Book writing update

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I have been taking every available moment to work on my Helen Gardner biography. Right now, I’m writing the chapter on Gardner’s early years with Vitagraph Company of America, the leading movie production company of the time. She was hired in 1910 as a member of their stock company of thirty players. Her first film was HOW SHE WON HIM, released late that year. Unfortunately, the film is “lost,” but several subsequent ones have survived and I am studying them closely so I can describe her acting style for my readers. Gardner was a wonderful, beautiful, intelligent actress who took her work very seriously. My next chapter will be on her great hit, VANITY FAIR (1911), and this will be so much fun to work on as she was fantastic in it! This was the film that made her a star.

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