Saturday, December 8, 2012

Photoplay's Weight Loss Series Of 1926 - Pt. 1

In 1926, PHOTOPLAY ran a series of articles by Catherine Brody about the dangers of the dieting fad called "Wholesale Murder And Suicide".


Barbar La Marr was one of Zasu Pitt's friends.

Nita Naldi costarred with Rudolph Valenino in the silent classic BLOOD AND SAND.

Katherine Grant costarred with Charlie Chase in the silent era.
Fay Lanphier was known as "The American Venus".

 First word of the article on this page is "permitted" - but the "per" seems to be missing.


"Mannikin" as used here refers to a model, which is why it says "mannikin or motion picture actress".
The starvation diet business is a pretty grim thing to be associated with prettiness.
A number of stars suffered from the effects of excessive dieting. Diet pills commonly taken at the time could have adverse effects,  sometimes leading to heart trouble or even death.
In 1926, Catherine Brody wrote a series of articles in PHOTOPLAY about problems related to dieting, which was related to the current ideal of the "flapper", who was supposed to be thinner than the traditional norm in addition to rebelling against things like layers of undergarments and long hair. The movies of the period depicted heroines as being flappers and influenced many young ladies to follow the trend.
 The modern media seeks to set abnormal standards which can cause problems to those who might follow them, and the problem is still with us today.

Betty Blythe in the movie SHE, based on the H. Rider Haggard's novel.

Katherine Grant worked with Charlie Chase.

Nita Naldi worked costarred with Rudolph Valentino in BLOOD AND SAND


Betty Blythe - Silent Hollywood:

Betty Blythe And SHE:
Dieting Through The Ages:


Photoplay And Other Fan Magazines At Media History Project:


Silent Movies To Watch At


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