Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel

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University Press of Kentucky, Sep 26, 2013 - 384 pages
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Isaac Burns Murphy (1861--1896) was one of the most dynamic jockeys of his era. Still considered one of the finest riders of all time, Murphy was the first jockey to win the Kentucky Derby three times, and his 44 percent win record remains unmatched. Despite his success, Murphy was pushed out of Thoroughbred racing when African American jockeys were forced off the track, and he died in obscurity.

In The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy, author Pellom McDaniels III offers the first definitive biography of this celebrated athlete, whose life spanned the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the adoption of Jim Crow legislation. Despite the obstacles he faced, Murphy became an important figure -- not just in sports, but in the social, political, and cultural consciousness of African Americans. Drawing from legal documents, census data, and newspapers, this comprehensive profile explores how Murphy epitomized the rise of the black middle class and contributed to the construction of popular notions about African American identity, community, and citizenship during his lifetime.

 

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This biography of actress Ann Dvorak is well done. Dvorak is probably best known for her pre-code roles in 1932’s Scarface and Three on a Match. Somehow, despite her great work in these films, she ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
1 Vaudeville Days
7
2 Child Actress
13
3 Schoolgirl
25
4 Chorus Cutie
33
5 Scarface
49
6 Hollywoods New CInderella
63
7 Mrs Leslie Fenton
75
16 War
195
17 Ann of All Trades
207
18 Shell Shocked
217
19 Career Girl
229
20 Broadway Bound
241
21 Seasoned Professional
253
22 Enter Nick Wade
265
23 Hawaiian Hopeful
279

8 Sold Down the River
87
9 Happy Vagabonds
99
10 Prodigal Daughter
111
11 Warner Workhorse
121
12 Life Off Camera
133
13 Suspended Contract Player
151
14 Legal Eagle
165
15 Freelance Artist
183
24 The End of Everything
293
Epilogue
303
Acknowledgments
307
Filmography
311
Notes
323
Bibliography
349
Index
353
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Christina Rice is a librarian and photo archivist at the Central Library in downtown Los Angeles. (www.anndvorak.com)

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