The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin

The Girls in the Picture

An intimate portrait of the close friendship and powerful creative partnership between two of Hollywood’s earliest female superstars: Frances Marion and Mary Pickford. An enchanting new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue and The Aviator’s Wife.Hollywood, 1914. Frances Marion, a young writer desperate for a break, meets “America’s Sweetheart,” Mary Pickford, already making a name for herself bot...

Details The Girls in the Picture

TitleThe Girls in the Picture
Release DateJan 16th, 2018
PublisherDelacorte Press
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

Reviews The Girls in the Picture

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    5 epic, huggable, flickering stars to The Girls in the Picture ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Before reading this book, what I knew about Mary Pickford, America’s Sweetheart, was vague. I knew even less about her best friend and prolific screenwriter, Frances Marion. As I read this, I kept thinking this book is epic. This book was engrossing, unputdownable, thorough, perfectly written. I can’t imagine two more fully-developed and well-crafted “charact...
  • Julie
    The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin is a 2018 Delacorte Press publication. I love tales from old Hollywood- the silent pictures, the scandals, the innovations and vision that are felt throughout the industry to this day. This story zeroes in on the tumultuous friendship between movie star Mary Pickford and screenwriter, Frances Marion. I loved the way Benjamin gives Frances such real and believable voice as she regales us with the beginn...
  • Theresa Alan
    This is a novel I will be recommending to everyone. Historical fiction, The Girls in the Picture is a book for everyone who has an interest in the evolution of film and of women trying to be taken seriously in the workplace.Frances doesn't want to be an actress, but she wants to be a part of the movies, and she finds her niche as a "scenarist" during the era of silent films, when the "flickers" were considered a low form of entertainment and cert...
  • Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)
    You can read this and all of my reviews at Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine.I really enjoyed The Swans of Fifth Avenue and started getting excited about The Girls in the Picture as soon as it was announced. In fact, it was the book I was most excited about receiving at Book Expo 2017. Melanie Benjamin was as much a delight in person, at her in-booth signing, as she is on her social media accounts. She even allowed me to blather on about her kitchen reno (it ...
  • JanB
    3.5 stars rounded up to 4I loved reading about these two trailblazing women in the filming industry: Mary Pickford, "America's Sweetheart", and Frances Marion, a renowned female screenwriter, known as a scenarist in the early days, and the first to win two Academy Awards. The early days of Hollywood and the transition from silent films, the "flickers", to "talkies" was riveting reading. What these two women accomplished over a century ago in a ma...
  • Cindy Burnett
    I am conflicted about The Girls in the Picture. I am a huge fan of Mary Pickford and learned significantly more about her in The Girls in the Picture, and I knew virtually nothing about Frances Marion so I enjoyed the details about her. However, I felt the book was overly long and drawn out, and as I was reading I wished it had ended earlier in the women’s lives. In the Author’s Note, Benjamin explains how much she glosses over in the later y...
  • Marialyce
    5 fantastical starsI am in awe and quite sleepless as well over this book. In a word it was awesome. Ms Benjamin has created for us a world that was early Hollywood. It was a world where silent movies were becoming the rage and where woman were taking the reins or at least trying to in a society dominated and controlled by males. We are introduced to two powerful women of the past, Mary Pickford and Frances Marion, who become great friends and tr...
  • Victoria
    I love Old Hollywood movies, historical fiction and this author’s last book, The Swans of Fifth Avenue, was an enchanting five-star read for me. Maybe all of that set my expectations too high, but while I loved learning about Mary Pickford, France Marion and the beginnings of the movie industry, it was in the telling of the story that this book didn’t quite work as well as her previous. There was an unevenness to the narrative mostly due to t...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    The Girls in the Picture is a book that I knew that I wanted to read as soon as I saw it. I love reading historical fiction about movie stars, or stories that in one way or another takes place in Hollywood. Especially around the Silent movie era and when the talkies came. I had only previously read Reckless Hearts: A Story of Slim Hawks and Ernest Hemingway by Melanie Benjamin, but she has written several books that I want to read.What really str...
  • Lisa
    An enlightening portrait of two creative and powerful women who helped shape Hollywood. SUMMARYTHE GIRLS IN THE PICTURE is a look behind the scenes at the earliest days of Hollywood and the friendship between two legends. Mary Pickford known as the girl with the curls, was America’s first sweetheart. She was a international superstar, who was mobbed upon her first time arrival in London. She was the first actor to have her name put on a movie m...
  • Juli
    It seems strange and very intriguing to me that silent movies and the beginnings of the film industry in Los Angeles happened more than 100 years ago. It doesn't seem possible that we are a century away from the old black and white "flickers.'' This book is about the friendship between Actress Mary Pickford, who was touted as America's Sweetheart back in the early days, and Frances Marion, an early screenwriter. Both women were incredibly famous ...
  • ☮Karen
    3.5 starsAbout a century ago, actress Mary Pickford and scenarist Frances Marion were best friends as their young careers were just taking off. Together, they forged new paths for women in their industry, with Mary forming United Artist's studio with husband Douglas Fairbanks, and Frances being the best and highest paid female screenwriter. With today's spotlight on Hollywood's so-called casting couch, this story was quite timely in detailing how...
  • Karen
    I was drawn to this story based on the summary and the fact that I enjoyed two of Melanie Benjamin’s previous books. The Girls in the Picture is another good story. Right off the bat, Benjamin’s stage-setting for the future partnership between “America’s Sweetheart” Mary Pickford and renowned Academy Award winning screenwriter Frances Marion hooked me.Despite early rejection of powerful men in the movie industry, the success of Marion a...
  • Toni
