Douglas Fairbanks

Last updated

Douglas Fairbanks
Douglas Fairbanks cropped.jpg
Fairbanks, late 1910s
Born
Douglas Elton Thomas Ullman

(1883-05-23)May 23, 1883
DiedDecember 12, 1939(1939-12-12) (aged 56)
Resting place Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Occupations
  • Actor
  • filmmaker
Years active1899–1934
Spouses
Anna Beth Sully
(m. 1907;div. 1919)
(m. 1920;div. 1936)
(m. 1936)
Children Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
Signature
Autograph Douglas Fairbanks.svg

Douglas Elton Fairbanks Sr. [1] (born Douglas Elton Thomas Ullman; May 23, 1883 – December 12, 1939) was an American actor and filmmaker, [2] best known for his swashbuckling roles in silent films. One of the biggest stars of the silent era, Fairbanks was referred to as "The King of Hollywood". [3] He was also a founding member of United Artists as well as the Motion Picture Academy and hosted the 1st Academy Awards in 1929.

Contents

Born in Denver, Colorado, Fairbanks started acting from an early age and established himself as an accomplished stage actor on Broadway by the late 1900s. He made his film debut in 1915 and quickly became one of the most popular and highest paid actors in Hollywood. In 1919, he co-founded United Artists alongside Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford and D. W. Griffith. Fairbanks married Pickford in 1920 and the couple came to be regarded as "Hollywood royalty". Primarily a comedic actor early in his career, he moved into the adventure genre with the 1920 film The Mark of Zorro and found further success in films including Robin Hood (1922) and The Thief of Bagdad (1924).

Fairbanks' career rapidly declined with the advent of the "talkies" in the late 1920s. His final film was The Private Life of Don Juan (1934), after which he retired from acting but continued to be marginally involved in the film industry and United Artists. He died in 1939 at the age of 56.

Early life

Fairbanks was born Douglas Elton Thomas Ullman (spelled "Ulman" by Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in his memoirs) in Denver, Colorado. His parents were Hezekiah Charles Ullman and Ella Adelaide (née Marsh) Ullman. He had two half-brothers, John Fairbanks Jr. and Norris Wilcox, [4] and a full brother, Robert Payne Ullman.

His father, known as Charles, was born in Berrysburg, Pennsylvania, and raised in Williamsport. He was the fourth child in a Jewish family consisting of six sons and four daughters. Charles's parents, Lazarus Ullman and Lydia Abrahams, had immigrated to the U.S. in 1830 from Baden, Germany. When he was 17, Charles started a small publishing business in Philadelphia. Two years later, he left for New York to study law.

Charles met Ella Adelaide Marsh after she married his friend and client John Fairbanks, a wealthy New Orleans sugar mill and plantation owner. The couple had a son, John, and shortly thereafter John Senior died of tuberculosis. Ella, born into a wealthy southern Roman Catholic family, was overprotected and knew little of her husband's business. Consequently, she was swindled out of her fortune by her husband's partners. Even the efforts of Charles Ullman, acting on her behalf, failed to regain any of the family fortune for her.

Distraught and lonely, she met and married a courtly Georgian, Edward Wilcox, who turned out to be an alcoholic. After they had another son, Norris, she divorced Wilcox, with Charles acting as her own lawyer in the suit. She soon became romantically involved with Charles and agreed to move to Denver with him to pursue mining investments. They arrived in Denver in 1881 with her son John. (Norris was left in Georgia with relatives and was never sent for by his mother.) They were married; in 1882 they had a son, Robert, and then a second son, Douglas, a year later.

Charles purchased several mining interests in the Rocky Mountains and re-established his law practice. After hearing of his wife's philandering, he abandoned the family when Douglas was five years old. Douglas and his older brother Robert were brought up by their mother, who gave them the family name Fairbanks, after her first husband.

