David W. Menefee Sweet Memories

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Sweet Memories

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While making sweet memories in a world of make-believe, Mary Pickford discovers that love appears brightest when she least expects. Pulitzer-nominated author David W. Menefee’s new fiction novel presents a memoir by Charlotte Pickford, Mary’s mother, who vividly reveals their ambitions, triumphs, and tears. Thrill to the dazzling all-star cast of characters in the enduring story of an indomitable girl’s vision of victory, and her mother’s untiring endeavors to achieve those dreams no matter what the cost. Before Mary Pickford became famous as a silent movie star, she was Gladys Smith, a little girl from Toronto, who earned her family’s bread and butter by portraying children long after her own childhood passed. Sweet Memories fades in on Mary after ten years of touring the back roads of Broadway, when the sixteen-year-old, lovely as a spring rose, faces the greatest challenge of her life. Caught on a merry-go-round making movies, worldwide adulation elevates her onto an unsteady pedestal as The Biograph Girl, where labor and love mix like oil and water. During the tempest of adoration, only Charlotte stands by her side, and only Owen abides in her heart. Together, they join a band of independent filmmakers in Cuba, but none of them suspect that they have unwittingly set sail on an explosive adventure that will take a lifetime to forget. David W. Menefee is the Pulitzer nominated author of WALLY: THE TRUE WALLACE REID STORY (Foreword by Robert Osborne), and THE RISE AND FALL OF LOU-TELLEGEN, both of which were named among the Best Silent Film Books of 2011 by Thomas Gladysz in the San Francisco Examiner's annual ranking. David's other popular works include the monumental SARAH BERNHARDT, HER FILMS, HER RECORDINGS (Foreword by Kevin Brownlow), RICHARD BARTHELMESS: A LIFE IN PICTURES (named one of the Top Film Books of 2009), THE REMARKABLE MR. MESSING, BROTHERS OF THE STORM, and the popular MARGOT CRANSTON detective series.

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From the Author :

