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[intro. BROWNLOW, Kevin] LOVE, Bessie

From Hollywood With Love

London: Elm Tree Books, 1977

8vo, pp. 160. Original red boards, lettered in silver to spine. Photographic dustwrapper, portraits of the author to front and rear panels. A fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper with the lightest of edgewear.

First edition, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR TO BOB 'BLOCKBUSTERS' HOLNESS: 'To Bob, with best wishes, Bessie Love'. Introduction by the pre-eminent early film historian Kevin Brownlow.

Bessie Love [1898-1986] was an American silent movie star, and a whole lot more. She began her career being directed by D.W. Griffith in Intolerance (1916); her last screen appearance was alongside David Bowie in Tony Scott's The Hunger (1983). In between she worked with Douglas Fairbanks and Frank Capra, and John Schlesinger and Warren Beatty. She was nominated for an Oscar for The Broadway Melody (1929), became a UK citizen in the 1960s, played Vanessa Redgrave's mother in Isadora (1968) and in 1969 graced the James Bond franchise as an uncredited baccarat player in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and it's nowhere near big enough.

From 1975 -- well before his reign as quizmaster on every schoolkid's favourite quiz show -- Bob Holness co-presented a morning radio show on London's LBC, and over the years amassed a large collection of inscribed copies of books whose authors had appeared on the show.

A beautiful copy of the story of a fabulous life, inscribed, and with a pleasingly left-field association.



Keywords: Bessie LOVE Kevin BROWNLOW Bob HOLNESS"


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