Fairbanks was a Freemason, having been initiated at Beverly Hills Lodge No. 528. [5] [6]

Several scenes of Douglas Fairbanks in The Thief of Bagdad

Career

Early career

Fairbanks in the Broadway production A Case of Frenzied Finance, 1905 Once a Clown, Always a Clown-p175a.png
Fairbanks in the Broadway production A Case of Frenzied Finance, 1905

Douglas Fairbanks began acting at an early age, in amateur theatre on the Denver stage, performing in summer stock at the Elitch Theatre, and other productions sponsored by Margaret Fealy, who ran an acting school for young people in Denver. [7] He attended Denver East High School, and was expelled for cutting the strings on the school piano. [7]

He left school in the spring of 1899, at the age of 15. [7] He variously claimed to have attended Colorado School of Mines and Harvard University, but neither claim is true. He went with the acting troupe of Frederick Warde, beginning a cross-country tour in September 1899. He toured with Warde for two seasons, functioning in dual roles, both as actor and as the assistant stage manager in his second year with the group. [7]

After two years he moved to New York, where he found his first Broadway role in Her Lord and Master, which premiered in February 1902. He worked in a hardware store and as a clerk in a Wall Street office between acting jobs. [8] His Broadway appearances included the popular A Gentleman from Mississippi in 1908–09. On July 11, 1907, Fairbanks married Anna Beth Sully, the daughter of wealthy industrialist Daniel J. Sully, in Watch Hill, Rhode Island. They had one son, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., also a noted actor. The family moved to Los Angeles in 1915.[ citation needed ]

Hollywood

D. W. Griffith, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin (seated) and Fairbanks at the signing of the contract establishing United Artists in 1919 United Artists contract signature 1919.jpg
D. W. Griffith, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin (seated) and Fairbanks at the signing of the contract establishing United Artists in 1919

After moving to Los Angeles, Fairbanks signed a contract with Triangle Pictures in 1915 and began working under the supervision of D. W. Griffith. His first film was titled The Lamb, in which he debuted the athletic abilities that would gain him wide attention among theatre audiences. [9] His athleticism was not appreciated by Griffith, however, and he was brought to the attention of Anita Loos and John Emerson, who wrote and directed many of his early romantic comedies.

In 1916, Fairbanks established his own company, the Douglas Fairbanks Film Corporation, [10] and would soon get a job at Paramount. [10]

Fairbanks speaking in front of a crowd at a 1918 war bond drive in New York City Douglas Fairbanks at third Liberty Loan rally HD-SN-99-02174.JPEG
Fairbanks speaking in front of a crowd at a 1918 war bond drive in New York City

Fairbanks met actress Mary Pickford at a party in 1916, and the couple soon began an affair. In 1917, they joined Fairbanks's friend Charlie Chaplin [9] selling war bonds by train across the United States and delivering pro-war speeches as Four Minute Men. Pickford and Chaplin were the two highest-paid film stars in Hollywood at that time. To curtail these stars' astronomical salaries, the large studios attempted to monopolize distributors and exhibitors. By 1918, Fairbanks was Hollywood's most popular actor, [11] and within three years of his arrival, his popularity and business acumen raised him to the third-highest paid.

In 1917, Fairbanks capitalized on his rising popularity by publishing a self-help book, Laugh and Live, which extolled the power of positive thinking and self-confidence in raising one's health, business and social prospects. [12]

To avoid being controlled by the studios and to protect their independence, Fairbanks, Pickford, Chaplin, and D. W. Griffith formed United Artists in 1919, which created their own distributorships and gave them complete artistic control over their films and the profits generated.

The Mark of Zorro FairbanksMarkofZorro.jpg
The Mark of Zorro

Sully was granted a divorce from Fairbanks in late 1918, the judgment being finalized early the following year. After the divorce, the actor was determined to have Pickford become his wife, but she was still married to actor Owen Moore. Fairbanks finally gave her an ultimatum. She then obtained a rapid divorce in the small Nevada town of Minden on March 2, 1920. Fairbanks leased the Beverly Hills mansion Grayhall and was rumored to have used it during his courtship of Pickford. The couple married on March 28, 1920. Pickford's divorce from Moore was contested by Nevada legislators, however, and the dispute was not settled until 1922. Even though the lawmakers objected to the marriage, the public widely supported the idea of "Everybody's Hero" marrying "America's Sweetheart". That enthusiasm, in fact, extended far beyond the borders of the United States. Later, while honeymooning in Europe, Fairbanks and Pickford were warmly greeted by large crowds in London and Paris. Both internationally and at home, the celebrated couple were regarded as "Hollywood Royalty" and became famous for entertaining at "Pickfair", their Beverly Hills estate.

