Independent researcher, Joan Myers, tells us of her findings from her search for information regarding the silent film actress, Virginia Rappe -- mainly known in film history as the woman who “destroyed” Arbuckle’s career through her death following a party in his hotel room.
Myers examines the received history of the subsequent trial(s) investigating Rappe’s death (and Arbuckle’s participation/responsibility) and the factors that contributed to how we understand those events today.
A non-canonical reading of silent film history, Myers’s account is an important one for feminist scholars.
Many thanks to Joan Myers and Marilyn Slater for their photos/materials used in the interview. (interview JULY 1, 2009)