Review: The Girls in the Picture

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The Girls in the Picture by Melanie BenjaminGirlsinthePicture

Delacorte Press, 2018.  Hardcover, 448 pages.

Benjamin is noted for her previous best-selling works,The Aviator’s Wife andThe Swans of Fifth Avenue, brought forth her latest work of historical fiction last week.  The Girls in the Picture brings to life the story of Frances Marion and Mary Pickford.  Not only were they the best of friends, but the pair were also a creative tour-de-force in the early years of the motion picture industry.

The story opened in 1914 when Frances first met Mary on a Hollywood set.  She had come to see about drawing the actress and they connected.  Alongside the new-found friendship, Frances became enthralled with the industry, but did not want to act, and tried various rolls before setting in as a writer, then called a scenarist.  And once that niche was found, Frances and Mary…

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