How We Got Movie Stars

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He wasted no time in hiring a twenty-year-old actress named Florence Lawrence known torepparttar public asrepparttar 124157 Biograph Girl afterrepparttar 124158 studio she worked for. One tale hadrepparttar 124159 four-foot Laemmle conducting a midnight raid of Biograph where he carried his new star away over his shoulder. He then announced her real name and 250-dollar week salary torepparttar 124160 new fan magazines then arranged for her to mysteriously disappear. "My competitors will stop at nothing to ruin me. They've kidnapped poor Florence, perhaps even killed her!" he toldrepparttar 124161 press.

Forrepparttar 124162 next few weeks Americans followedrepparttar 124163 saga inrepparttar 124164 newspapers, there were several false reports of foul play. One account had Florence killed by a streetcar. Then, as pre-arranged by Carl Laemmle, Florence "miraculously" resurfaced in St. Louis were she was mobbed, her clothes ripped off by hired fans. And so Florence Lawrence gained a huge following. Movies with her name onrepparttar 124165 marquee started selling like hot cakes.

A few years later she was working on a film when a fire broke out onrepparttar 124166 set. Young Florence courageously risked her life to save her fellow actors andrepparttar 124167 incident left her temporarily paralyzed. Byrepparttar 124168 time she recovered no one would hire her. But though she ended up in obscurity, Florence Lawrence wasrepparttar 124169 first movie star.

Stephen Schochet is the author and narrator of the audiobooks "Fascinating Walt Disney" and "Tales Of Hollywood". The Saint Louis Post Dispatch says," these two elaborate productions are exceptionally entertaining." Hear realaudio samples of these great, unique gifts at

Bob Hope Stories

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Inrepparttar late 30s, Hope made fun of veterans on his radio show. Performing at army bases was a way to bring up ratings. Then came World War II with Hope and a number of other stars recruited byrepparttar 124156 government for a war bond selling, victory caravan tour. Unlike many ofrepparttar 124157 pampered celebrities who complained aboutrepparttar 124158 cramped quarters on their shared train,repparttar 124159 ex-vaudevillian Hope was exhilarated byrepparttar 124160 travel. It was no problem for him to go overseas to entertainrepparttar 124161 troops.

At first Hope found America's homesick young fighting men to berepparttar 124162 easiest audience he ever faced. Jokes that would die inrepparttar 124163 states would get uproarious laughter fromrepparttar 124164 troops. Inrepparttar 124165 beginning Hope stayed out of combat areas, but then he reasoned that those in actual battles needed himrepparttar 124166 most. Hope became addicted torepparttar 124167 torepparttar 124168 danger of flying in planes that might get shot down or performing in places that had recently been attacked. But he was greatly moved byrepparttar 124169 injuries he saw in hospital wards, and quietly help set up several ofrepparttar 124170 soldiers he met in their own businesses afterrepparttar 124171 war ended. Later he could not understandrepparttar 124172 Vietnam situation, getting in trouble when he repeatedly suggested we should bombrepparttar 124173 enemy into submission. Hope's love forrepparttar 124174 troops stayed constant, even in Nam when they booed him.

Hope got along great with allrepparttar 124175 Presidents he met, whether he agreed with them or not. He once said that Roosevelt laughed so hard at his jokes he almost voted democratic. He loved tellingrepparttar 124176 story about a marine in World War II who was disappointed that he had not killed a Japanese soldier. Atrepparttar 124177 edge of a jungle he tried to smoke them out, by shouting," To hell with Hirohito!" It worked, a Japanese soldier came out and shouted," To hell with Roosevelt!" Butrepparttar 124178 marine lowered his weapon," Darn it, I can't shoot a fellow Republican."

Author/Narrator Stephen Schochet researched Hollywood and Disney stories and lore for 10 years while giving tours of Hollywood. He had the unique idea the stories could be told anywhere and that's what led him to create the audiobooks "Fascinating Walt Disney" and "Tales Of Hollywood". The Saint Louis Post Dispatch says," These two elaborate productions are exceptionally entertaining." Realaudio samples can be heard at his website

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