballantine through Netgalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review flag 19 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Nov 12, 2017 Martie Nees Record rated it liked it review of another edition Genre Historical FictionPub Date January 16, 2018Publisher Random HouseMelanie Benjamin is a favorite author of mine She writes in a distinctive genre that I favor known as Historical Autobiographical Fiction It is reading historical fiction as if you are reading the memoir of the real life main character To work, this genre needs to be as well researched as it is well written Also, the reader needs to remember that no matter how knowledgeable, the author is not privy to the actual thoug Genre Historical FictionPub Date January 16, 2018Publisher Random HouseMelanie Benjamin is a favorite author of mine She writes in a distinctive genre that I favor known as Historical Autobiographical Fiction It is reading historical fiction as if you are reading the memoir of the real life main character To work, this genre needs to be as well researched as it is well written Also, the reader needs to remember that no matter how knowledgeable, the author is not privy to the actual thoughts of the protagonist Benjamin reminds us in her endnotes I think Benjamin always pulls off this style of writing So far I have been lucky enough to review three of her works prepublication The Aviator s Wife Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh , The Swans of Fifth Avenue Truman Capote and Babe Paley , and even The Autobiography of Mrs Tom Thumb had me captivated For these reasons, I was thrilled to be given an Advance Review Copy ARC of Benjamin s The Girls in the Picture on the early days of Hollywood, concentrating on the lives of screenwriter Frances Marion and the first superstar actress, Mary Pickford This is Benjamin s first book for which my review won t be full of praise for her talents But let me start by stating what I did enjoy about the novel, which is a good portion of the book I was engrossed in learning about the birth of the movies in Old Hollywood I especially enjoyed learning about the technical side of moviemaking in those days It wasn t unusual for the actors themselves to splice and piece the film back together Actors also frequently went behind the camera to get a better understanding of how a scene would play out Mary Pickford always did both Plus, the author does a terrific job describing the details of the WWI era and weaving in how the magic of movie making effected that generation The industry started out making flickers on the streets there were no sets with street entertainers such as Charlie Chaplin These silent movies were watched in Nickelodeons One will also learn about the beginnings of the Hollywood studios, and how it took the creativity out of the hands of the actors, and how the silent films turned into talkies, ruining many careers, and causing some stars to sell their mansions As Pickford once said, Adding sound to movies would be like putting lipstick on the Venus de Milo I also got a kick out of reading that Pickford and Fairbanks were the original Liz and Dick Once they married each other, their lifestyles suddenly changed and they became world famous and rich beyond their wildest dreams Their 18 acre estate in Beverly Hills was called Pickfair predating the mashups of celebrity couples names like Brangelina and Bennifer by nearly a century.The reader discovers that Mary Pickford and Frances Marion were two groundbreaking innovators of American film The story is told from two points of view Pickford s and Marion s Though Marion is written in the first person and Pickford in the third, which made Marion seem real and autobiographical The story of Mary Pickford s tough early years on the stage, struggling to support her mother and two siblings, reminded me of Natalie Wood s life story The family was dirt poor and she alone supported them By 1915, Pickford had become the most famous movie actress in the United States She was dubbed America s Sweetheart, known as Girl with the Golden Curls The irony wasn t lost on Mary, because she knew that she never had a childhood Additionally, I found out that she was also an early feminist She became one of the few actors and sole woman in those first years to battle the studio system and take control of her own work and career Frances Marion also believed women were equal to men and elbowed her way into the Hollywood experience She was new to the movie industry when Mary was already a star They soon became fast friends Frances gained entry into the world of moving pictures by becoming a screenwriter, then known as a scenarist She wrote many of Mary s most popular pictures, including the 1917 film, Poor Little Rich Girl Mary did not do well in the talkies with her modern, bobbed hair Her fans only wanted to see the little girl with the curls She blamed this on Marion, who wrote petite Pickford as a child Unlike Mary, Frances remained successful after Mary s career was over She continued to write screenplays, remaining the highest paid screenwriter She went on to win two Academy Awards the first woman to do so , all while fighting chauvinistic male studio heads So why did this novel lose some of my praise In the middle of the book, these two successful business women, pioneers of their time, began