Fairbanks as Zorro in The Mark of Zorro (1920) The Mark of Zorro (1920) - 3.jpg
Fairbanks as Zorro in The Mark of Zorro (1920)
Fairbanks as Robin Hood in Robin Hood (1922) Fairbanks Robin Hood standing by wall w sword.jpg
Fairbanks as Robin Hood in Robin Hood (1922)

By 1920, Fairbanks had completed 29 films (28 features and one two-reel short), which showcased his ebullient screen persona and athletic ability. By 1920, he had the inspiration of staging a new type of adventure-costume picture, a genre that was then out of favor with the public; Fairbanks had been a comic in his previous films. [3] In The Mark of Zorro , Fairbanks combined his appealing screen persona with the new adventurous costume element. It was a smash success and parlayed the actor into the rank of superstar. For the remainder of his career in silent films, he continued to produce and star in ever more elaborate, impressive costume films, such as, The Three Musketeers (1921), Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood (1922), The Thief of Bagdad (1924), The Black Pirate (1926), and The Gaucho (1927). Fairbanks spared no expense and effort in these films, which established the standard for all future swashbuckling films.

In 1921, he, Pickford, Chaplin, and others, helped to organize the Motion Picture Fund to assist those in the industry who could not work, or were unable to meet their bills.

During the first ceremony of its type, on April 30, 1927, Fairbanks and Pickford placed their hand and footprints in wet cement at the newly opened Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. (In the classic comedy Blazing Saddles , Harvey Korman's villain character sees Fairbanks's prints at Grauman's and exclaims, "How did he do such fantastic stunts ... with such little feet?")

Fairbanks was elected first President of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences that same year, and presented the first Academy Awards at the Roosevelt Hotel. Today, Fairbanks also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7020 Hollywood Boulevard.

Career decline and retirement

Fairbanks in The Private Life of Don Juan, 1934 Douglas Fairbanks Sr. - Private Life of Don Juan.jpg
Fairbanks in The Private Life of Don Juan , 1934

While Fairbanks had flourished in the silent genre, the restrictions of early sound films dulled his enthusiasm for film-making. His athletic abilities and general health also began to decline at this time, in part due to his years of chain-smoking. [13] On March 29, 1928, at Pickford's bungalow, United Artists brought together Pickford, Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, Norma Talmadge, Gloria Swanson, John Barrymore, D. W. Griffith and Dolores del Río to speak on the radio show The Dodge Brothers Hour to prove Fairbanks could meet the challenge of talking movies. [14] [15]

Fairbanks's last silent film was the lavish The Iron Mask (1929), a sequel to the 1921 release The Three Musketeers. The Iron Mask included an introductory prologue spoken by Fairbanks. He and Pickford chose to make their first talkie as a joint venture, playing Petruchio and Kate in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew (1929). This film, and his subsequent sound films, were poorly received by Depression-era audiences. The last film in which he acted was the British production The Private Life of Don Juan (1934), after which he retired from acting.[ citation needed ]

Fairbanks and Pickford separated in 1933, after he began an affair with Sylvia, Lady Ashley. Pickford had also been seen in the company of a high-profile industrialist. They divorced in 1936, with Pickford keeping the Pickfair estate. [16] Fairbanks and Ashley were married in Paris in March 1936. [17]

He continued to be marginally involved in the film industry and United Artists, but his later years lacked the intense focus of his film years. His health continued to decline. During his final years, he lived at 705 Ocean Front (now Palisades Beach Road) in Santa Monica, California, although much of his time was spent traveling abroad with his third wife, Lady Ashley.

Death

Fairbanks' tomb at Hollywood Forever Cemetery Fairbanksgrave.JPG
Fairbanks' tomb at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

On December 12, 1939, Fairbanks suffered a heart attack. He died later that day at his home in Santa Monica at the age of 56. [18] His last words were reportedly, "I've never felt better." [19] His funeral service was held at the Wee Kirk o' the Heather Church in Glendale's Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery where he was placed in a crypt in the Great Mausoleum.

