About Me

My name is Elizabeth and I am a film historian and archivist. I’m primarily interested in how films relate to and reflect the time period in which they were made. They say a lot more about us than one might think. I recently received a Masters’ Degree in History and spend most of my time researching film and hosting local screenings in my spare time.

As one can tell from my blog, I am a huge Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. fan. I only had to see him on the screen once and I was completely smitten. The more I learned about him, the more my interest grew. Here was a man who was not only charming and good looking, but a multi-faceted and talented person with a lot of remarkable attributes. He wasn’t just good at acting, he was good at art and writing, he was a military hero, and a family man.

In addition to researching the life and career of Fairbanks, I am also a collector. I have collectibles ranging from autographs to estate items to contemporary film memorabilia of both Junior and Senior. I’ve amassed a fairly large collection of vintage publicity photographs and movie stills of Fairbanks, Jr. as well. At some point, it is my plan to make these available to other fans.

This blog is a place to share my research and to raise an appreciation for the talented young Fairbanks.

My Mission:

During his lifetime, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. published two autobiographies on his life. The first book details the early part of his life up to 1939 and is entitled “The Salad Days.” The other covers his years in the U.S. Navy during World War II and is entitled “A Hell of a War.” He ends his second autobiography with the words “To be continued…” and even confirms that he is writing a third book in an interview. Unfortunately, he never published a third autobiography. I have hopes to pick up where he left off by publishing a comprehensive biography that includes the latter half of his life on which he did not get to publish. My goal is to treat him fairly by not falling victim to gossip, scandal, or speculation. He lived a life that deserves to be remembered for all of his great accomplishments in film, television, stage, art, and the military.

Follow me on this journey as I research and share the life of a great artist who is often forgotten!

Disclaimer: I am not in any way affiliated with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. or his family.

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21 thoughts on “About Me

    • Thank you so much for that! I really appreciate it and will definitely participate. I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed my blog. I wasn’t sure how much interest it would get when I created it so I’m happy to hear that. Thank you again 🙂

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    • Thank you so much! This is actually really funny because I was nominated two weeks ago and got really behind on answering those questions. However, I had you listed as one of my nominees too! I’ll be happy to accept this nomination and answer these questions and hope you will do the same. 🙂

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  1. Dave Dalton says:

    I just acquired a sketch by Fairbanks, Jr., depicting Barrymore as Mr. Hyde. It was done in 1982 (presumably from a photo) on Four Seasons, NY stationery. Imagine my surprise to discover, when visiting your blog, that the two had had such a close relationship. I would be happy to send you a photo of the sketch if you tell me how. I find the sketch remarkable.

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    • That sounds absolutely wonderful! Fairbanks was a talented artist in more than one way and his sketches are really fascinating. The two were very close and so a drawing of Barrymore by Fairbanks is a real treasure. I would be happy to see it. Thank you so much for reaching out about it. I am a Fairbanks collector so I love to see things like that!

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  2. Yay! Love seeing Douglas Jr. fans expressing their ongoing interest in his career. I’ve been a fan ever since I caught sight of him in Catherine The Great on public TV back in the ’80’s. I’ve had a site dedicated to him for many years, well, since 1998 it was on AOL, then TRIPOD, and now it lives here in WordPress. Happy to run across another mega-fan and I’m so happy to be following your blog!

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  3. Hi Elizabeth, I’m a non-infamous grandson of DF, Jr. We spent many years with him & my grandmother, Mary Lee, from FL, NYC & VT … to London, where we lived for a couple years & my mom was raised. My mom, Victoria, is his middle daughter. I know you say you try to collect from time to time, and mom had some Art Nouveau settees/benches that belonged to him (see description) that we’ve listed through Flanagan Lane Antiques(Seattle). It’s a way to own a real piece of his life, that never made it to his estate auction. Anyway, I thought I’d give you the link to have some fun with, or if there was anyone you know who you think might be interested. And if you have any private questions, I’d be more than happy to answer what I can & know. Regards, Barry
    https://www.rubylane.com/item/413364-VF1/Pair-Antique-Art-Nouveau-Setteex27s-Late?search=1

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    • Thank you so much for reaching out! I am a huge fan of your grandfather. He was truly one of a kind. I do collect and wish that I could afford these beautiful benches for what they’re worth. Unfortunately I am not in a place to at this time but I do hope they will go to someone who will appreciate them. I would be happy to post them onto my site here to help advertise though. If anything else comes up for sale I would love to hear about it! Thanks again for reaching out and sharing your story. I really appreciate it. If there is any way I can help advertise the benches or anything else just let me know. Thanks, Elizabeth

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  4. Philip Warren says:

    If you read about the holdings of the Fairbanks Archive at Boston University, it mention that the third volume of his memoirs is in manuscript form.

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    • Thank you for the invite and always reaching out! Blogathons are great fun and a wonderful way to inspire new ideas for posts. I’ve posted a comment with my request. Thanks again!

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