talking like lovesick teenagers about their future husbands The once crisp and compelling dialogue became just plain old silly and in complete contrast to their established personalities I actually cringed at some of the corny lines that the author would never have penned to come out of their mouths in the first half of the story When Frances meets her husband her first love , it reads like a script from an old Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney film, Love Finds Andy Hardy, rather than a mature woman finding love The silliness is emphasized by the fact that this is her third marriage And, they meet while he is a soldier in the hospital during the war This venue is not conducive for the sugary tone of their romance When Mary divorces her first husband and marries Fairbanks her first love , she too begins talking like a teenager in love Suddenly, Pickford, a woman with much skill in financial affairs, who was the brains in the marriage, starts acting flaky and puts her husband before her career When Fairbanks started to cheat on her I was waiting for the author to throw in a verse of Lesley Gore s song, It s My Party, and I ll Cry if I Want To I was so disappointed that I found myself skimming the mushy pages I realize that characters do evolve in a story, it usually improves the story But this was a complete 180 and not believable With that said, overall, I can say that if you don t know much about the history of early American filmmaking and wish to then I recommend this book Just know that it can read simultaneously sappy and splendid.I received this novel from the publisher at no cost in exchange for an honest review.Find all my book reviews at flag 18 likesLike see review View 2 comments Sep 02, 2017 Candace rated it it was ok review of another edition I was so disappointed in this book.I loved Melanie Benjamin s first two novels, Alice I have Been and The Autobiography of Mrs Tom Thumb but was not as in love with The Aviator s Wife and disliked Swans Now there s The Girls in the Picture which is a crushing disappointment.Let s start with the cover, which shows two women in 1930s gowns looking vaguely like Norma Shearer and Kay Francis Since neither of those women are part of the story and it does not take place in the 1930s, what I was so disappointed in this book.I loved Melanie Benjamin s first two novels, Alice I have Been and The Autobiography of Mrs Tom Thumb but was not as in love with The Aviator s Wife and disliked Swans Now there s The Girls in the Picture which is a crushing disappointment.Let s start with the cover, which shows two women in 1930s gowns looking vaguely like Norma Shearer and Kay Francis Since neither of those women are part of the story and it does not take place in the 1930s, what s that about The cover doesn t invoke Mary Pickford or Frances Marion either except that one s blonde and the other s brunette Careless and stupid.So let s look at what The Girls in the Picture is about Mary Pickford and Frances Marion were two trailblazers and innovators of American film Mary was one of the very first movie stars, an astonishing artist and businesswoman whose first appearance on the screen in 1910 joyfully leaps out at viewers in a way rarely seen before or since Frances was an artist who became a celebrated screenwriter and wrote many of Mary s most popular pictures What s fascinating is that these movies grew from their friendship and Frances concept that because Mary was on the stage at the age of five supporting her family and never had a childhood, the cinema is where she would have that childhood Mary was tiny even as an adult, and played kids on screen with a freshness and humor that still makes these films charming and funny Of course, she reached the point where she wanted to play adults but her fans couldn t make the jump and even though she could had a stage trained voice and make the change to talkies, Mary s career was over by 1932.But Frances s was not She easily transitioned to the talkies and won Oscars for her fine screenplays written for other actors But was her idea of giving Mary a childhood on screen inspired or soul destroying for each or both Doesn t this sound like a fantastic story So why doesn t it work Frances s story is told in first person, which makes her immediate and alive Mary s side is told in the third person, and like to many of the books written about her seems to draw heavily from her own autobiography The result is that she never leaps off the page like she did off the screen We still don t know her, we only see her through Frances s eyes Giving Mary her own voice would have made The Girls in the Picture satisfying and true, and we might have seen inside a woman who spent most of her life before the public and yet remains a cypher I wish Melanie Benjamin could go back and reconstruct this novel with the same kind of insight she gave to Alice and Mrs Tom Thumb And get rid of that cover flag 17 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Dec 28, 2018 Petra rated it really liked it review of another edition I enjoyed this story of the friendship between Frances Marion and Mary Pickford The story covers the hardships women faced in the movie business, including the casting couch and the decision to have children, while showing two women whose friendship went through many phases and trials The