Barbara La Marr Book Giveaway (via Twitter in December)

“Barbara La Marr: The Girl who was Too Beautiful for Hollywood”
Book Giveaway via Twitter

“The silent film community as a whole should be thankful that Snyder was not only up to the task, but has created a work that will serve to define La Marr’s life and career for decades to come.” -Charles Epting, editor, Silent Film Quarterly.

Yay! The contest is over and the winners are: Carl, Gloria, Craig, Joan and Vickie! Congratulations!

It’s time for our next book giveaway, the last one for 2017! CMH is happy to say that we will be giving away FIVE COPIES of  “Barbara La Marr: The Girl Who Was Too Beautiful for Hollywood” by Sherri Snyder, courtesy of University Press of Kentucky, from now through Jan 6, 2018. (plus ONE more copy via Facebook and this Blog, details to follow in a few days).


In order to qualify to win one of these prizes via this contest giveaway, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, Jan 6 at 10PM EST. However, the sooner you enter, the better chance you have of winning, because we will pick a winner on five different days within the contest period, via random drawings, as listed below… So if you don’t win the first week that you enter, you will still be eligible to win during the following weeks until the contest is over.

  • Dec 9: One Winner
  • Dec 16: One Winner
  • Dec 23: One Winner
  • Dec 30: One Winner
  • Jan 6: One Winner

We will announce each week’s winner on Twitter @ClassicMovieHub, the day after each winner is picked at 10PM EST — for example, we will announce our first week’s winner on Sunday Dec 10 at 10PM EST on Twitter. And, please note that you don’t have to have a Twitter account to enter; just see below for the details…

If you’re also on Facebook, please feel free to visit us at Classic Movie Hub on Facebook for additional giveaways (or check back on this Blog in a few days) — because we’ll be giving away ONE MORE cop via Facebook/Blog as well!

Barbara La Marr James A. Woodbury portrait 1921Barbara La Marr (James A. Woodbury portrait 1921)


ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, Jan 6 at 1oPM EST — BUT remember, the sooner you enter, the more chances you have to win…

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post

What is one of your favorite Barbara La Marr film and why? And, if you’re not familiar with the Barbara La Marr’s films, why do you want to win this book?

2) Then TWEET (not DM) the following message*:
Just entered to win the “Barbara La Marr: The Girl Who Was Too Beautiful for Hollywood” #BookGiveaway courtesy of @KentuckyPress author @_SherriSnyder & @ClassicMovieHub #CMHContest link:

*If you do not have a Twitter account, you can still enter the contest by simply answering the above question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog — BUT PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ADD THIS VERBIAGE TO YOUR ANSWER: I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

NOTE: if for any reason you encounter a problem commenting here on this blog, please feel free to tweet or DM us, or send an email to and we will be happy to create the entry for you.

ALSO: Please allow us 48 hours to approve your comments. Sorry about that, but we are being overwhelmed with spam, and must sort through 100s of comments…


Barbara La Marr, The Heart of the Siren, 1925Barbara La Marr, The Heart of the Siren, 1925


About the Book:

In the first full-length biography of the woman known as the “girl who was too beautiful,” Sherri Snyder presents a complete portrait of one of the silent era’s most infamous screen sirens. In five short years, La Marr appeared in twenty-six films, including The Prisoner of Zenda (1922), Trifling Women (1922), The Eternal City (1923), The Shooting of Dan McGrew (1924), and Thy Name Is Woman (1924). Yet by 1925―finding herself beset by numerous scandals, several failed marriages, a hidden pregnancy, and personal prejudice based on her onscreen persona―she fell out of public favor. When she was diagnosed with a fatal lung condition, she continued to work, undeterred, until she collapsed on set. She died at the age of twenty-nine. Few stars have burned as brightly and as briefly as Barbara La Marr, and her extraordinary life story is one of tempestuous passions as well as perseverance in the face of adversity. Drawing on never-before-released diary entries, correspondence, and creative works, Snyder’s biography offers a valuable perspective on her contributions to silent-era Hollywood and the cinematic arts.


Click here for the full contest rules. 

Please note that only Continental United States (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and the territory of Puerto Rico) entrants are eligible.

And — BlogHub members ARE eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above).

Good Luck!

And if you can’t wait to win the book, you can purchase the on amazon via the below link (click on image):

Good Luck!


–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub


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40 Responses to Barbara La Marr Book Giveaway (via Twitter in December)

  1. Carl says:

    I was not at all familiar with Barbara LaMarr but I’m always eager to learn more about the silent film era. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this great book.

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      Hi Carl, I’ve been having a difficult time locating your tweets lately… I’ve been able to find them in the past, but today twitter is saying that your twitter account doesn’t exist??? Wondering if you changed your handle?

  2. Gloria Elizabeth says:

    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.
    I don’t know LaMarr’s work. I checked the filmography on IMDB in case I’d seen something but missed her name. Nope. The short versions of her life here and on IMDB have made me hungry for the details and interested in tracking down her films. I’m woefully ignorant about the silent era.

