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LUCKY STARS: JANET GAYNOR & CHARLES FARRELL

“Why is it so hard for us to truly imagine the lives of the silent-era stars? Is it because we don’t hear them speak? … Thanks to Sarah Baker, the silent-era speaks, and with much grace, wit and charm, in Lucky Stars.” – Allison Anders, filmmaker

The Book

"There can never be a Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell love team again." - Janet Gaynor, 1970

From their first iconic pairing in 7th Heaven (1927) and in eleven films that followed, Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell created an unparalleled cinematic romance. Their partnership was so utterly complete that in the minds and hearts of their adoring public, they were as one. Even though both enjoyed successful solo careers-Janet Gaynor won the first Best Actress Oscar and played Vicki Lester in the original A Star Is Born (1937) and Charles Farrell enjoyed a successful television career, playing Vern Albright on My Little Margie-their work as a team stood out. Even decades after their onscreen partnership ended, any mention of Gaynor in the press merited a mention of Farrell, and vice-versa.

Behind the camera, Gaynor and Farrell carried on a secret romance that lasted from their first meeting in 1926 until Gaynor's first marriage in 1929. Supporting and encouraging each other's lives beyond Hollywood, they were able to maintain a mellow friendship that lasted their entire lives.

Drawing upon previously unpublished interviews with Charles Farrell and Janet Gaynor, formal interviews with family and friends who knew them best, and meticulous archival research, author Sarah Baker details the fascinating behind the scenes story of the greatest romantic team of all time. The book includes a detailed filmography and is lavishly illustrated with over 100 photographs, many from Charles Farrell's estate. Includes a foreword by director Allison Anders (Grace of My Heart, Things Behind the Sun).

Sarah Baker's first foray into classic film was a seven-year labor of love-a documentary film about silent film star Olive Thomas. Over the course of her research, Baker located ten of Thomas' twenty films-all of which had been considered lost. The resulting documentary, Olive Thomas: Everybody's Sweetheart, executive produced by Hugh Hefner, was released to DVD (2004) along with Thomas' film The Flapper -the first time this film had been available to the public since 1920. She is currently in production for another documentary, Blues Man: The Life and Times of Sean Costello.

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The Subjects

Janet Gaynor

Janet Gaynor (1906-1984) was a highly regarded leading ingénue of the 1920s-1930s. Though often remembered as a waif, Gaynor’s characters were tough and resourceful. Gaynor won the first Best Actress Oscar in 1929 for her performances in 7th Heaven (1927), Sunrise (1927) and Street Angel (1928). She received further critical acclaim for her performance as Vicki Lester in the original A Star Is Born (1937). In 1939, Gaynor left her Hollywood career behind to marry famous movie fashion designer Adrian. The rest of Gaynor’s life was devoted to fashion, painting, and theatre.

Charles FarrellCharles Farrell (1900-1990) was one of the most popular matinee idols of the 1920s-1930s. He created a new brand of hero, one who was brawny and virile as well as tender and naïve. Like Janet Gaynor, Farrell passed the “mic test” with flying colors and made a successful transition from silent film to talking pictures. After his film career ended in 1941, Farrell served with distinction in WWII and made a successful comeback as Vern Albright on TV’s “My Little Margie.” Farrell was also famous for founding the Palm Springs Racquet Club, a resort that put Palm Springs on the map as the “Playground of the Stars."

» Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell: A Brief Biography

SARAH BAKER INTERVIEWED BY WALDEN HUGHES FOR YESTERDAY USA
March 11, 2014

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Lucky Stars: Janet Gaynor & Charles Farrell, by Sarah Baker

Lucky Stars:
Janet Gaynor & Charles Farrell

By Sarah Baker
Published by BearManor Media

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