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Lucky Stars

Janet Gaynor & Charles Farrell
By Sarah Baker
Published by BearManor Media
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LUCKY STARS: JANET GAYNOR & CHARLES FARRELL

"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Drawing upon previously unpublished interviews with Charles Farrell and Janet Gaynor, formal interviews with family and friends who knew them best, and meticulous archival research, author Sarah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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» READ Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell: A Brief Biography

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