By Joshua Kendall
Whilst such a lot folks contemplate Charles Lindbergh, we photo a speeding twenty-five-year-old aviator stepping out of the Spirit of St. Louis after finishing his solo flight around the Atlantic. What we don't see is the awkward highschool pupil, who hottest ogling new contraptions on the ironmongery shop to looking at women stroll through of their summer season attire. yes, Lindbergh's particular attitude invented the pre-flight record, yet his obsession with order additionally led him to call for that his spouse and 3 German mistresses account for all their family costs in certain ledgers.
Lucky Lindy is only one of a number of American icons whom Joshua Kendall places at the psychologist's sofa in AMERICA'S OBSESSIVES. during this attention-grabbing examine the arc of yankee historical past in the course of the lens of compulsive habit, he indicates how a few of our nation's maximum achievements-from the announcement of Independence to the discovery of the iPhone-have roots within the disappointments and frustrations of early childhood.
Starting with the obsessive natures of a few of Silicon Valley's titans, together with Steve Jobs, Kendall strikes directly to profile seven iconic figures, equivalent to founding father Thomas Jefferson, licentious librarian Melvil Dewey, condiment kingpin H. J. Heinz, slugger Ted Williams, and Estee Lauder. This final character was once so captivated with touching different women's faces that she remodeled her compulsion right into a multibillion-dollar cosmetics corporation.
Entertaining and instructive, Kendall bargains up a couple of scoops alongside the best way: Little do so much american citizens be aware of that Charles Lindbergh, less than the alias Clark Kent, sired seven young ones together with his 3 German "wives." As Lindbergh's daughter Reeve advised Kendall, "Now i do know why he was once long gone loads. I additionally comprehend why he used to be thrilled whilst i used to be studying German."
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One of the new lots that was built in the wake of the Zukor/Lasky merger was called Paralta Studios, which was located a mile to the southwest of the Famous Players–Lasky studio at 5451 Marathon Avenue. The studio was later taken over by Scotsman Robert Brunton, who ran the lot as a rental property for independent producers, charging a fee for everything from stage space to secretarial assistance. These two aerial photographs show the property in 1920 looking to the northwest (above) and to the northeast (below).
During this time, Valentino was secretly courted by Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks to join with United Artists (UA), their distribution wing. Valentino’s stay with UA would prove equally short, as he died suddenly of peritonitis in August 1926. Valentino’s funeral in New York and burial in Hollywood would be like none other seen before or since, with thousands of mourners lining the streets while a plane circled overhead dropping rose petals onto the well-wishers below. Valentino, the great lover of the silent screen, is interred across the wall from Paramount at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
His friend and partner, Cecil B. DeMille, sits just to the right. The picture was undoubtedly DeMille’s idea, as he was known for sentimentality in both his films and personal life, frequently snapping photographs and saving virtually everything associated with his productions. 31 Lasky and DeMille, 1916. After a shaky start to their relationship, Jesse Lasky and Cecil B. DeMille (seen here in DeMille’s office) became lifelong friends. They first got together when Lasky, fresh off the failure of his Folies Bergere music hall theater, decided to produce a new operetta that featured Native Americans.
America's Obsessives: The Compulsive Energy That Built a Nation by Joshua Kendall