Florence Lawrence, the Biograph Girl: America's First Movie Star
- Publish Date: 1999-04-01
- Binding: Library Binding
- Author: Kelly R. Brown
Florence Lawrence's film career began just as the cinema was being born. In 1908 she appeared in Romeo and Juliet , as America's very first screen Juliet. By 1909, she was working steadily for the Biograph studio - and was dubbed the Biograph girl . But just as Lawrence was the first movie star in the industry, she was also one of the first to be undone by it. Hindered by setbacks, gruelling work schedules, self-imposed retirements, three marriages, repeatedly unsuccessful comebacks, Lawrence committed suicide in 1938. This piece of film history represents a full-length biography of Florence Lawrence, also called the girl of a thousand faces . It contains photographs and a complete filmography of Lawrence's entire career. A summary chapter includes comments from various critics and historians, addressing how Lawrence is important to the film industry.