Image by Dustin Snipes for the February 2009 issue of Los Angeles Magazine

Just in case you were wondering about the crazed Ann Dvorak fan behind this website, here’s a little info about Christina.

Christina was born and raised in Los Angeles, and became a movie geek at a very early age. She wanted to be Scarlett O’Hara, Princess Leia or Ann Wilson when she grew up. Instead, she went to a lot of Guns N’ Roses concerts, then pursued a film degree at Cal State Fullerton which paved the road to graduate school. As an undergrad, she discovered the genius that is Ann Dvorak. The GN’R pinball machine and Star Wars figures soon made way for Ann Dvorak stills, posters, sheet music, lobby cards, etc and Christina began researching the life of the under-appreciated actress.

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In between scouring L.A. poster shops for Ann memorabilia and digging through archives for Ann info, Christina earned a MLIS (Masters in Library & Information Science) from San Jose State and began a career as a librarian in 2005. She is currently employed in a dream position as a librarian & archivist.

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In October 2007, Christina married her true love, comic-book writer Joshua Hale Fialkov. The ceremony and reception were held on Ann’s former San Fernando Valley estate, which she built in 1934. The ceremony was performed by Charles Phoenix, a local treasure.


At Ann Dvorak’s Encino ranch house, 2007.

After nearly a decade of researching the life of Ann Dvorak, Christina has finally written that biography on Ann-D, now available from the University Press of Kentucky. Her next book, Mean…Moody…Magnificent! Jane Russell and the Marketing of a Hollywood Legend, is due out in June 2021.

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Contact: christina@anndvorak.com

Twitter:  twitter.com/christinarice

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Amazon Author Page

Goodreads Author Page

Ann Dvorak: Hollywood’s Forgotten Rebel – Facebook Page


Ann Dvorak Related Articles/Interviews/Reviews

Can now be viewed on the Press & Book Reviews Page 


Non-Ann Dvorak Projects

Interview With Turner Classic Movies about the Last Remaining Seats and the movie palaces of Los Angeles.

Interview with KNBC Los Angeles about Ansel Adams photo collection.

Articles written for the On Bunker Hill blog.

Articles written for the Los Angeles Public Library/Central Library blog.


Huffington Post Articles

The Los Angeles of Herman Schultheis

When Elephants Ruled the Intersection: The Saga of the Selig Zoo Statues

William Reagh and the Changing Face of Los Angeles

The New Year, Brought to You By the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce

A King in the City of Angels

Photographers Recall Their Days at the Los Angeles Herald Examiner

Jackie Robinson: Southern California’s Hometown Hero

An Ode to the Drive-In Movie Theatre 

Meet Ann Dvorak: The Actress Who Traded in Hollywood for a Honeymoon