Leatrice Gilbert Fountain was simply the most fascinating person I have ever met. I wrote her a fan letter years ago after reading her book DARK STAR: The Untold Story of the Meteoric Rise and Fall of Legendary Silent Screen Star John Gilbert, her father’s biography. She responded with a letter and an invitation to join the John Gilbert Appreciation Society. I joined and eventually became president of the Society.
As president of the JGAS, I had the privilege of getting to know her well. I interviewed her, consulted with her on the JGAS newsletter, and attended film events with her. I was in awe of Leatrice. She had every ounce of her father’s charm, if not more. She was larger than life, and yet she made others feel important.
She loaned me many photographs when I interviewed her for the SILENTS MAJORITY: Online Journal of Silent Film. Among the beautiful stills was a newspaper clipping with a…
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