Two years following his death, his body was removed from Forest Lawn by his widow, Sylvia, who commissioned an elaborate marble monument for him featuring a long rectangular reflecting pool, raised tomb, and classic Greek architecture in Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.[ citation needed ] The monument was dedicated in a ceremony held in October 1941, with Fairbanks' close friend Charlie Chaplin reading a remembrance. The remains of his son, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., were also interred there upon his death in May 2000. [20]

Legacy

Reissued film poster for 1916 "cocaine comedy" The Mystery of the Leaping Fish The Mystery of the Leaping Fish.jpg
Reissued film poster for 1916 "cocaine comedy" The Mystery of the Leaping Fish

Fairbanks became the very first posthumous recipient of an Academy Honorary Award a few months after his death at the 12th Academy Awards, bestowed to him for his legendary career achievements in the development of motion pictures as the Academy's first president.

In 1992, Fairbanks was portrayed by actor Kevin Kline in the film Chaplin .

In 1998, a group of Fairbanks fans started the Douglas Fairbanks Museum in Austin, Texas. The museum building was temporarily closed for mold remediation and repairs in February 2010. [21]

In 2002, AMPAS opened the "Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study" located at 333 S. La Cienega Boulevard in Beverly Hills. The building houses the Margaret Herrick Library. [22]

On November 6, 2008, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences celebrated the publication of their "Academy Imprints" book on Douglas Fairbanks, authored by film historian Jeffrey Vance, with the screening of a new restoration print of The Gaucho with Vance introducing the film. [23]

The following year, opening on January 24, 2009, AMPAS mounted a major Fairbanks exhibition at its Fourth Floor Gallery, titled "Douglas Fairbanks: The First King of Hollywood". The exhibit featured costumes, props, pictures and documents from his career and personal life. [24] In addition to the exhibit, AMPAS screened The Thief of Bagdad and The Iron Mask in March 2009. Concurrently with the Academy's efforts, the Museum of Modern of Art held their first Fairbanks film retrospective in over six decades, titled "Laugh and Live: The Films of Douglas Fairbanks" which ran from December 17, 2008, to January 12, 2009. Vance opened the retrospective with a lecture and screening of the restoration print of The Gaucho. [25]

Recently, due to his involvement with the USC Fencing Club, a bronze statue of Fairbanks was erected in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Courtyard of the new School of Cinematic Arts building on the University of Southern California campus. Fairbanks was a key figure in the film school's founding in 1929, and in its curriculum development. [26] [ citation needed ]

The 2011 film The Artist was loosely based on Fairbanks, with the film's lead portraying Zorro in a silent film featuring a scene from the Fairbanks version.[ citation needed ] While thanking the audience in 2012 for a Golden Globe award as Best Actor for his performance, actor Jean Dujardin added, "As Douglas Fairbanks would say", then moved his lips silently as a comedic homage. When Dujardin accepted the 2011 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Fairbanks was cited at length as the main inspiration for Dujardin's performance in The Artist.[ citation needed ]

The Thief of Bagdad was screened at the 2012 edition of the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival. On April 15, 2012, the festival concluded with a sold-out screening of the Fairbanks film held at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. The evening was introduced by Vance and TCM host Ben Mankiewicz. [27]

The nickname for the sports teams of the University of California-Santa Barbara is 'The Gauchos' in honor of Fairbanks's acting in the eponymous film. [28]