author s afterword in which she tells which parts of her story are true, which conjecture taken from the history of these women and listing some biographies autobiographies of these women that would be of i I enjoyed this story of the friendship between Frances Marion and Mary Pickford The story covers the hardships women faced in the movie business, including the casting couch and the decision to have children, while showing two women whose friendship went through many phases and trials The author s afterword in which she tells which parts of her story are true, which conjecture taken from the history of these women and listing some biographies autobiographies of these women that would be of interest for further reading I listened to the audio book, narrated by Kimberly Farr, and really enjoyed it flag 15 likesLike see review View 1 comment Sep 20, 2017 Sue rated it really liked it review of another edition I enjoy historical fiction books but had never read anything about the early days of the movies This book covered the careers of Mary Pickford, one of America s first movie stars and Frances Marion, an early screenwriter The author had done significant research into the lives and careers of both of these women and the story was both educational and great fun to read Mary and Frances became great friends and stuck with each other through good and bad They were actually very liberated for the I enjoy historical fiction books but had never read anything about the early days of the movies This book covered the careers of Mary Pickford, one of America s first movie stars and Frances Marion, an early screenwriter The author had done significant research into the lives and careers of both of these women and the story was both educational and great fun to read Mary and Frances became great friends and stuck with each other through good and bad They were actually very liberated for the time and vowed that no man would come between them They stood up to studio heads and directors to get their way in the early movies and Frances wrote movies for Mary Pickford to star in They knew that they were looked down on for being women but vowed to stay strong together Their friendship was ruined by of course a man Mary fell in love with Douglas Fairbanks and her entire attitude changed as she began to live life the way he wanted to and seemed to lose herself in the relationship.This is the story of two strong women in the early days of Hollywood Their friendship and the changes they tried to make in their world are a great story to read I ve gone back to read information about both of them I d heard of Mary Pickford but never Frances Marion who was a very well known screen writer who earned two Academy Awards This is a very well written and well researched book and I enjoyed reading it Thanks to for a copy of this book to read and review All opinions are my own flag 14 likesLike see review Feb 07, 2018 Tammy rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves release 2018 WOW Mary Pickford and Frances Marion This novel is about Mary s life, her one true love Douglas Fairbanks and her successes and losses personally and in pictures, along with Academy Award writer and friend Frances Marion s highly successful life Their friendship is about the sacrifices and compromises they made in order to succeed A very interesting and powerful story Highly recommend flag 14 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Nov 02, 2017 Ethel artisanwriting rated it it was amazing review of another edition The Girls in the PictureThe year is 1914 and the movie industry is just beginning to flourish, known as the flickers the silent movies are gaining in popularity Mary Pickford has already become America s Sweetheart while Frances Marion, recently settled in Los Angeles, is not only enad of the new industry, but gains entry into the world of moving pictures becoming a screenwriter Both women become fast friends, similar in many ways, yet their background quite the opposite While Pickfo The Girls in the PictureThe year is 1914 and the movie industry is just beginning to flourish, known as the flickers the silent movies are gaining in popularity Mary Pickford has already become America s Sweetheart while Frances Marion, recently settled in Los Angeles, is not only enad of the new industry, but gains entry into the world of moving pictures becoming a screenwriter Both women become fast friends, similar in many ways, yet their background quite the opposite While Pickford supported her family from the age of 8, with little education and always on the brink of poverty, Marion came from a much different family Brought up in San Francisco, well educated, in a large home, and no money problems Yet they were very much alike, both career driven, always thinking on their feet, both looking for the next opportunity Pickford became the Queen of the Movies receiving an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Talkie and Marion received her fair share of Academy Awards as well But the story relates to their close friendship, the bond that brought them much success in their professional years However there was heartache as Pickford put her career above her private life There was jealousy on both sides, for as close as both women were, times of jealousy and anger threatened that bond What we read here is the