On the left: the Wise Wizard; On the right: Irving Thalberg. You decide!

Page 25 – Plate V: The Wise Wizard

by Kelley Smoot Garrett
Austin, Texas

This week we get to contemplate Letitia’s inspiration for the Wise Wizard.

Since publication of Princess April Morning-Glory I’ve greatly increased my participation in social media focusing on Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, silent films, and original Hollywood. One of the people I’ve had the pleasure to ‘meet’ online is Gwen Kramer of Movies, Silently. Gwen has conducted formidable research into silent films, including the back-stories and ancillary activities like screenwriting.

I sent Gwen a copy of Princess April Morning-Glory for review (and if there are other reviewers who would like copies, please request an ARC copy today!) and asked her who might have been the inspiration for the various portraits and I really like her nomination for the Wise Wizard: Irving Thalberg.

On the left: the Wise Wizard; On the right: Irving Thalberg.  You decide!

On the left: the Wise Wizard; On the right: Irving Thalberg. You decide!

As Gwen wrote, “This may seem odd but the moment I saw the illustration I thought “Irving Thalberg” He was, after all, the Boy Wonder.” From the Wikipedia site

He was called “The Boy Wonder” for his youth and his extraordinary ability to select the right scripts, choose the right actors, gather the best production staff and make hundreds of very profitable films, including Grand Hotel, China Seas, Camille, Mutiny on the Bounty and The Good Earth. His films carved out a major international market, “projecting a seductive image of American life brimming with vitality and rooted in democracy and personal freedom,” states biographer Roland Flamini.”

Till next week, dear readers…

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