Life Lessons, Courtesy of Ann Dvorak
Year of Ann Dvorak: Day 112
When I first encountered Ann Dvorak in the mid-1990s while watching Three on a Match, I had no idea she would alter my life. Writing a book on Ann has really been a one-of-a-kind experience. Even if I ever decided to write another biography, it would not be possible to duplicate the kind of experiences I have had with Ann over the last 15+ years. I was recently reflecting on my life with Ann and thought I would share 10 things I learned while writing the book and accumulating a hell of a lot of memorabilia.
- Writing & collecting on Ann Dvorak has lead me to meet fascinating and wonderful people who I may not have encountered otherwise.
- Writing & collection on Ann Dvorak has lead me to meet bizarre and not-so-wonderful people who I may not have encountered otherwise, and wish I hadn’t.
- Writing a book on a relatively obscure Hollywood actress is a great ice-breaker at parties.
- Choosing Belgium as a vacation destination because Belgian movies posters are pretty is a silly reason.
- There’s a hell of a lot of Crooner sheet music in this world.
- Giving birth and realizing I had no time to work on an Ann Dvorak biography was somehow a catalyst to find time to work on, and finish, an Ann Dvorak biography.
- When writing a 100,000 word manuscript, it’s amazing how many names of celebrities will get misspelled.
- Relying only on digitized materials for historical research is a cop-out, as there is still a lot of materials in libraries and archives that need to be accessed the “old fashioned” way.
- Interviewing actors about insignificant films made 60 years ago is not necessarily the best way to get information. Also, I am really bad at interviewing actors about insignificant films they made 60 years ago.
- It takes a very patient person to marry a woman who has devoted over 15 years to Ann Dvorak.
I could go on, but will stop here. I think it’s safe to say that the past 15 or so years would have not been nearly as exciting without the Divine Miss D.