John Gilbert
John Gilbert
John Gilbert was an American actor and a major star of the silent film era. Known as "the great lover," he rivaled even Rudolph Valentino as a box office draw. Though he was often cited as one of the high profile examples of an actor who was unsuccessful in making the transition to talkies, there was speculation that his decline as a star had to do with studio politics and money and not the sound of his screen voice.
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TTU String Quartet Bring Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' to Lubbock - The Daily Toreador (registration)
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The quartet is made up by Tech's string faculty, namely John Gilbert, Annie Chalex Boyle, Renee Skerik and Jeffery Lastrapes. “We began work in January and chose this date very early on,” Jeannine Shannon, chair of the St. John's Art and Lectureship
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Last Word on Jack Layton - Huffington Post Canada
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On a beautiful, sun-drenched, Saturday afternoon a nation bid farewell to NDP boss, John Gilbert "Jack" Layton... the Leader of her Majesty's Official Opposition laid to rest with all the pomp and pageantry that a state funeral offers
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Faith briefs - LubbockOnline.com
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The quartet includes Tech music faculty members John Gilbert, Annie Chalex Boyle, Renee Skerik, and Jeffrey Lastrapes. Other confirmed musicians are Linda Lin, Allison Dobbs, Emilee Hall, Felicia Rojas, Veronica Salinas, Wendy Morton and Mark Morton
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The Two-Way : NPR - NPR
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Chief Warrant Officer John Gilbert, who served as maintenance officer on the Enterprise, said he often asked Honors to convey messages to the crew, and that whenever he did, it solved the problem at hand. For example, after a string of bad plumbing
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Connection with people made Layton a true Jack - London Free Press
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Jack Layton was christened John Gilbert Layton but he was undeniably a "Jack." He had what some--often those who don't have it and wish they did--refer to as the common touch. It can't be faked or manufactured. A man named John who lacks that easy, ... - -
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Viticulture briefs - Santa Rosa Press Democrat
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The database, available at womenwinemakers.com, covers 3200 wineries and was built by psychology professor Lucia Albino Gilbert and her husband, chemistry professor John Gilbert. They wanted to test the hypothesis that 15 to 20 percent of the
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Michel Nolan: Old West comes to Market Night - Redlands Daily Facts
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Before you start doing the math, I'm talking about John Gilbert, who does an amazing portrayal of the late, great lawman. Wyatt, aka John, will make an appearance Tuesday at San Bernardino's Farmers Fair and Market Night. It's Old West History Night,
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Baltimore inventor gave hope to those with hip problems - Baltimore Sun (blog)
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John Gilbert Collison Sr.'s device gave provided relief to those suffering from fractured hips By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun While the name John Gilbert Collison Sr. has been largely forgotten today, his invention of the artificial steel
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Burr Ridge Murder Trial Pushed to September - Patch.com
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An expert analyzing Internet queries John Gilbert allegedly made before the 2009 death of Jason Dragos said she needs more time to attempt to replicate DuPage County Sheriff's search results finding Gilbert's alleged research of
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Jury sides with 2 former East St. Louis officials - MiamiHerald.com
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Baxton, who the lawsuit claimed was less qualified than Grimming, resigned as chief in 2009 after facing scrutiny over his handling of the department's unsolved slayings and hiring practices. John Gilbert, an attorney for the city, said the city was
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Little Shell tribal factions strike agreement - News from Indian Country
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That mediation agreement says the heads of the two factions, John Sinclair and John Gilbert, will be joint leaders as the tribe seeks to win federal recognition and negotiates land claims. Sinclair will serve as the primary contact
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Glamour of the gods: Hollywood Portraits, National Portrait Gallery - review - Evening Standard
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The classic and the familiar include Garbo and John Gilbert locked in real embrace for Flesh And Blood (1929), and Elizabeth Taylor, aged 16, caught by Clarence Sinclair Bull, looking exotically, maturely beautiful. Joan Collins's rehearsal as a
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Little Shell tribal factions strike agreement - Tulsa Native American Times
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That mediation agreement says the heads of the two factions, John Sinclair and John Gilbert, will be joint leaders as the tribe seeks to win federal recognition and negotiates land claims. Sinclair will serve as the primary contact
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Little Shell Councils agree to hold new election - Great Falls Tribune
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According to a press release from the Great Falls-based Little Shell Tribal Council chaired by John Gilbert, he and Havre-based Little Shell Tribal Council Chairman John Sinclair, along with a quorum of each of their respective councils,
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Judge Says No to Potential 'Bad Acts' Evidence in Gilbert Murder Case - Patch.com
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... cut a seemingly tenuous thread prosecutors wanted to use to tie the 2009 shooting death of Jason Dragos at a Burr Ridge trucking company to an alleged worker's compensation scam in the 1990s run by John Gilbert, the man accused of killing Dragos
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Gilbert
    THIRTIES
  • 1936
    Age 36
    Gilbert suffered a second heart attack at his Bel Air home on January 9, 1936, which was fatal.
