- Copertina flessibile: 376 pagine
- Editore: Bear Manor Media (31 gennaio 2006)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 1593930364
- ISBN-13: 978-1593930363
- Peso di spedizione: 544 g
I Can't Wait to Be Forgotten (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 31 gen 2006
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Book by OBrien Scott
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That said, Scott O'Brien's bio of Ms. Francis managed to flesh out the real Kay Francis who was in many ways not that far removed from many of the characters she portrayed. Precocious and bright, it seems like Kay Francis always knew where she was going. As a post WWI feminist who advocated womens rights and sexual freedom, she took a gig as a social secretary to a NYC society maven, but Francis' goal was a career on the stage. From there, she managed to acquire and lose three husbands, practice open marriage, engage in relationships with both sexes (though she appears to be predominantly heterosexual). With the advent of sound, she came out to Hollywood to work for Paramount Studios. She eventually signed a long-term contract with Warner Brothers where she pre-dated Bette Davis as the queen of the lot. Her mercurial rise to stardom lead to a slow but steady decline when she fell out of favor with studio head Jack Warner. She rode out the remainder of her Warners contract in increasingly mediocre films for the money. After the Warners period was over, she freelanced and/or signed short term contracts and appeared in some of the best noir films produced by the little studios such as Alotment Wives. It was a somewhat curious fact that she got a career facelift of sorts in minimalist films. The 1950's led to more stage work and eventual retirement and then death on her terms.
What I found refreshing about Scott O'Brien's take on Francis, was unlike an adoring fan, he managed to maintain a fair objectivity toward his subject without approaching some sort of unrealistic adoration. O'Brien took on the daunting task of researching Francis and getting under her skin. While Francis was quite accepting of the concept of being forgotten, O'Brien has guaranteed her a new fanbase.