story of two friends who were strong, overcoming obstacles that were thrown in their way by the men who were most powerful Showing their strength and power at a time when the fledgling movie industry was just becoming exciting, we see how their sacrifices of these women enable them to succeed in a world of men Reading this you can appreciate that times really haven t changed The casting couch is still available, still an open secret as we now, than ever can attest to men are still making it difficult for women, not only in this industry The things change the they stay the sameand even when brought to life, they never change.This book was well written, as Ms Benjamin always gives us 5 star novelsthis is one of her best I would highly recommend this book for those who love historical fiction, for those who love reading about the movie industry, and especially for those who enjoy a great book It was a privilege to read this advanced edition of the novel.Thanks to NetGalley for sending this book to me in exchange for an honest review flag 12 likesLike see review Aug 16, 2017 Cynthia rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves books read in 2017 Stories about Hollywood s beginnings are like catnip to me and this story is about two powerful women with a strong friendship Mary Pickford the silent film actress and Marion Frances a screenwriter or scenarist as they were called then dream and work together and along the way become string friends and achieve lots Most people will recognize Mary s name but Marion is based on a real person as well I was surprised at how closely Benjamin sticks to the facts while necessarily imagining the wom Stories about Hollywood s beginnings are like catnip to me and this story is about two powerful women with a strong friendship Mary Pickford the silent film actress and Marion Frances a screenwriter or scenarist as they were called then dream and work together and along the way become string friends and achieve lots Most people will recognize Mary s name but Marion is based on a real person as well I was surprised at how closely Benjamin sticks to the facts while necessarily imagining the women s interactions.From its beginnings movies were haphazardly thrown together with art a kind of red haired second cousin but gradually that began to change with Mary and Frances in the vanguard They had to fight being pegeonholed as women but strangely the field was so wide open at its inception that they were able to sneak in and create at is until the New York money took notice and began to control the product That s when things became difficult The story includes Frances s experiences in WWl when she went to Europe to film the nurses and other women involved in the war Also included is Mary s struggle to find happiness with her all time love Douglas Fairbanks Th Girls in the Picture is equally sad and exhilarating but it s always fun to read.Thank you to the publisher for providing an advance reader s copy flag 12 likesLike see review View 2 comments Apr 18, 2018 BAM The Bibliomaniac rated it liked it review of another edition Netgalley 35Many thanks go to Melanie Benjamin, Random House, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.I m a fan of Melanie Benjamin I have all of her books I like how they are about obscure historical figures This one is about the relationship that developed between silent film star Mary Pickford and screenwriter Frances Marion It follows Pickford from childhood living out of trunks until death and includes the beginning of the poor little rich Netgalley 35Many thanks go to Melanie Benjamin, Random House, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.I m a fan of Melanie Benjamin I have all of her books I like how they are about obscure historical figures This one is about the relationship that developed between silent film star Mary Pickford and screenwriter Frances Marion It follows Pickford from childhood living out of trunks until death and includes the beginning of the poor little rich girl craze Fairbanks is a good chunk also Really it didn t seem like too much was left out except perhaps Pickford s political career As you can probably tell Pickford was my favorite of the two She just seemed much of an original person to me This was a great book I m glad I was able to add it to my collection and can t wait for Benjamin s next one flag 11 likesLike see review Dec 05, 2017 Kristy K rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves arc, netgalley, 2018, historical fiction A story that began with two women once girls One golden haired, one with raven locks Standing next to each other on a porch, gazing up at a night full of stars I fell in love with Benjamin s work when I read The Aviator s Wife a few years ago She does a great job at taking a perhaps forgotten woman or women and bringing them back to life I had never heard of Frances Marion or Mary Pickford prior to reading this, but now I feel a connection to these two trailblazers of the film industry A story that began with two women once girls One golden haired, one with raven locks Standing next to each other on a porch, gazing up at a night full of stars I fell in love with Benjamin s work when I read The Aviator s Wife a few years ago She does a great job at taking a perhaps forgotten woman or women and bringing them back to life I had never