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Ann Dvorak: Hollywood’s Forgotten Rebel, wonderful reminder to a forgotten star

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Ann Dvorak: Hollywood’s Forgotten Rebel


She was a great actress. Too many people don't know how great. How famous. How tragic. Possessing a unique beauty and refined acting skills, Ann Dvorak found success in Hollywood at a time when many actors were still struggling to adapt to the era of talkies. Seemingly destined for A-list fame, critics touted her
as “Hollywood’s New Cinderella” after film mogul Howard Hughes cast her as Cesca in Scarface (1932). Dvorak’s journey to superstardom was derailed when
she walked out on her contractual obligations to Warner Bros. for an extended honeymoon. Later, she initiated a legal dispute over her contract, an action that
was unprecedented at a time when studios exercised complete control over actors’ careers.
As the first full-length biography of an often-overlooked actress, Ann Dvorak: Hollywood’s Forgotten Rebel (University Press of Kentucky, $40) explores the life and career of one of the
first individuals who dared to challenge the studio system that ruled Tinseltown. The actress reached the pinnacle of her success during the early 1930s, when the
film industry was relatively uncensored and free to produce movies with more daring storylines. She played the lead in several films, including The Strange Love of Molly Louvain (1932), Three on a Match (1932), and Heat Lightning (1934), but after her walk-out, Warner Bros. retaliated by casting her in less
significant roles.
Following the casting conflicts and health issues, Dvorak filed a lawsuit against the Warner Bros. studio, setting a precedent for other stars who eventually
rebelled against the established Hollywood system. In this insightful biography, explores the spirited rebellion of a talented actress whose
promising career fell victim to the studio empire.


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