New Giveaway! The Girls In The Picture by Melanie Benjamin

Melanie Benjamin

The Girls in the Picture

Look what’s new in trade paperback: THE GIRLS IN THE PICTURE  is a novel that reads like part memoir, part tell-all. You film buffs are going to be gaga about this one!


Melanie Benjamin

Beginning in 1969, Frances Marion is looking back over her life. Remembering the years working with Mary Pickford and recalling their years of friendship. Setting the tone.

Flash back to 1914 when Mary and Frances first meet. You see, Mary Pickford became a huge film star. And Frances was right there next to her every step of the way. But Frances was not a movie star. Frances was the screen writer for Mary’s movies. Before and after the silent film era. Their friendship was legendary. Until it wasn’t.

Mary Pickford was a tiny yellow-haired sprite of a girl.  She was poked and prodded into stardom by her mother. I’ve no doubt that’s where the term stage -mother came from. Mary was the sole bread winner for her family.  She hardly had a moment to herself.  And then she ended up in a  bad marriage. Ugh.

Mary and Frances

Frances Marion came along just as Mary truly needed a friend. They became attached at the hip.  This friendship was bound to have ups and downs. And  so it did. Both women shot to stardom and had tumultuous lives.

Frances Marion blew through four marriages.  Mary, who married in haste the first time, fell in love with Douglas Fairbanks while they were both still married to others. It was scandalous, but, after all, Mary was America’s sweetheart. The fans decided it was a wonderful love story.

Not every actor or actress survived the transition from silent movies to “talkies.”  Some of these movie people just could not move into the future. But Mary thrived.  She and Douglas became American Royalty.  Their mansion, Pickfair, became as renown as Buckingham Palace.


Both Mary Pickford and Frances Marion have penned memoirs. Both leave much to be desired, says Melanie Benjamin.  But with her tireless research and her passion for details, she has managed to bring us what she always does: a historical rendering that compels us to want to know even more.

I have to say that I am not a fan of Hollywood; now or then. So when I heard this book was about the movies, I was not wild to read it. Having said that, I have to say that I became engrossed in the lives of these two famous women once I realized how timely this story is. You have to admit that anything to do with the casting couch is very popular right now. These women overcame the limitations of  their gender and conquered their professions.  This happened a century ago. And it’s still going on to this day all over the world, and in every profession. Time for change.

Melanie Benjamin is the best-selling author of THE AVIATOR’S WIFE and  THE SWANS OF FIFTH AVENUE.  She spoke about THE SWANS OF FIFTH AVENUE at Artis-Naples last March and a small group of us had lunch with her. She’s delightful.

I have one copy of the trade paperback edition of THE GIRLS IN THE PICTURE for giveaway. Please comment below to be entered to win. As usual, only U.S. addresses and no P.O. boxes, please. Your copy of the book is being provided by Random House Publishing Group through Wunderkind Books.

I will choose my winer on Valentine’s Day, February 14, of next week. Good luck and Cheers!


28 thoughts on “New Giveaway! The Girls In The Picture by Melanie Benjamin

  1. Enjoyed both of Melanie Benjamin’s books and saw her at Artis-Naples along with a full house on a Saturday morning. Led her books in my book club and would enjoy reading her new one.

  2. I, too, have not been a fan of books about the movies and stars, but I have read Melanie Benjamin’s other books which are wonderful. Surely this will be a good read – I hope to enjoy her new one. Thanks.

  3. I am a fan of Melanie Benjamin’s books and my daughter has a degree in filmic/screenwriting so we would really love to win a copy of this book…fingers crossed

  4. I really liked her first two books. Even bought the perfume that Babe Paley wore; didn’t particularly like it but was fascinated by those people in that era. Look forward to this book; you make it sound like a good read. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  5. This book sounds amazing. I was a film major before I switched to communications and I remember reading about how so many actresses could not make the transition to talkies because of their voice or the lack of emotion in their voice.

  6. Enjoyed your review today at Olde Cypress. Allison Richmond and Jenna Bloom will be in Naples Feb 28 @ 1:00/3:30 at Temple Shalom. Hopefully there will be some tickets left.
    Looking forward to seeing you there.

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