Filmography

Fairbanks in 1916 Douglas Fairbanks - Jun 1916 CM.jpg
Fairbanks in 1916
YearTitleCredited asNotes
RoleProducerWriterDirector
1915 The Lamb Gerald
Martyrs of the Alamo Joe / Texan Soldier
Double Trouble Florian Amidon / Eugene Brassfield
1916 His Picture in the Papers Pete Prindle
The Habit of Happiness Sunny Wiggins
The Good Bad-Man Passin' ThroughYes
Reggie Mixes In Reggie Van Deuzen
The Mystery of the Leaping Fish Coke Ennyday / Himself
Flirting with Fate Augy Holliday
The Half-Breed Lo Dorman (Sleeping Water)
Intolerance Man on White Horse (French Story)
Manhattan Madness Steve O'Dare
American Aristocracy Cassius Lee
The Matrimaniac  [ cy; fi ]Jimmie Conroy
The Americano Blaze Derringer
1917All-Star Production of Patriotic
Episodes for the Second Liberty Loan
Himself
In Again, Out Again Teddy RutherfordYes
Wild and Woolly Jeff Hillington
Down to Earth Billy GaynorYesYes
The Man from Painted Post "Fancy Jim" SherwoodYes
Reaching for the Moon Alexis Caesar Napoleon BrownYes
A Modern Musketeer Ned Thacker/d'Artagnan Yes
1918 Headin' South Headin' SouthYesLost film
Mr. Fix-It Dick RemingtonYes
Say! Young Fellow The Young FellowYesLost film
Bound in Morocco George TravelwellYesYesLost film
He Comes Up Smiling Jerry MartinYesIncomplete film
Sic 'Em, Sam  [ it ]DemocracyLost film
Arizona Lieutenant DentonYesYesYesLost film
1919 The Knickerbocker Buckaroo Teddy DrakeYesYesLost film
His Majesty, the American William BrooksYesYes
When the Clouds Roll by Daniel Boone BrownYesYes
1920 The Mollycoddle Richard Marshall III, IV and VYes
The Mark of Zorro Don Diego Vega / Señor Zorro YesYes
1921 The Nut Charlie JacksonYesYes
The Three Musketeers d'ArtagnanYesYes
1922 Robin Hood Robin Hood YesYes
1923 Hollywood HimselfLost film
1924 The Thief of Bagdad The Thief of BagdadYesYes
1925 Don Q, Son of Zorro Don Cesar Vega / ZorroYes
Ben-Hur Crowd extra in chariot race
1926 The Black Pirate The Black PirateYesYes
1927 A Kiss From Mary Pickford Himself
The Gaucho The GauchoYesYes
1928 Show People Himself
1929 The Iron Mask d'ArtagnanYesYes
The Taming of the Shrew Petruchio
1930 Reaching for the Moon Larry DayYes
1932 Mr. Robinson Crusoe Steve DrexelYesYes
1934 The Private Life of Don Juan Don Juan
1937 Ali Baba Goes to Town Himself – at Fictional Premiere
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Position created
President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
1927–1929
Succeeded by

See also

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Mary Pickford</span> Canadian actress and producer (1892–1979)

Gladys Louise Smith, known professionally as Mary Pickford, was a Canadian actress resident in the U.S., and also producer, screenwriter, and film studio founder. She was a pioneer in the American film industry, with a Hollywood career that spanned five decades.

<i>The Black Pirate</i> 1926 film

The Black Pirate is a 1926 American silent action adventure film shot entirely in two-color Technicolor about an adventurer and a "company" of pirates. Directed by Albert Parker, it stars Douglas Fairbanks, Donald Crisp, Sam De Grasse, and Billie Dove. In 1993, The Black Pirate was included in the annual selection of 25 motion pictures to be added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

<i>The Thief of Bagdad</i> (1924 film) 1924 film by Raoul Walsh

The Thief of Bagdad is a 1924 American silent adventure film directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Douglas Fairbanks, and written by Achmed Abdullah and Lotta Woods. Freely adapted from One Thousand and One Nights, it tells the story of a thief who falls in love with the daughter of the Caliph of Baghdad. In 1996, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

The decade of the 1920s in film involved many significant films.

<i>The Mark of Zorro</i> (1920 film) 1920 film

The Mark of Zorro is a 1920 American silent Western romance film starring Douglas Fairbanks and Noah Beery. This genre-defining swashbuckler adventure was the first movie version of The Mark of Zorro. Based on the 1919 story The Curse of Capistrano by Johnston McCulley, which introduced the masked hero, Zorro, the screenplay was adapted by Fairbanks and Eugene Miller.