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      It’s actually a beautiful book, and very interesting. She really was stunning! Thanks so much for entering!

    • Thanks for your interest in my Barbara La Marr book, Gloria. If you are looking to track down Barbara’s films, I invite you to visit the Filmography section of my Barbara La Marr tribute site: I list the current status of each film Barbara wrote and appeared in, and where those that are known to be extant may be found. Two of Barbara’s films may be viewed for free online (The Nut and The Three Musketeers); I list the links in the Filmography. Of course, I included a full Filmography in the book as well. Anyone else wishing to learn more about Barbara right away might enjoy perusing my Barbara site as well (

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      Thanks for entering and Good Luck 🙂

  3. Javier Valverde says:

    I’m not familiar with Barbara LaMarr’s films but I want to win this book because I’ve read anecdotes about Barbara LaMarr’s life from Gloria Swanson’s autobiography and a biography I read of Louis B. Mayer and I would like to know more about her since I’ve read she’s one of the legendary actresses of the silent screen and not a lot is known about her since she died at an early age.

  4. Craig Buehler says:

    Only film I’ve seen of hers is The three musketeers – but I’ve always been fascinated with her especially since she was a big star at the time of her untimely death and is largely forgotten today, would love to learn more about her.

  5. Thank you for hosting this giveaway, Annmarie. Good luck, everyone!

  6. Tom West says:

    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

    The only Barbara LaMarr film I have seen is Souls for Sale.
    I have read chapters regarding Barbara in two of Michael G. Ankerich’s books, “Hairpins & Deadends” and “Dangerous Curves atop Hollywood Heels”.
    I am always interested to learn about the tragic life of Hollywood’s most beautiful woman and what caused her demise at such a young age.

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      From what I’ve read so far, it’s a wonderful book… very interesting… and has some beautiful pictures… Thanks so much for entering and Good Luck 🙂

  7. My favorite Barbara LaMarr film is Souls for Sale. I love all the cameo appearances in it! The fact that this film exists, even though it was once presumed lost, is an absolute joy.

  8. Jodi says:

    My Great Aunt was a vaudeville actress who died after a lengthy struggle from tuberculosis. I hadn’t hear of La Marr before but reading of her similar struggles makes me want to learn more about her.

  9. George says:

    I do not have a Twitter account but still want to be entered in the contest. I want to read this book because I was always fascinated by this woman. I have seen her grave marker at Hollywood Forever and what little I read was in books, most notably by Kenneth Anger. How could one woman squeeze 7 husband’s into 29 years, plus everything else she did? Was her death due to drink and drugs? Fascinating woman! And I can see how stunning she was! Usually looking back in time women who were thought to be beautiful then aren’t considered that now. But not Barbara LaMarr! In fact she would be considered even more attractive now!

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      Fascinating story and interesting read… Hollywood Forever is on my list of ‘must see’s the next time I’m in the LA area… Thank you so much for entering and Good Luck 🙂

  10. Mary Moreland says:

    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.
    My favorite Barbara La Marr film that I have seen is Souls for Sale. Although, I would absolutely love to see The Heart of a Siren!

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      I’ve heard so much about Souls for Sale, but haven’t seen it yet! Thanks so much for entering and Good Luck 🙂

  11. Andres Laguna says:

    I have never seen any of her films but I am fascinated by this era in Hollywood. From the little I’ve heard of Barbara La Marr I can’t wait to learn more about her life and times.

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  13. Shelia says:

    I do not know about Barbara La Marr at all since I haven’t delved much into the silent films. But her life seems so tragic while also being successful. Biographies are a favorite of mine so it would be interesting to learn more.
    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

  14. Vickie L Gleason says:

    I find these personal stories of the film pioneers very interesting and would like to learn more about her.

  15. Joan O’Malley says:

    I’m not familiar with Barbara La Marr. After reading the overview of the book I’m quite intrigued now. Sounds like an extremely interesting but short life.

  16. Alexa Sanchez says:

    I’ve only just recently watched a film of La Marrs’ which was called “The Nut”. Her appearance was striking. Since then I’ve been interested in learning more about her film career and personal life, which I hear is very tragic and heartbreaking. For the author to really take the time and effort to dig deep for her as a topic is inspiring. I’ve been looking for more films of her but I found out some are lost. The Nut was the only one I could find, I must say I had a difficult time following silent films but this one actually had me laughing. I’d be honored to receive a copy of the book and indulge myself into her highs and lows.

    • (It appears I had a computer glitch and my earlier response to this comment was not submitted, so I am resubmitting; disregard this if it is a double submission.)