The following are excerpts from a Q&A appearing on the June 1-3, 2012 Mary Pickford Blogathon on ClassicMovieBlog: Q: What inspired you to write about this period in Mary Pickford's life? A: The first decade of American filmmaking was filled with exciting and explosive developments. At first, no one thought they were forging a new art form; they were merely supplying cheap entertainment for the masses. Nevertheless, an art form did develop, one that drew elements from theater, ballet, literature, painting, music, and sculpture, and merged them into an altogether new experience. By around 1910, this fact had become clear to certain filmmakers, and Mary Pickford was one of those accidentally pioneering in the new art. They fully realized that they were onto something unique when The New York Times began reviewing films, bestowing onto them the same respect previously reserved for theater, ballet, literature, painting, music, and sculpture.  Q: Why did you decide to tell the story through Charlotte's eyes? A: By the written accounts left by those who knew Charlotte Pickford, she was the unheralded mover and shaker behind Mary's unique and phenomenal success, involved in nearly every detail of Mary, Jack, and Lottie's careers, but someone who has remained outside the spotlight, standing silently in their shadows. Although her influence resonates through Mary's autobiography and those of others, she never wrote her memoirs, unlike Margaret L. Talmadge, who wrote The Talmadge Sisters, a memoir about Norma, Constance, and Natalie Talmadge. Charlotte probably would have written a memoir had she lived longer, so I wanted to give her a voice, but I desired that the voice ring true, as if Sweet Memories sprang from her and solidly reflected the facts. With Mary, any writer will be vilified if he or she strays from the facts, so I had to perform due diligence and research every written account on record and stay on a straight and narrow course with those facts. This task was difficult to accomplish, but there were enough clues in the writings of others to light the path clearly. Fortunately, those 1909-1913 years were so full of turbulent drama that the fictionalization required was only minimal. I pieced together Charlotte's personality into a mosaic-like filter, and then channeled each incident through that screen so that the details were accurately retold from her point of view. I imagine that Sweet Memories reads spot on as reminisces springing directly from Charlotte. Sweet Memories also was written to be a film, and so the story flows neatly and swiftly in a way that lends to one sitting, as it will be when the film version is made. Q: Would you ever consider writing a sequel to cover Pickford's Hollywood career and later life? A: Yes, if I can put my thumb on the core drama around which the story will fall. There is a recurring  problem with fashioning a scenario from the long life of a famous person. Most take the approach of telescoping their entire life down to about two hours, and the result always disappoints. (Think of other silent film bioflicks, such as Chaplin, The Buster Keaton Story, Valentino, The Man of a Thousand Faces.)  A better approach is just the opposite: to pluck a single segment from their life and expand and amplify that, which is exactly what I accomplished with Sweet Memories. One of the questions I would most like to pose to participants in the Mary Pickford Blogathon is: what do you think is the single most dramatic turn of events in Mary's later career? I already imagine it may be her struggle to play little girls while ever advancing in age, but I'd like to know what other people think. Q: You have done heaps of research in archives and libraries over the years, and have put much of this information into several books. Do you have plans to write any future titles based on this research? A: Yes. Many of us particularly enjoy reading the first-hand accounts by those who were actually there. I've had a long-standing desire to pull together Gene Gauntier's autobiography that has been swept beneath the sands of time and embellish the work with hundreds of photos and illustrations, a fully detailed filmography, and a comprehensive portrait gallery, a monumental task that will take many years. I'm already working on this project, and expect to have the work completed and ready to publish in 2020.  Q: What are some interesting things that you learned while doing that research? Is there anything that stood out as especially surprising or fascinating? A: Yes, the sheer volume of material that is out there with collectors, libraries, and archives, but much of which has never been inventoried, acknowledged, or which is hidden away and unavailable to anyone. In a fluke accident, I discovered in one library a neglected file cabinet in the back of which was a box of microfiche from the 1960s that contained forgotten oral histories of several hundred filmmakers from the early 1900s to the 1960s. The librarians had no knowledge of the mislaid box, and none of the oral histories had ever been inventoried. A lack of funding and minimal staffing are genuine issues with most institutions and archives nowadays, and many of them have collections that are stuffed away in back rooms and basements, where they are turning yellow or gathering dust, and no one even knows what's in them.   In another archive, I found a reel of film that contained segments of film with Sarah Bernhardt, but I knew the footage was from none of her known movies. The random shots were intercut with clips from 1950s wrestling matches and 1940s beauty pageants, if you can even imagine such a nonsensical hodgepodge. When I extracted the Bernhardt footage and reassembled the shots, the end result was The Death Scene from Daniel (1922), a silent film with subtitles and carefully lit camera setups that had been completely lost, forgotten, unrecorded, and unknown to all of her earlier biographers. That film has been released on the Mothers of France silent film restoration DVD. In another instance, one star's surviving family member had inherited more than sixty big boxes overfilled with tens of thousands of rare photographs and scrapbooks the star had left behind, but the family member had never taken the time to go through them. Most of the material was one-of-a-kind, and no one had seen any of it in more than eighty years.    Q: You mentioned that you fell in love with Mary when you saw a showing of one of her films in a theater. Which movie was that? What about it, and her, appealed to you? A: Poor Little Rich Girl (1917). Who cannot help but identify with the story of the child trapped in one set of circumstances but longing to be in another? Even when life is good, which life is for Gwen, a person can be miserable if they're not where they should be in the world. Mary's real-life kindness, rebellious temperament, fighting spirit, and radiant personality seems to glow from every scene, and the close-ups seem to penetrate her soul.  Q: Do you have a favorite Pickford movie? Sparrows (1926), which seems to possess a timeless quality, perhaps because the movie features so many scenes with children who were captured being themselves, not acting. That one element bestows the movie with a realism not always found in movies. I also still enjoy watching the gripping one-reeler The Lonely Villa (1909), because the movie still packs a punch, and because the movie features one her very first film appearances. Those film firsts, like Lillian and Dorothy Gish in An Unseen Enemy, are moments in which we get to glimpse what we now know are the births of legends.     

About the Author :

Pulitzer nominated author David W. Menefee is an American author, ghost writer, screenwriter, book editor, and film historian. His writing career began as a writer and marketing representative for the Dallas Times Herald and the Dallas Morning News. In 2004, David struck out on his own as a freelance writer. In 2009, the esteemed film historian's RICHARD BARTHELMESS: A LIFE IN PICTURES was named one of the Top 10 Film Books of the Year. In 2010, GEORGE O'BRIEN: A MAN'S MAN IN HOLLYWOOD and "OTAY! THE BILLY "BUCKWHEAT" THOMAS STORY were popular hits. In 2011 his WALLY: THE TRUE WALLACE REID STORY (Foreword by Robert Osborne) was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and was named one of the Top 10 Books of the Year by the San Francisco Examiner along with his THE RISE AND FALL OF LOU-TELLEGEN. David’s other literary works include THE REMARKABLE MR. MESSING (soon to be a motion picture), the unforgettable Black American history novel BROTHERS OF THE STORM, the paranormal love story CHARLIE O'DOONE'S SECOND CHANCE, the spine-tingling MARGOT CRANSTON detective series, the unusual FALLING STARS: 10 WHO TRIED TO BE A MOVIE STAR, and the monumental SARAH BERNHARDT, HER FILMS, HER RECORDINGS (Foreword by Kevin Brownlow). David lives in Dallas, Texas, USA.

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