<i>Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood</i> 1922 film by Allan Dwan

Robin Hood is a 1922 silent adventure film starring Douglas Fairbanks and Wallace Beery. It was the first motion picture ever to have a Hollywood premiere, held at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre on October 18, 1922. The movie's full title, under which it was copyrighted, is Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood. It was one of the most expensive films of the 1920s, with a budget estimated at one million dollars. The film was a smash hit and generally received favorable reviews.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Charles "Buddy" Rogers</span> American actor and jazz musician (1904–1999)

Charles Edward "Buddy" Rogers was an American film actor and musician. During the peak of his popularity in the late 1920s and early 1930s, he was publicized as "America's Boyfriend".

<span class="mw-page-title-main">1st Academy Awards</span> Award ceremony for films of 1927 and 1928

The 1st Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and hosted by AMPAS president Douglas Fairbanks, honored the best films from 1 August 1927 to 31 July 1928 and took place on May 16, 1929, at a private dinner held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Tickets cost $5 ; 270 people attended the event, which lasted 15 minutes. It is the only Academy Awards ceremony not broadcast on either radio or television; a radio broadcast was introduced for the 2nd Academy Awards.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Mutual Film</span> American film conglomerate

Mutual Film Corporation was an early American film conglomerate that produced some of Charlie Chaplin's greatest comedies. Founded in 1912, it was absorbed by Film Booking Offices of America, which evolved into RKO Pictures.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Charlie Chaplin filmography</span>

(Sir) Charlie Chaplin (KBE) (1889–1977) was an English internationally renowned Academy Award-winning actor, comedian, filmmaker and composer who was best known for his career in Hollywood motion pictures from his debut in 1914 until 1952, he however subsequently appeared in two films in his native England. During his early years in the era of silent film, he rose to prominence as a worldwide cinematic idol renowned for his tramp persona. In the 1910s and 1920s, he was considered the most famous person on the planet.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Mary Pickford filmography</span>

Mary Pickford (1892–1979) was a Canadian-American motion picture actress, producer, and writer. During the silent film era she became one of the first great celebrities of the cinema and a popular icon known to the public as "America's Sweetheart".

<i>The Knickerbocker Buckaroo</i> 1919 film

The Knickerbocker Buckaroo is a 1919 American silent Western/romantic comedy film directed by Albert Parker and starring Douglas Fairbanks, who also wrote and produced the film. The Knickerbocker Buckaroo is now considered lost.

<i>Little Annie Rooney</i> (1925 film) 1925 film

Little Annie Rooney is a 1925 American silent comedy-drama film starring Mary Pickford and directed by William Beaudine. Pickford, one of the most successful actresses of the silent era, was best known throughout her career for her iconic portrayals of penniless young girls. After generating only modest box office revenue playing adults in her previous two films, Pickford wrote and produced Little Annie Rooney to cater to silent film audiences. Though she was 33 years old, Pickford played the title role, an Irish girl living in the slums of New York City.

<i>The Gaucho</i> 1927 film by F. Richard Jones

The Gaucho is a 1927 American silent adventure film starring Douglas Fairbanks and Lupe Vélez that is set in Argentina. The lavish adventure extravaganza, filmed at the height of Fairbanks' box office clout, was directed by F. Richard Jones with a running time of 115 minutes.

Robert Cushman was the photography curator for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) for 37 years. He is credited with developing and expanding the photographic archives of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's Margaret Herrick Library in Beverly Hills, California. The collection is estimated to consist of more than 10 million images and photographs as of 2009. Additional images were acquired by Cushman through his solicitation of donations from major Hollywood film studios, individuals and their families during his 37-year tenure with the Academy.

<i>The Americano</i> (1916 film) 1916 film

The Americano is a 1916 American silent adventure / romantic comedy film directed by John Emerson and stars Douglas Fairbanks in his last production for Triangle Film Corporation. Based on the novel Blaze Derringer, by Eugene P. Lyle, Jr., the scenario was written by John Emerson and Anita Loos who also wrote the film's intertitles. The film was re-released by S.A. Lynch Enterprises on August 21, 1923. Three 16mm prints and one 8mm print of the film still exists. Set in a fictional South American country of Paragonia, it has been described as one of a group of films that supported United States imperialism by providing support to the idea of manifest destiny.

<i>The Nut</i> (1921 film) 1921 film by Theodore Reed

The Nut is a 1921 American silent film comedy directed by Theodore Reed.

