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The Girls in the Picture By Melanie Benjamin The Girls in the Picture An intimate portrait of the close friendship and powerful creative partnership between two of Hollywood s earliest female superstars Frances Marion and Mary Pickford An enchanting new novel from the N

  • Title: The Girls in the Picture
  • Author: Melanie Benjamin
  • ISBN: 9781101886809
  • Page: 356
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Girls in the Picture By Melanie Benjamin An intimate portrait of the close friendship and powerful creative partnership between two of Hollywood s earliest female superstars Frances Marion and Mary Pickford An enchanting new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue and The Aviator s Wife.Hollywood, 1914 Frances Marion, a young writer desperate for a break, meets America sAn intimate portrait of the close friendship and powerful creative partnership between two of Hollywood s earliest female superstars Frances Marion and Mary Pickford An enchanting new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue and The Aviator s Wife.Hollywood, 1914 Frances Marion, a young writer desperate for a break, meets America s Sweetheart, Mary Pickford, already making a name for herself both on and off the screen with her golden curls and lively spirit Together, these two women will take the movie business by storm.Mary Pickford becomes known as the Queen of the Movies the first actor to have her name on a movie marquee, and the first to become a truly international celebrity Mary and her husband, Douglas Fairbanks, were America s first Royal Couple, living in a home famous that Buckingham Palace Mary won the first Academy Award for Best Actress in a Talkie and was the first to put her hand and footprints in Grauman s theater sidewalk Her annual salary in 1919 was 625,000 at a time when women s salaries peaked at 10 a week Frances Marion is widely considered one of the most important female screenwriters of the 20th century, and was the first writer to win multiple Academy Awards The close personal friendship between the two stars was closely linked to their professional collaboration and success.This is a novel about power the power of women during the exhilarating
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    1. Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader on said:

      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 [...]

    2. Julie on said:

      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 P [...]

    3. Theresa Alan on said:

      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 Ma [...]

    4. Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine) on said:

      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 calli [...]

    5. JanB on said:

      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 histo [...]

    6. Marialyce on said:

      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, an [...]

    7. Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede on said:

      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 [...]

    8. Cindy Burnett on said:

      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 [...]

    9. Lisa on said:

      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 [...]

    10. Karen on said:

      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 thes [...]

    11. ☮Karen on said:

      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 the [...]

    12. Juli on said:

      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 industr [...]

    13. Jennifer on said:

      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 [...]

    14. Toni on said:

      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 busin [...]

    15. Judy on said:

      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 f [...]

    16. Martie Nees Record on said:

      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 t [...]

    17. Tammy on said:

      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

    18. Sue on said:

      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 [...]

    19. Ethel on said:

      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 [...]

    20. Cynthia on said:

      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 [...]

    21. Candace on said:

      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 [...]

    22. Dawn Michelle on said:

      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 the [...]

    23. Linda on said:

      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 need [...]

    24. Susan Johnson on said:

      3.75 stars This book couldn t be appropriate for this day and time with the Me Too movement going on It s about the beginning of the movie picture industry with Mary Pickford, famed actress, and her best friend, Frances Marion, an extraordinary screenwriter, as the featured characters It is quite fascinating to see the movies go from shooting them on the streets to evolving into studios and eventually into the talkies Mary grew up as a child actor, traveling the rails to act in stage shows and [...]

    25. Kristy K on said:

      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 [...]

    26. Elizabeth on said:

      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.

    27. Laurel-Rain on said:

      It 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 stor [...]

    28. Good Book Fairy on said:

      4 starsFor More Reviews Like This please visit goodbookfairy The Girls In The Picture is yet another addition to Melanie Benjamin s novels that explores women of all types throughout history Until now, I thought The Aviator s Wife was her best to date, but this one comes in as a close tie Before reading this book, what I knew about America s Sweetheart, Mary Pickford, was rudimentary at best and what I knew about her best friend and famous screenwriter, Frances Marion, was even less Honestly, I [...]

    29. Angie on said:

      4.5 starsPretty much from the first page I was engrossed in this novel and didn t want to put it down Since I started reading just before Christmas, I couldn t sit and veg on it like I wanted, but as soon as I was able to do so, I did Old Hollywood has always intrigued me, and this book was particularly interesting as it started with the start of moving pictures, went clear through the silent era and on to the beginning of the talkies The two main characters, Frances Marion and Mary Pickford,wer [...]

    30. Andrea on said:

      I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review 2.5 but cannot round up.I really thought I would like this book much I am a fan of historical fiction And I enjoyed Benjamin s The Swans of Fifth Avenue I am a movie buff So I was poised to enjoy this read Not so much In fact, I was bored Acclaimed Not by me.Nonetheless, kudos to Ms Benjamin for her extensive research The scenario An intimate portrait of the close friendship and powerful creative partnership between two of Hol [...]

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