    More Details Hide Details A private funeral was held on January 11 at the B.E. Mortuary in Beverly Hills. Among the mourners were Gilbert's two ex-wives, Leatrice Joy and Virginia Bruce, his two daughters, and stars Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper, Myrna Loy, and Raquel Torres. Gilbert was cremated and his ashes were interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale in Glendale, California. Gilbert left the bulk of his estate, valued at $363,494 (equivalent to $ million in), to his last ex-wife Virginia Bruce and their daughter, Susan Ann. He left $10,000 to his eldest daughter Leatrice, and other amounts to friends, relatives and his servants. For his contribution to the motion picture industry, John Gilbert has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1755 Vine Street and in 1994, he was honored with his image on a United States postage stamp designed by caricaturist Al Hirschfeld.
  • 1935
    Age 35
    He suffered a serious heart attack in December 1935 which left him in poor health.
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  • 1934
    Age 34
    By 1934, alcoholism had severely damaged Gilbert's health.
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    Shortly after making Downstairs, he married co-star Virginia Bruce; the couple divorced in 1934.
    More Details Hide Details Gilbert fulfilled his contract with an unimportant "B" picture and left the studio in 1933. Greta Garbo insisted that Gilbert return to MGM to play her leading man in Queen Christina (1933), directed by Rouben Mamoulian. Garbo was top-billed, with Gilbert's name beneath the title. Again, the picture failed to revive his career. Columbia Pictures gave him what would be his final chance for a comeback in The Captain Hates the Sea (1934) in which he gave a capable performance as a frustrated playwright. But the off-screen cast of heavy drinkers encouraged his alcoholism and the film was his last.
  • 1932
    Age 32
    Gilbert's fourth and final marriage was to actress Virginia Bruce in August 1932.
    More Details Hide Details They had a daughter, Susan Ann, the following year before divorcing in May 1934. Before his death, Gilbert dated actress Marlene Dietrich. When he died, he had recently been slated to play a prominent role in support of Dietrich in the film Desire.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1929
    Age 29
    In 1929, Gilbert eloped with actress Ina Claire to Las Vegas. They separated in February 1931 and divorced six months later.
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    With the coming of sound, Gilbert's vocal talents made a good first impression in the all-star musical comedy The Hollywood Revue of 1929, appearing in a Technicolor sequence with Norma Shearer.
    More Details Hide Details They played the "balcony scene" from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, first as written, and then using current slang. Most reviewers did not note any problems with Gilbert's voice at this time and some praised it. Audiences awaited Gilbert's first romantic role on the talking screen. The vehicle was the Ruritanian romance His Glorious Night (also 1929). According to reviewers, audiences laughed nervously at Gilbert's performance. The fault was not Gilbert's voice, it was said, but the awkward scenario along with overly ardent love scenes. In one, Gilbert keeps kissing his leading lady, (Catherine Dale Owen), while saying "I love you" over and over again. The scene was parodied in the MGM musical Singin' in the Rain (1952) in which a preview of the fictional The Dueling Cavalier flops disastrously. Director King Vidor stated that Rudolph Valentino, Gilbert's main rival in the 1920s for romantic leads, probably would have suffered the same fate in the talkie era, had he lived. It was rumored that L.B. Mayer ordered Gilbert's voice to be gelded to a higher pitch to ruin him.
