The Girls in the Picture

The Girls in the Picture

An intimate portrait of the close friendship and powerful creative partnership between two of Hollywood?s earliest female superstars: Frances Marion and Mary Pickford. An enchanting new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue and The Aviator?s Wife. Hollywood, 1914. Frances Marion, a young writer desperate for a break, meets ?America?s An intimate portrait of the close friendship and powerful creative partnership between two of Hollywood?s ea...

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Title:The Girls in the Picture
Author:Melanie Benjamin
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:The Girls in the Picture
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:448 pages pages

The Girls in the Picture Reviews

  • JanB
    Feb 04, 2018
    3.5 stars rounded up to 4 I loved reading about these two trailblazing women in the filming industry: Mary Pickford, "America's Sweetheart", and Frances Marion, a renowned female screenwriter, known as a scenarist in the early days, and the first to win two Academy Awards. The early...
  • Dawn Michelle
    Jan 14, 2018
    This was a very good read and I am grateful to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this ARC. Going into this book, I knew very little about Mary Pickford and absolutely nothing about Frances Marion. I had had a class in high school on film and its origins and how it advanced ov...
  • Sue
    Sep 20, 2017
    I enjoy historical fiction books but had never read anything about the early days of the movies. This book covered the careers of Mary Pickford, one of America's first movie stars and Frances Marion, an early screenwriter. The author had done significant research into the lives and car...
  • ☮Karen
    Jun 17, 2017
    3.5 stars About a century ago, actress Mary Pickford and scenarist Frances Marion were best friends as their young careers were just taking off. Together, they forged new paths for women in their industry, with Mary forming United Artist's studio with husband Douglas Fairbanks, and ...
  • Marialyce
    Feb 05, 2018
    5 fantastical stars I am in awe and quite sleepless as well over this book. In a word it was awesome. Ms Benjamin has created for us a world that was early Hollywood. It was a world where silent movies were becoming the rage and where woman were taking the reins or at least trying t...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    Dec 28, 2017
    The Girls in the Picture is a book that I knew that I wanted to read as soon as I saw it. I love reading historical fiction about movie stars, or stories that in one way or another takes place in Hollywood. Especially around the Silent movie era and when the talkies came. I had only pr...
  • Laurel-Rain
    Nov 06, 2017
    It is 1914, and twenty-five-year-old Frances Marion has left her (second) husband and her Northern California home for the lure of Los Angeles, where she is determined to live independently as an artist. But the word on everyone?s lips these days is ?flickers??the silent moving...
  • Good Book Fairy
    Jan 15, 2018
    4 stars For More Reviews Like This please visit www.goodbookfairy.com The Girls In The Picture is yet another addition to Melanie Benjamin?s novels that explores women of all types throughout history. Until now, I thought The Aviator?s Wife was her best to date, but this one com...
  • Candace
    Sep 02, 2017
    I was so disappointed in this book. I loved Melanie Benjamin's first two novels, "Alice I have Been" and The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb" but was not as in love with "The Aviator's Wife" and disliked "Swans." Now there's "The Girls in the Picture" which is a crushing disappointm...
  • Cynthia
    Aug 16, 2017
    Stories about Hollywood's beginnings are like catnip to me and this story is about two powerful women with a strong friendship. Mary Pickford the silent film actress and Marion Frances a screenwriter or scenarist as they were called then dream and work together and along the way become...
  • Cindy Burnett
    Jan 28, 2018
    I am conflicted about The Girls in the Picture. I am a huge fan of Mary Pickford and learned significantly more about her in The Girls in the Picture, and I knew virtually nothing about Frances Marion so I enjoyed the details about her. However, I felt the book was overly long and draw...
  • Karen
    Jan 13, 2018
    I was drawn to this story based on the summary and the fact that I enjoyed two of Melanie Benjamin?s previous books. The Girls in the Picture is another good story. Right off the bat, Benjamin?s stage-setting for the future partnership between ?America?s Sweetheart? Mary Pick...
  • Theresa Alan
    Dec 19, 2017
    This is a novel I will be recommending to everyone. Historical fiction, The Girls in the Picture is a book for everyone who has an interest in the evolution of film and of women trying to be taken seriously in the workplace. Frances doesn't want to be an actress, but she wants to be...
  • Andrea
    Dec 16, 2017
    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 but cannot round up. I really thought I would like this book--much more. I am a fan of historical fiction. And I enjoyed Benjamin's The Swans of Fifth Avenue. I am a movie buff. So I was poised to enjoy this r...