heard of Frances Marion or Mary Pickford prior to reading this, but now I feel a connection to these two trailblazers of the film industry The Girls in the Picture is a quieter, slower novel than those I normally read, but it delves deep into its characters developments and lives Their emotions and thoughts are brought to life through Benjamin s skilled writing I enjoyed learning about an area of history I knew so little of, which is something I always look forward to in my historical fiction flag 11 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 26, 2019 Asheley rated it really liked it When I started this book, I had never heard of Mary Pickford or Frances Marion so when the synopsis described them as women who shaped the movies I was curious The story begins in 1914 Fran has moved to LA to pursue the arts She meets actress Mary Pickford and the two hit it off easily Mary has had a very successful career thus far working with flickers which are short, silent moving pictures sort of a precursor to silent films as most of us know them Even though Fran loves the rapidly When I started this book, I had never heard of Mary Pickford or Frances Marion so when the synopsis described them as women who shaped the movies I was curious The story begins in 1914 Fran has moved to LA to pursue the arts She meets actress Mary Pickford and the two hit it off easily Mary has had a very successful career thus far working with flickers which are short, silent moving pictures sort of a precursor to silent films as most of us know them Even though Fran loves the rapidly growing filmmaking industry, she doesn t really want to act She loves the creative process of writing the stories, however, so she becomes what they call a scenarist Fran and Mary end up collaborating on many films, as they both have an intensive desire to be creative and to expand the industry and how things are done within it The best of friends, they both rise to the top of their crafts, and they live very glamorous lives as a result.I loved this book and everything that I was able to learn about these two women and the film industry Even though much about this story is fiction you can read the Author s Note in the book for information about this , it is fascinating to me that there is clearly so much research that went into creating this story I had no idea about what went into creating movies in the early 1900 s because, honestly, I ve never cared that much about movies from this period of time But as I was reading, I was so enad with what I was reading that there was a point where I stopped long enough to watch one of Mary s silent movies and it really expanded the story for me To be able to see Mary Pickford one of the films mentioned in the narrative, acting in the way the story indicates it was just really cool I think it puts so much into perspective about how movies have grown and changed over time, which is cool for someone like me who genuinely enjoys modern movies so much Another interesting thing about the story is how much influence these two women had in the industry and exactly how much they had to work for it It certainly seems like their male counterparts did not have to work to be taken seriously Yes, Mary and Fran were creatives and decision makers during their career, making their own art and owning their own businesses, but they lived during a time when women just didn t have the same amount of freedom in that market as they do today they just didn t So their decisions were vetoed or second guessed by husbands or other men in power As much as this annoyed me while I read, I can t even begin to know how irritating it must have been for them especially when they had to make changes to a film or something they d created because of this ALSO, sidenote the famous casting couch that we have heard so much about during the MeToo movement Well, it was a thing during Mary Pickford s movie days too Isn t that just something With all of the glamour and stress of Hollywood, there is strain on the relationship between Fran and Mary at various times, sure I mean, these two women aren t exactly alike even though they were the best of friends They had their jealousies and insecurities, and those come out during this story It broke my heart to read about these times, but these things happen in any relationship I enjoyed reading about Fran s romantic relationship with her husband than anything else in the story, and of the two POV s Fran and Mary , I feel like I connected most with Fran But every little detail in this one is special and well worth the read I think readers that enjoy well investigated historical fiction about women would like this one I also think readers that enjoy movies and old Hollywood glamour will enjoy it I was really able to paint a picture of this story in my head as I read, and when the story was over, I felt like I had lost these people from my life The story spans a lot of years, so it is broad in its scope, and it really is just really well done I received this book for free from Wunderkind PR and the publisher in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review Thank you, Wunderkind PR and RandomHouse Find this review and like it on my blog, Into the Hall of Books flag 10 likesLike see review Selena Fantastic review Asheley Sound like a wonderful book Thank you for sharing Jan 26, 