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Bare Knees Flapper

by Tim Lussier

Bare Knees Flapper Synopsis

As the most popular child star in the movies for a brief period in the late 1910's, Virginia Lee Corbin became well-known to millions of fans around the world. However, she did not fade into obscurity once her child-like charms began to diminish. With her mother as manager, she performed for a couple of years in vaudeville, a wise move that allowed her to mature before continuing her film career. Fitting right into the flapper mold of the Jazz Age (one writer considered her a serious competitor with Clara Bow for that title), Virginia was busy in films for numerous studios throughout the 1920's. However, as she matured, her mother found that she could not control the flapper Virginia as she did the child star. By the time Mrs. Corbin tried to commit suicide in 1927, the blonde star found that all the money she had earned was gone. Desiring to get away from the conflicts and control of her mother, she asked the court to appoint a guardian. A marriage just as she turned 18 was another attempt to free herself from her mother, but that ended in a bitter and much publicized divorce that separated her from her children. Falling victim to the sound era, she was still trying to make a comeback when she died at 31 years old in 1942.

Bare Knees Flapper Press Reviews

Lussier's biography fleshes out [information about Corbin's life] as best as possible, scrounging up reviews, newspaper clippings and magazine articles for each step of Virginia's busy career. To say this was painstaking work is an understatement, but he managed to piece together a surprisingly detailed--and nicely readable--examination of her life and work. --Silent-ology; It is always commendable when lesser known performers benefit from the hard work and research of writers and film historians who take the time to explore their life and work. 'Bare Knees Flapper' is a quintessential book for anyone interested in film history, and should find a place in any library or research center. Most highly recommended. --jlneibaur-writer.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781476675688
Publication date: 30th November 2018
Author: Tim Lussier
Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 119 pages
Categories: Individual actors & performers, Films, cinema, Biography: arts & entertainment,

About Tim Lussier

Retired school public relations officer Tim Lussier has had a 45-year passion for silent films. His website, SilentsAre, has been one of the most popular silent movie sites on the Internet for the past 20 years. He lives in Whispering Pines, North Carolina.

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