<i>The Good Bad-Man</i> 1916 film

The Good Bad-Man is a 1916 American silent Western film directed by Allan Dwan. The film was written by Douglas Fairbanks, and produced by Fairbanks and the Fine Arts Film Company. It stars Fairbanks and Bessie Love.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Jeffrey Vance</span> American film historian and author

Jeffrey Vance is an American film historian and author who has published books on movie stars including Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Timeline of Mary Pickford</span> Catalog of events

Mary Pickford (1892–1979) was a Canadian motion picture actress, producer, and writer. During the silent film era she became one of the first great celebrities of the cinema and a popular icon known to the public as "America's Sweetheart".

References

  1. Vance, Jeffrey (2008). Cushman, Robert (ed.). Douglas Fairbanks. University of California Press. p. 13. ISBN   978-0520256675.
  2. Obituary, Variety , December 13, 1939, p. 54.
  3. 1 2 "Douglas Fairbanks Sr. Biography". The Douglas Fairbanks Museum. Archived from the original on May 15, 2008.
  4. "Full text of "The Film Daily (Oct–Dec 1946)"". Wid's Films and Film Folk. October 1946. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  5. "Famous Freemasons in History | Freemason Information". February 20, 2009. Retrieved March 14, 2023.
  6. MacKeen, Jason (November 28, 2022). "Famous Freemason – Douglas Elton Thomas Ullman". Fellowship Lodge. Retrieved March 14, 2023.
  7. 1 2 3 4 Goessel, Tracey. The First King of Hollywood; The Life of Douglas Fairbanks. Chicago Review Press, 2016.
  8. "Alexander Street Press Authorization". Asp6new.alexanderstreet.com. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  9. 1 2 "American Experience | Mary Pickford | People & Events". PBS. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  10. 1 2 "Douglas Fairbanks". Flicker Alley. Archived from the original on August 16, 2013. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  11. Richard Corliss (June 17, 1996). "The King of Hollywood". Time. Archived from the original on December 8, 2008. Retrieved August 10, 2008.
  12. Douglas Fairbanks, Laugh and Live. New York, Britton, 1917. The work includes an afterword by journalist George Creel profiling Fairbanks as the epitome of American can-do manhood.
  13. Vance, Jeffrey (2008). Douglas Fairbanks. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, pp. 162–163.
  14. Ramon, David (1997). Dolores del Río. Clío. ISBN   968-6932-35-6.
  15. "Listen In on the DODGE HOUR". St. Louis Globe-Democrat. March 29, 1928. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  16. "Pickford divorce made final" . Chicago Daily Tribune . Vol. XCV, no. 12. January 14, 1936. p. 3 via newspapers.com.
  17. "Mr Douglas Fairbanks weds Lady Ashley in Paris" . The Scotsman . No. 28, 948. March 9, 1936. p. 16 via British Newspaper Archive.
  18. "Doug Fairbanks Dies At His Home". Lawrence Journal-World. December 12, 1939. p. 10. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  19. Robinson, R. (2003). Famous Last Words. New York: Workman Publishing, p. 1.
  20. https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/2000/05/08/hollywood-star-douglas-fairbanks-jr-dies/41e1a8a3-d5ee-4fbc-a9a4-11105c6ebea6/
  21. "Drymeout.com blog". Blog.drymeout.com. April 29, 2010. Archived from the original on August 12, 2011. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  22. "Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study | Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences". Oscars.org. Archived from the original on October 3, 2014. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  23. Soares, Andre. "Douglas Fairbanks in THE GAUCHO Academy Screening". Altfg.com. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  24. "Douglas Fairbanks: The First King of Hollywood | Exhibitions Presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences". Oscars.org. April 19, 2009. Archived from the original on March 9, 2010. Retrieved February 15, 2010.
  25. "Laugh and Live: The Films of Douglas Fairbanks". MoMA. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  26. "USC Cinematic Arts | School of Cinematic Arts News". cinema.usc.edu.
  27. "'The Artist' is the buzz at the TCM Classic Film Festival". Latimesblogs.latimes.com. April 16, 2012. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  28. "Nickname "Gauchos"". Archived from the original on February 25, 2017. Retrieved November 14, 2016.

Further reading