2019 10 36PM Jan 14, 2018 Dawn Michelle rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves already own, free book, netgalley, books read in 2018, kindle read, historical fiction read This was a very good read and I am grateful to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this ARC Going into this book, I knew very little about Mary Pickford and absolutely nothing about Frances Marion I had had a class in high school on film and its origins and how it advanced over the years, so I have seen Mary Pickford on the big screen and knew of some of the movies they talked about especially Poor Little Rich Girl , but her backstory I was clueless about And, I had no idea that so man This was a very good read and I am grateful to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this ARC Going into this book, I knew very little about Mary Pickford and absolutely nothing about Frances Marion I had had a class in high school on film and its origins and how it advanced over the years, so I have seen Mary Pickford on the big screen and knew of some of the movies they talked about especially Poor Little Rich Girl , but her backstory I was clueless about And, I had no idea that so many of them were written by a woman and that that woman was also Mary s closest friend or as close a friend as Mary could tolerate Frances Marion s story is simply amazing The things that she overcame and the prejudices that she fought against daily and won against is simply a Hollywood story unto itself I absolutely loved Fran s story she was so very brave, and even though she drew off of Mary s talent initially and strength, she later proved that she was worth all the accolades that were being showered upon her and she deserved every one of them watch The Champ with Jackie Cooper that is a great movie and really shows off her writing skills Even in her sorrow, she kept fighting and for me, she is a huge roll model to all those who think they will never make it through the struggle Mary, on the other hand, was a spoiled, obnoxious woman who truly only lived for the fame she was an absolute product of her environment Her upbringing was horrible and her longing for real love and also a life made her ultimately, a very unhappy, vain alcoholic who died very much alone I really enjoyed how this book was written Mary, with her artificial, shallow life, could never have carried off the first person narrative having Fran carry that part was pure genius Her life, and her experiences which were much varied and expansive than Mary s made the book so very interesting and having it written as first person was perfect I highly recommend this book it was a great read and proof that Melanie Benjamin has really got it in regards to excellent historical fiction flag 10 likesLike see review Jul 01, 2017 Linda rated it really liked it review of another edition Thank you NetGalley for the advance copy of this e book Before reading this book is knew very little about Mary Pickford, and Frances Marion, I had never heard her name Which after reading Melanie Benjamin book that was my introduction to Frances Marion and in a way also Mary Pickford The Girls in the Picture alternates between the two women s perspectives Melanie Benjamin s book starts in 1969 where Frances barges into Mary so bedroom after learning she was extremely ill, she felt that she Thank you NetGalley for the advance copy of this e book Before reading this book is knew very little about Mary Pickford, and Frances Marion, I had never heard her name Which after reading Melanie Benjamin book that was my introduction to Frances Marion and in a way also Mary Pickford The Girls in the Picture alternates between the two women s perspectives Melanie Benjamin s book starts in 1969 where Frances barges into Mary so bedroom after learning she was extremely ill, she felt that she needed a friend Then jumps to 1915 where Frances who is twice divorced meets Gladys Louise Smith, who had by then changed her name to Mary Pickford Mary is staring in her first movie, at that time were called flickers two became fast friends Mary is the one who gives Frances her first job as a screenwriter As movies became popular, audiences were noticing that the actors lip movements were not saying the same dialogue as what was being shown on the screen The story of these two women continue their friendship through good times, bad times, divorce, Together they stand up to the men that controlled the movie industry and they each become very successful, especially that women in the movie industry in that period had very little control over their own careers Mary becomes the first actor to have her name on a movie marquee and the first actor to become an international celebrity Marion who was the first screenwriter to win two Academy awards Marion worked as a journalist and served overseas during WW1, She documented women should contributions to the war efforts nurses, typists, messengers, and support staff Marion became the first woman to cross the Rhine after the armistice Both women were ahead of their time, with their achievements in their professional life Both were the highest paid in their respective careers They were able to achieve status that were uncommon for women during this period, and even in today s standards I received this e book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review