  • 1926
    Age 26
    In 1926, Gilbert made Flesh and the Devil, his first film with Greta Garbo.
    More Details Hide Details They soon began a highly publicized relationship, much to the delight of their fans. Gilbert wanted to marry her, but Garbo continually balked. Legend has it that a wedding was finally planned but Garbo failed to appear at the ceremony. Recent Garbo biographers, however, have questioned the veracity of this story. Despite their rocky off-screen relationship, they continued to generate box-office revenue for the studio, and MGM paired them in two more silents Love (1927), which was a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina, and A Woman of Affairs (1928). The former film was slyly advertised by MGM as "Garbo and Gilbert in Love." Throughout his time at MGM, Gilbert frequently clashed with studio head Louis B. Mayer over creative, social and financial matters. It was said, for example, that at the alleged double-wedding of Garbo and Gilbert and director King Vidor and actress Eleanor Boardman, Mayer made a crude remark about Garbo that led Gilbert to physically attack the mogul. This story has been disputed by some historians. Although one eyewitness—the bride, Eleanor Boardman—claimed to have seen the assault, others deny that it occurred.
  • 1925
    Age 25
    Joy was granted a divorce in May 1925.
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    In 1925 Gilbert was once again directed by Vidor in the war epic The Big Parade, which became the second-highest grossing silent film.
    More Details Hide Details His performance in this film made him a major star. The following year, Vidor reunited Gilbert with two of his co-stars from that picture, Renée Adorée and Karl Dane, for the film La Bohème which also starred Lillian Gish.
  • 1924
    Age 24
    In 1924, Gilbert moved to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, where he became a full-fledged star with such high-profile films as His Hour directed by King Vidor and written by Elinor Glyn; He Who Gets Slapped (both 1924), co-starring Lon Chaney, and Norma Shearer, and directed by Victor Sjöström; and The Merry Widow (1925) directed by Erich von Stroheim and co-starring Mae Murray.
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  • 1923
    Age 23
    The marriage was tumultuous and, in June 1923, Joy filed for legal separation after she claimed that Gilbert slapped her face after a night of heavy drinking. They reconciled several months later. In August 1924, Joy, who was pregnant with the couple's first child, filed for divorce.
    More Details Hide Details Joy later said she left Gilbert after discovering he was having an affair with actress Laurette Taylor. Joy also claimed that Gilbert had conducted affairs with Barbara La Marr (with whom he had a romance before his marriage to Joy), Lila Lee and Bebe Daniels. Their daughter, Leatrice Gilbert, was born on September 4, 1924.
  • 1921
    Age 21
    In February 1921, Gilbert announced his engagement to actress Leatrice Joy. They married in Tijuana in November 1921. As Gilbert had failed to secure a divorce from his first wife and the legality of Gilbert and Joy's Mexican marriage was questionable, the couple separated and had the marriage annulled to avoid a scandal. They remarried on March 3, 1922.
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    In 1921, Gilbert signed a three-year contract with Fox Film Corporation, where he was cast as a romantic leading man.
    More Details Hide Details Some of his films for Fox include Monte Cristo, an adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo; St. Elmo, an adaptation of a popular book of the period; The Wolf Man, not a horror film, but the story of a man who believes he murdered his fiancee's brother while drunk, and many others. Although he became a star, Gilbert did not reach the level of fame he would soon achieve.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1918
    Age 18
    Gilbert was married four times. His first marriage was to Olivia Burwell, a native of Mississippi whom Gilbert had met after her family moved to California, on August 26, 1918. They separated the following year and Olivia Burwell Gilbert returned to Mississippi for a while. She filed for divorce in Los Angeles in 1921.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1899
    Born
    Born on July 10, 1899.
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