About the Author
Letitia Fairbanks

Letitia Fairbanks, the niece of Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Mary Pickford, lived a life guided by artistic passions. In 1939, wanting to commemorate her late uncle, Letitia began work on Princess April Morning-Glory, allowing a creative outlet for combining her lifelong loves: painting, writing, and illustration.

Holding firm to her artistic identify, Letitia gravitated toward portraiture, landscapes, and still-lifes. She was also a biographer, co-authoring Douglas Fairbanks: The Fourth Musketeer, with Ralph Hancock. Her marriage to Hal Smoot in 1966 marked the beginning of a particularly joyful and creative period. Needle points and annual Christmas cards, which featured a painting from the previous year, not to mention her role as a wife, mother, step-mother and grandmother brought her much fulfillment. After a life rich in artistic accomplishment, Letitia passed away in September of 1992.

Letitia’s photo by Carlyle Blackwell Jr for Paul A. Hesse studios
About the Producer
Kelley Smoot Garrett

Kelley Smoot Garrett was born in Dallas, raised in Manhattan and has lived the life of a West Texas wildcatter as well that of an IT professional. At one time or another in her life she’s called places as diverse as Scourie, Scotland; Austin, Abilene and Midland, Texas; Singapore; Paris; and Auckland, New Zealand — home. She is proud to be the daughter of Sue Ashby and Harold Smoot and the step-daughter of Letitia Fairbanks Smoot. She currently lives with her husband Danny Garrett, three cats, and one happy only-dog, Moxie, in the Texas Hill Country.

Kelley’s hair & make-up by Becky Joyce at Pink Slipper Hair and Make-up — Austin, Texas
Kelley’s photo by Red Rogue Studios — Austin, Texas
About the Restoration Artist
Danny Garrett

Danny Garrett is best known for his contributions to music ephemera of Austin, Texas, especially in its heady early days in the 1970s. His pen & ink poster portraiture advertising the latest shows were a must-have addition to any blues-lover who saw such greats as Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, and so many more at the legendary Antones nightclub.As computers came of age, Danny adapted and began working for digital game companies, later transitioning to teaching both traditional and digital art.

While holding a tenured position at Auckland University of Technology in the Graphic Arts Dept., Danny developed digital techniques to restore Letitia’s artwork to its full glory, and render the previously unprintable pages, printable. Second only to Letitia, we would not finally be reading copies of Princess April Morning-Glory had Danny not graciously volunteered to take this project on.

A sampling of Danny's art can be seen in the recently-published book "Homegrown: Austin Music Posters: 1967 to 1982

Danny’s photo by Gary Fortin
About the Copywriter
Amanda Millner-Fairbanks

Amanda Letitia Millner-Fairbanks is the granddaughter of Letitia Fairbanks. She is a graduate of Smith College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. As a journalist, her work has appeared in The New York Times, the Boston Globe, Newsweek, and The Huffington Post, among other publications.

All text and images are copyright © 2012 Sandramantos Publishing, LLC, 1992 Ella Letitia Fairbanks Smoot Family Trust, 1941 Letitia Fairbanks.

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