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Anita Loos Rediscovered: Film Treatments and Fiction by the Creator of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"

Anita Loos Rediscovered: Film Treatments and Fiction by the Creator of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"
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Author: Anita Loos
Edited by: Cari Beauchamp and Mary Anita Loos
Publisher: University of California Press
Format: Hardcover
# of Pages: 322
Pub. Date: 2003
ISBN-10: 0520228944
ISBN-13: 9780520228948

About the Book:

Anita Loos was an acclaimed writer – of screenplays as well as novels and plays. For producers, especially Irving Thalberg, she was indispensable: given short timelines, she could crank out a script herself or doctor someone else's. This unique collection of previously unpublished film treatments, short stories, and one-act plays spans fifty years of her creative writing and showcases the breadth and depth of her talent.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. She's most famous for creating Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, but 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.

What people say:

"This book celebrates a character as memorable as any Anita Loos created in her writing. She was an indomitable, wise-cracking prodigy who not only helped create Hollywood, but managed to survive it." — John Sayles

"Editors Beauchamp and Loos have done tremendous work, both in making their selections and in conducting the numerous interviews that have filled out their understanding of Anita Loos and her time. Beauchamp’s comments are enlightening but never intrusive, useful for helping readers to develop their own conclusions about Loos’s life and work. Mary Anita Loos’s memoirs about her aunt are loving but honest. She provides a picture of Anita Loos that helps related the writer’s life to her work." — Journal of Film & Video

"An intriguing selection of previously unpublished film treatments, one-act plays, and short stories written over the course of [Anita Loos’s] career.... The material is colorful and well-integrated." — New York Sun

About the Author:

Anita Loos (1888-1981) was one of Hollywood's most respected and prolific screenwriters, as well as an acclaimed novelist and playwright.

Cari Beauchamp is an award winning historian and documentary filmmaker. She writes for Vanity Fair and a variety of other magazines.

Mary Anita Loos is an author and co-editor of Anita Loos Rediscovered.