Thank you NetGalley 4.5 stars flag 11 likesLike see review Jan 25, 2018 Elizabeth rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves historical fiction, 2018 publication, netgalley I m not going to spend a lot of time writing this review I really and truly disliked this novel I had a tough time even getting through it and as I try to figure out exactly why I have to believe that I just didn t like any of the characters They were blah The story was the same Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Ballentine for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review flag 10 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jan 25, 2019 The Lit Bitch rated it really liked it review of another edition I am going to be horribly superficial for a minute The first thing that caught my eye with this book was the cover I am a sucker for a beautiful cover and this book has exactly that.I didn t even read what the book was about, all I knew was that it had a stunning cover that clearly said historical fiction and so I made a snap decision and said yes to reviewing it.This book is written by Melanie Benjamin, who has written other best selling novels such as, The Aviator s Wife and The Swans of F I am going to be horribly superficial for a minute The first thing that caught my eye with this book was the cover I am a sucker for a beautiful cover and this book has exactly that.I didn t even read what the book was about, all I knew was that it had a stunning cover that clearly said historical fiction and so I made a snap decision and said yes to reviewing it.This book is written by Melanie Benjamin, who has written other best selling novels such as, The Aviator s Wife and The Swans of Fifth Avenue Knowing that she was an experienced writer only strengthened my excitement to start reading this book.I love old Hollywood and reading this book brought to life a lot of the classic appeal of the silver screen in it s hay day I know only a few tidbits about Mary Pickford and Frances Marion prior to reading this book I thought that author did a lovely job describing the women and portraying their friendship in this book.I especially loved reading about the struggles of women in the early days of Hollywood I thought that the author did a solid job with the historical details of old Hollywood itself as well as the time period Because of this book, I was eager to read about the two main characters, Mary and Frances I thought the author did a lot of research and also worked to maintain the integrity and personalities of the real characters.The thing that troubled me about this book however was the way it ended The ending it self wasn t horrible, but the time period in which it ended bothered me I felt that the author did such a solid job covering the early and middle years of their friendship, but the later years were barely ouched on In my opinion this book should have ended sooner so to close on a higher, stronger note than it did.I hate when a book leaves me undesired Did I love this book enough to give it 4 stars or did the ending bother me enough to give it only 3 In the end, I tipped the scale to a 4 star review since I hate doing half stars It was really good except for the ending and the power couple in Mary and Frances was a joy to read so I went with the higher rating.See my full review here flag 9 likesLike see review Dan Lutts Thanks for the nice review I ve always read that one of the most important parts of a book is its cover And you reinforced that principle Jan 26, 2019 07 04PM previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Play Book Tag The Girls in the Picture Benjamin 2 stars 2 12 Oct 24, 2018 08 58PM Ticket to Read Bo The Girls in the Picture 1 6 Apr 21, 2018 09 19PM Play Book Tag The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin, 3.2 stars 1 15 Mar 24, 2018 05 52AM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed Melanie Benjamin is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels THE SWANS OF FIFTH AVENUE and THE AVIATOR S WIFE, as well as the national bestseller ALICE I HAVE BEEN, and THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MRS TOM THUMB THE GIRLS IN THE PICTURE, about the creative, feminist friendship between Mary Pickford and Frances Marion, icons of early Hollywood, will be out in January 2018 She lives in the Chicago area with her husband and is currently at work on her next historical novel Books by Melanie Benjamin More Trivia About The Girls in the No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now Quotes from The Girls in the No, this was the career I wanted a writer could be employed for as long as she could hold a pencil for as long as her mind still held out But an actress even an actress like Mary had a fleeting shelf life 3 likes The girls we d believed to have been lost in the haze of regret and recrimination that comes with surviving in the unscrupulous business this unjust world But it turned out they d been here all along, these two caught forever in a shared moment, preserved together in a silver frame 2 likes More quotes renderRatingGraph 736, 1605, 1295, 347, 81 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms Privacy Help Work with us Authors Advertise Authors ads blog API Connect 2019 , Inc Mobile version

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