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.
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.