My name is Elizabeth and I am a film and cultural historian. I am mostly interested in studying films and how they relate to and reflect the time period in which they were created. They say a lot more about us than most people think! I am currently finishing my Masters’ Degree in History and researching the life and career of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., in my spare time for a long-term project I am working on. I am also a Fairbanks collector and have collectibles ranging from autographs to estate items to contemporary film memorabilia of both Junior and Senior. 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.