  • Elizabeth
    Jan 25, 2018
    I'm not going to spend a lot of time writing this review. I really and truly disliked this novel. I had a tough time even getting through it and as I try to figure out exactly why I have to believe that I just didn't like any of the characters. They were "blah." The story was the same....
  • Martie Nees Record
    Nov 12, 2017
    Genre: Historical Fiction Pub. Date: January 16, 2018 Publisher: Random House Melanie Benjamin is a favorite author of mine. She writes in a distinctive genre that I favor known as Historical Autobiographical Fiction. It is reading historical fiction as if you are reading the memo...
  • Susan Johnson
    Jan 14, 2018
    3.75 stars This book couldn't be more appropriate for this day and time with the "Me Too" movement going on. It's about the beginning of the movie picture industry with Mary Pickford, famed actress, and her best friend, Frances Marion, an extraordinary screenwriter, as the featured...
  • Julie
    Jan 30, 2018
    The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin is a 2018 Delacorte Press publication. I love tales from old Hollywood- the silent pictures, the scandals, the innovations and vision that are felt throughout the industry to this day. This story zeroes in on the tumultuous friendshi...
  • Judy
    Dec 06, 2017
    Engrossing story of Mary Pickford and Frances Marion, two pioneers in the movie industry, beginning in 1914. Mary Pickford starred in "flickers" (silent movies) and was known as America's sweetheart. Frances Marion became a famous screenwriter - one of the first females in the industry...
  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    Apr 18, 2018
    Netgalley #35 Many thanks go to Melanie Benjamin, Random House, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. I'm a fan of Melanie Benjamin. I have all of her books. I like how they are about more obscure historical figures. This one is about ...
  • Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)
    Oct 02, 2017
    You can read this and all of my reviews at LitWitWineDine. I really enjoyed The Swans of Fifth Avenue and started getting excited about The Girls in the Picture as soon as it was announced. In fact, it was the book I was most excited about receiving at Book Expo 2017. Melanie ...
  • Tammy
    Feb 07, 2018
    WOW. Mary Pickford and Frances Marion. This novel is about Mary?s life, her one true love Douglas Fairbanks and her successes and losses personally and in pictures, along with Academy Award writer and friend Frances Marion?s highly successful life. Their friendship is about the sac...
  • Jennifer
    Jan 23, 2018
    DNF @ 23% As Kenny Rogers famously sang, "You got to know when to hold 'em. Know when to fold 'em. Know when to walk away. Know when to run." This book seemed like something that should have been right up by alley (two strong women making their way in the early days of Hollywood ...
  • Ethel
    Nov 02, 2017
    The Girls in the Picture The year is 1914 and the movie industry is just beginning to flourish, known as the "flickers" the silent movies are gaining in popularity. Mary Pickford has already become "America's Sweetheart while Frances Marion, recently settled in Los Angeles, is not onl...
  • Lisa
    Jan 30, 2018
    An enlightening portrait of two creative and powerful women who helped shape Hollywood. SUMMARY THE GIRLS IN THE PICTURE is a look behind the scenes at the earliest days of Hollywood and the friendship between two legends. Mary Pickford known as the girl with the curls, was Americ...
  • Linda
    Jul 01, 2017
    Thank you NetGalley for the advance copy of this e-book. Before reading this book is knew very little about Mary Pickford, and Frances Marion, I had never heard her name. Which after reading Melanie Benjamin book that was my introduction to Frances Marion and in a way also Mary Pickfor...
  • Toni
    Dec 09, 2017
    Women are back in the news to regain their place among men in what we always think is "a man's world." Back in 1910 through 1920 two smart women made their imprint in the growing stages of Hollywood in that critical transition from silent era to "talkies." Even many big name stars fell...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister
    Sep 20, 2017
    5 epic, huggable, flickering stars to The Girls in the Picture ? ? ? ? ? Before reading this book, what I knew about Mary Pickford, America?s Sweetheart, was vague. I knew even less about her best friend and prolific screenwriter, Frances Marion. As I read this, I kept ...
  • Kristy K
    Dec 05, 2017
    ?A story that began with two women?once girls. One golden-haired, one with raven locks. Standing next to each other on a porch, gazing up at a night full of stars.? I fell in love with Benjamin?s work when I read The Aviator's Wife a few years ago. She does a great job at ta...
  • Juli
    Feb 12, 2018
    It seems strange and very intriguing to me that silent movies and the beginnings of the film industry in Los Angeles happened more than 100 years ago. It doesn't seem possible that we are a century away from the old black and white "flickers.'' This book is about the friendship between...