About the author

Lara Gabrielle is a writer, film researcher and teacher based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her research on Marion Davies has taken her all over the world, and she has spoken about Marion Davies at some of the world’s most respected classic film festivals. Lara’s article on Marion Davies’ transition to sound appears in the summer 2018 edition of the Missouri Review. Lara wrote the program for the screening of The Red Mill at Kennington Bioscope Silent Film Festival in London, and the liner notes for the recent restoration of When Knighthood Was in Flower. Lara writes at Backlots, an award-winning classic film blog in operation since 2011. As a reporter, she annually covers such events as the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, the TCM Classic Film Festival, and Noir City. She is currently advising on the American Masters documentary on William Randolph Hearst for PBS.


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