Ann Harding-Cinema's Gallant Lady (BearManor).
The blonde, talented Ann Harding, an actress whose glowing presence on the screen during the pre-code era brought her talent to stories that examined romance, social conventions, the place of women and the consequences and advantages of independence, faded into one dimensional supporting roles after she left the screen for several years upon on her second marriage in 1937, though the first decade of her cinematic work has endured as interest in her films grows with the rediscovery of them by a new generation.
In Hollywood beginning in 1929, Harding shared the screen with such co-stars as Gary Cooper, Ronald Colman, Laurence Olivier, Leslie Howard, Fredric March, William Powell, Brian Aherne, Otto Kruger, Clive Brook, and Richard Dix. Ann also had the opportunity to work with directors such as Edmund Goulding, William Wellman, John Cromwell, Henry Hathaway, and a forgotten pioneer in talkies, Edward H. Griffith. The actress had a highly individual talent, and her working relationships and sometimes passionate private life are examined in an even-handed, exceptionally well-written account by Scott.
Scott O'Brien will be with us from Monday, December 6th through Saturday, December 11th. Please consider this your gilt-edged invitation to ask questions of this biographer at the Silver Screen Oasis message board, found here.
You can read more about this thoughtful and engaging book here:
You can see my Q & A with Scott O'Brien on the TCM Movie Morlocks site here.