Ann Dvorak Honeymoon Photos Now Available in Book Form
Those of you who have been following this site for the last year and/or read the preface toÂ Ann Dvorak: Hollywood’s Forgotten Rebel are aware that last year I has the opportunity to obtain some of Ann Dvorak’s personal possessions. Among the cancelled checks and rent receipts was a holy grail for a Dvorak collector – her personal scrapbook of photos from her 1932 honeymoon with Leslie Fenton. This was the trip that pretty much torpedoed her career trajectory at Warner Bros, as she breached her contract with the studio to take it. The 8 month journey was also quite possibly the happiest time of her life. To become the custodian of something so precious to Ann was an unexpected honor.
I used four photos from the scrapbook in the Ann Dvorak bio and posted a handful more on this site, but I wanted to do something more with the 100+ images of Ann and Leslie Fenton which also contained snapshots from some of their later travels. I didn’t think such a large quantity of images would be practical to navigate here, but I didn’t want to hide them away either. My solution was to put together a book, which is now available.
The book, titled The Inseparables isÂ an intimate glimpse into the lives of two Hollywood personalities during the peak of their romance which I hope will be of interest to all you Dvorak devotees out that. It can now purchased directly through this site Â where I can sign and personally inscribe copiesÂ or through Amazon.
I will also have copies for sale at Cinecon on Labor Day weekend (more details on that will be forthcoming).
OMG! Payday is tomorrow, perfect timing lol!
Thanks Scott, much appreciated!
the book an inspired idea – a great way to share the photos. Missing out on your Chicago appearance for HFR, it’ll be nice to get a signed copy of “The Inseparables”.
Thanks a heap Mike, I really appreciate it! I’ll get it in tomorrow’s mail for ya. If you own a copy of HFR, do you want me to also send a signed bookplate?
Ordered! Can’t wait & happy to support your efforts – you rock!
Thanks Scott, so do you!
Sure with the nameplate, HFR is a part of my personal library.
Sounds great — but unfortunately I reacted all too quickly! As I read down through your description I was getting more and more excited (doesn’t take much now it seems) and when I saw the first mention of where it could be purchased (Amazon) I immediately clicked on the Amazon tab and did the “one click” purchase. So, in the blink of an eye (nearly) I went from reading part way through your description to having one on order immediately. I then went back to reading the rest of your entry. Soooo, my suggestion is that for your easily excited readers you might consider putting YOUR site first, THEN the Amazon entry.
Regardless, I can’t wait to get the book in my hands.
Oh no, Dick! I am so sorry about that. I switched the wording so the link for the site comes first. Email me your mailing address and I’ll send you a couple of signed bookplates. Thanks, as always.
Christina, “The Inseparables” is a fine little companion book to “HFR”; thanks for making it available. Great photos, with well placed quotes. Two of my favorites – “all in all, I wouldn’t have missed this wonderful experience for any amount of personal success”, and “no matter what happens now, I have something to hold onto – the memory of this past year”. Seems in stark contrast to that later journal entry of “throwing my life and career out the window”. But I agree with you, I’d like to think if given the opportunity, she’d still do the same thing. BTW, any idea what this extended honeymoon cost the couple? And the rough equivalent in today’s dollars?
I have a new fave Ann D picture (pg. 28) – in the raincoat with wind blown hair – how did it not make the final cut for “HFR”! No worry, we got it now.
Hi Mike, Thanks again for buying a copy and I am relieved to hear that you like it. It’s very bitter sweet because I do think this was the happiest time of her life, but apparently caused her deep regret at the end. No idea how much the trip cost. I get the impression they were being fairly bare bones, but traveling around for 8 months musst have set them back a few grand.
You’re not the first to comment about the raincoat photo. I was only able to use 3 in the book, so it was agonizing trying to decide!
I just received my copy today..Itâ€™s so great that I just canâ€™t express words as to how well I enjoy the effort you made in putting it together. The book shows a very happy couple in the 1930â€™s that are really enjoying life. Itâ€™s not about movie personalities so much; but regular, everyday people really enjoying life. Unfortunately we all know that life for Ann didnâ€™t continue in this happy vein in her last years. Still in all, your work resulted in an outstanding addition and I truly appreciate you effort!! And Iâ€™m serious when I say that I can wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone!
One last question..Are you planning to do the same type offering regarding your honeymoon activities, Mmmmmhhhh?
Thanks Dick, I really appreciate it. Since I did most of it myself (except the jacket which was done by a pro), I wasn’t sure it was going to go over so it means a lot to hear you think it’s worth it.
My husband and I wanted to go to Paris for our honeymoon but never made it. The closest we got was a trip to Hawaii when I was four months pregnant. I talked him into going on a sunset dinner cruise, which was miserable and he ended up with food poisoning! We spent most of the next day (which was Valentine’s Day) in the ER rehydrating him. No photos of that!