      Alexa, if you’re looking to view more of Barbara’s films, you might find the Filmography section of my Barbara La Marr tribute site to be helpful: I list all of the films Barbara wrote and appeared in (as well as details, synopses, etc. for each) and where those films that are currently known to have survived are located. Depending upon where you live, you can view some of these films for free in various archives. You can also view The Three Musketeers (1921) online for free here: Barbara plays a supporting role as the villainous spy Milady de Winter (opposite Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.) in this one.

      • David Apolloni says:

        Sadly, it seems not none of the films in which she was the star are as yet readily available. An actress closely resembling her and doing an impression does appear in Harold Lloyd’s GIRL SHY (1924). That shows how prominent she had become!

  17. David Apolloni says:

    What is one of your favorite Barbara La Marr film and why? And, if you’re not familiar with the Barbara La Marr’s films, why do you want to win this book?

    I have known who Barbara was for forty years–I came across I short biography of her when I was a student browsing the university library. Her beauty and the tragedy of her life always fascinated me, much as those aspects of Marilyn Monroe. I have only seen THE THREE MUSKETEERS and THE PRISONER OF ZENDA. I have always associated a song from the period with her (“Down Where the Wild, Wild Flowers Grow”), although it turns that that came out in 1927, the year after she died.

    I would put your book to good use. I heard your Youtube interview, and you really, really know her well.

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      Hi David, I can’t seem to find your tweet. Could you please confirm that you tweeted, or let me know if you don’t have a twitter account.

      • David Apolloni says:

        Hi, Annmarie. I am not really active on Twitter. I read other people’s tweets and that is about all. What do you need from me? David

        • Annmarie Gatti says:

          Nothing… Just needed to confirm that you didn’t have an active Twitter account. You’re good to go for this contest. For future contests, just include in your comment that you don’t have Twitter and that will do the trick. Thanks so much for responding and Good Luck 🙂

  18. Good luck to all who entered!

  19. Hi,
    I have never won anything, and never have heard of this actress!
    But, I don love your tweets. She does sound like an interesting person.

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      Hi Linda, I don’t see your tweet yet, so please don’t forget to tweet the message (from the blog post) to officially enter. If you don’t have an active Twitter, just let me know. Thanks so much 🙂

  20. Barbara LaMarr was the first silent actor/actress I had heard of, and it’s because of her that I have the love and appreciation for classic movies and underrated artists that arent as known as Marilyn Monroe or Charlie Chaplin. When I was 14, I was in a little antique shop and I came across a little card with her name and picture on it, I left it there, went home, and looked her up. Once I realized how intriguing her life was, between having a judge tell her she’s too beautiful to be in jail, to being the inspiration for Hedy LaMarr’s name, I knew I needed that little card. But it’s been 5 years, and I’ve never found that card. I owe a lot to Barbara. And once I found out there’s a book about her I jumped for joy!

  21. Laurie says:

    This book looks amazing. I love reading about the old days of Hollywood and would like to learn more about Barbara LaMarr.

    • David Apolloni says:

      Pardon me for asking, but has anyone won the book? Usually winners are announced, I thought, or, at least someone somewhere announces that some one won.

      • Annmarie Gatti says:

        Hi David, no problem! We announce the winners every Sunday night on Twitter — but I always contact the winners via email every week (also because not everyone has a twitter account). In addition, I post all of the winners on this blog after the contest is over. So far, our winners are: Carl, Gloria, Craig and Vickie. We will announce our final winner on Sunday, and then early next week, I will post the names of all five winners here on this blog… also, fyi, you can enter our Facebook version of the contest as well — we will pick that winner next Sunday as well and announce on the blog post (and I will contact that winner via email as well)… here is a link to that contest in case you want to enter:

  22. I particularly like Barbara in The Prisoner of Zenda ’22. Her beauty is incomparable in this film. It’s a rare film to gaze upon her acting and stylish appearance. I am also fond of her in Douglas Fairbanks comedy The Nut ’21. She was not known for comedies. I have always wondered how Fairbanks interested her in making this film. Just because she has so few films lost or unavailable for viewing, I also like her in Fairbanks, The Three Musketeers ’20. She is particularly good as a villainess plus she has more closeups…

    • Good luck, Diane (and everyone else). To answer your question, Fairbanks interested Barbara in appearing in The Nut (1921) after meeting her on the set of The Mark of Zorro (1920). Actress Marguerite De La Motte, Barbara’s friend and roommate at the time, appears opposite Fairbanks in the film and invited Barbara to visit the set during filming one day. After nearly declining De La Motte’s invitation, Barbara accepted it and had a great time. Barbara continued visiting Fairbanks’s film sets with De La Motte when he began work on The Nut (De La Motte stars in this one as well). One day, Fairbanks, wanting to involve Barbara in The Nut, offered her a screen test. Barbara was nervous, but agreed to the test and won the part of a feisty gangster’s moll.

  23. Melanie Price says:

    I haven’t seen a Barbara La Marr film (yet!). My mother gifted me with a box of antique clippings from old movie magazines and there were several photos of Ms. La Marr – I would love to know more about her!

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