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Anita Loos rediscovered : film treatments and fiction
Loos, Anita, 1893-1981.
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Berkeley : University of California Press, [2003]

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xii, 310 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Anita Loos (1888-1981) was one of Hollywood's most respected and prolific screenwriters, as well as an acclaimed novelist and playwright. This unique collection of previously unpublished film treatments, short stories, and one-act plays spans fifty years of her creative writing and showcases the breadth and depth of her talent. Beginning in 1912 with the stories she submitted from her San Diego home (some made into films by D. W. Griffith), through her collaboration with Colette on the play Gigi, Anita Loos wrote almost every day for the screen, stage, books, or magazines. Film scripts include San Francisco, The Women, and Red-Headed Woman. The list of stars for whom she created unforgettable roles includes Mary Pickford, Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Audrey Hepburn, and Carol Channing.

This collection has been selected by Anita's niece and close friend, the best-selling author Mary Anita Loos, together with the acclaimed film historian Cari Beauchamp. Their essays are laced throughout the volume, introducing each section and giving previously untold insights and behind-the-scenes stories about Anita--her life, her friendships, and her times.

Author Notes

Cari Beauchamp is the author of Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood (California, 1998) and Hollywood on the Riviera: The Inside Story of the Cannes Film Festival (1992). Mary Anita Loos is the author of A Pride of Lovers (1981), The Barstow Legend (1978), Belinda (1976), and The Beggars Are Coming (1974).

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Booklist Review

Hollywood historian Beauchamp offers an enticing glimpse into the temperament of prolific and gifted screenwriter, novelist, and playwright Anita Loos (1888-1981) when she observes that Loos "put much thought and effort into appearing carefree." As Beauchamp briskly chronicles Loos' unusual life, and Loos' niece, Mary Anita Loos, shares her personal reminiscences, the "elfin" Loos, author of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, the film script for The Women, and dozens of other works, comes into focus as relentlessly hardworking, smart, witty, generous, and profoundly lonely. Loos launched her brilliant career in 1912 by sending an unsolicited story idea to D. W. Griffith. One hit followed another, but happiness eluded Loos once she married an insecure scoundrel who cheated on her, squandered her painstakingly earned fortune, and landed in a psychiatric asylum. The maddening complexities inherent in relationships between men and women, and society's entrenched misogyny, became Loos' endlessly fertile subjects, as is evident in the marvelously piquant and dazzlingly inventive stories and film treatments gathered in this essential addition to American letters and the history of film. --Donna Seaman Copyright 2003 Booklist

Library Journal Review

This is a unique, in-depth tribute to groundbreaking Hollywood screenwriter Loos. Edited and annotated by niece Mary Anita (A Pride of Lovers) and Beauchamp (Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood), this work collects Loos's previously unpublished stories, film treatments, and short plays-many of which were written with particular screen stars in mind (e.g., Douglas Fairbanks, Buster Keaton, and Jeannette MacDonald). A wealth of biographical information is thoughtfully interspersed among these writings: Beauchamp, for instance, chronicles Anita's personal life and professional rise, while Mary Anita shares touching reminiscences of her aunt; both writers offer candid details about Loos's family, famous friendships, troubled marriage, and work with such film notables as D.W. Griffith and Irving Thalberg, as well as stories of career highlights such as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. A complete chronology of works, black-and-white photographs, and memorial service eulogies nicely enhance this volume. The result is a richly informative and engaging look into the life and work of a versatile woman who played a pivotal role in the emerging film industry-and whose career and success endured for decades. The diverse material is organized and presented with intelligence and blends artfully into a cohesive whole. For circulating libraries and performing arts collections.-Carol J. Binkowski, Bloomfield, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Plates follow page
ForewordMary Anita Loos
IntroductionCari Beauchamp
Anita Loos and her Stories from San Diego, 1888-1915
The School of Acting
The Highbrow Plagiarism
The Man Who Looked Up
By Way of France Jane Wins
Out A Ride with Billy
Hollywood Successs and International Fame, 1915-1930
The Heart That Has Truly Loved Play for Mr. Fairbanks
All Men Are Equal
Where Does Annie Belong?
The Moving Pictures of Blinkville
My First Memories of Aunt AnitaMary Anita Loos
Return to Hollywood, 1931-1944Winkie Boy
Suggestion for Keaton Story Evelina
Women in Uniform
Aunt Anita's Romances and FriendshipsMary Anita Loos
New York at Last, 1944-1981
It Pays to Advertise One More HeroineMr. Sherard
Travels with Aunt AnitaMary Anita Loos
Anita Loos's Memorial Service, August 27, 1981
Works by Anita Loos