    Women are back in the news to regain their place among men in what we always think is "a man's world." Back in 1910 through 1920 two smart women made their imprint in the growing stages of Hollywood in that critical transition from silent era to "talkies." Even many big name stars fell by the side of the road during this major event.Mary Pickford started out as that little girl with the golden curls, but what no one knew at the time was that unde...
  • Judy
    Engrossing story of Mary Pickford and Frances Marion, two pioneers in the movie industry, beginning in 1914. Mary Pickford starred in "flickers" (silent movies) and was known as America's sweetheart. Frances Marion became a famous screenwriter - one of the first females in the industry. The two women became very close friends, and this is the story of their friendship. It is also the story of the very beginnings of the movies and Hollywood, and f...
  • Martie Nees Record
    Genre: Historical FictionPub. Date: January 16, 2018Publisher: Random HouseMelanie Benjamin is a favorite author of mine. She writes in a distinctive genre that I favor known as Historical Autobiographical Fiction. It is reading historical fiction as if you are reading the memoir of the real-life main character. To work, this genre needs to be as well-researched as it is well-written. Also, the reader needs to remember that no matter how knowledg...
  • Candace
    I was so disappointed in this book.I loved Melanie Benjamin's first two novels, "Alice I have Been" and The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb" but was not as in love with "The Aviator's Wife" and disliked "Swans." Now there's "The Girls in the Picture" which is a crushing disappointment.Let's start with the cover, which shows two women in 1930s gowns looking vaguely like Norma Shearer and Kay Francis. Since neither of those women are part of the st...
  • Sue
    I enjoy historical fiction books but had never read anything about the early days of the movies. This book covered the careers of Mary Pickford, one of America's first movie stars and Frances Marion, an early screenwriter. The author had done significant research into the lives and careers of both of these women and the story was both educational and great fun to read. Mary and Frances became great friends and stuck with each other through good a...
  • Tammy
    WOW. Mary Pickford and Frances Marion. This novel is about Mary’s life, her one true love Douglas Fairbanks and her successes and losses personally and in pictures, along with Academy Award writer and friend Frances Marion’s highly successful life. Their friendship is about the sacrifices and compromises they made in order to succeed. A very interesting and powerful story!👏🏻👏🏻 Highly recommend 👍🏻
  • Ethel (
    The Girls in the PictureThe year is 1914 and the movie industry is just beginning to flourish, known as the "flickers" the silent movies are gaining in popularity. Mary Pickford has already become "America's Sweetheart while Frances Marion, recently settled in Los Angeles, is not only enamored of the new industry, but gains entry into the world of "moving pictures" becoming a screenwriter. Both women become fast friends, similar in many ways, yet...
  • Cynthia
    Stories about Hollywood's beginnings are like catnip to me and this story is about two powerful women with a strong friendship. Mary Pickford the silent film actress and Marion Frances a screenwriter or scenarist as they were called then dream and work together and along the way become string friends and achieve lots. Most people will recognize Mary's name but Marion is based on a real person as well. I was surprised at how closely Benjamin stick...
  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    Netgalley #35Many thanks go to Melanie Benjamin, Random House, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.I'm a fan of Melanie Benjamin. I have all of her books. I like how they are about more obscure historical figures. This one is about the relationship that developed between silent film star Mary Pickford and screenwriter Frances Marion. It follows Pickford from childhood living out of trunks until death an...
  • Kristy K
    “A story that began with two women—once girls. One golden-haired, one with raven locks. Standing next to each other on a porch, gazing up at a night full of stars.”I fell in love with Benjamin’s work when I read The Aviator's Wife a few years ago. She does a great job at taking a perhaps forgotten woman (or women) and bringing them back to life. I had never heard of Frances Marion or Mary Pickford prior to reading this, but now I feel a c...
  • Dawn Michelle
    This was a very good read and I am grateful to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this ARC. Going into this book, I knew very little about Mary Pickford and absolutely nothing about Frances Marion. I had had a class in high school on film and its origins and how it advanced over the years, so I have seen Mary Pickford on the "big screen" and knew of some of the movies they talked about [especially "Poor Little Rich Girl"], but her backstory I ...
  • Linda
    Thank you NetGalley for the advance copy of this e-book. Before reading this book is knew very little about Mary Pickford, and Frances Marion, I had never heard her name. Which after reading Melanie Benjamin book that was my introduction to Frances Marion and in a way also Mary Pickford. The Girls in the Picture alternates between the two women's perspectives. Melanie Benjamin's book starts in 1969 where Frances barges into Mary'so bedroom after ...
  • Elizabeth
    I'm not going to spend a lot of time writing this review. I really and truly disliked this novel. I had a tough time even getting through it and as I try to figure out exactly why I have to believe that I just didn't like any of the characters. They were "blah." The story was the same. Thank you to NetGalley and Random House-Ballentine for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
  • Susan Johnson
    3.75 stars This book couldn't be more appropriate for this day and time with the "Me Too" movement going on. It's about the beginning of the movie picture industry with Mary Pickford, famed actress, and her best friend, Frances Marion, an extraordinary screenwriter, as the featured characters. It is quite fascinating to see the movies go from shooting them on the streets to evolving into studios and eventually into the talkies. Mary grew up as a ...
  • Laurel-Rain
    It is 1914, and twenty-five-year-old Frances Marion has left her (second) husband and her Northern California home for the lure of Los Angeles, where she is determined to live independently as an artist. But the word on everyone’s lips these days is “flickers”—the silent moving pictures enthralling theatergoers. Turn any corner in this burgeoning town and you’ll find made-up actors running around, as a movie camera captures it all.In th...
  • Andrea
    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 but cannot round up.I really thought I would like this book--much more. I am a fan of historical fiction. And I enjoyed Benjamin's The Swans of Fifth Avenue. I am a movie buff. So I was poised to enjoy this read. Not so much. In fact, I was bored. Acclaimed? Not by me.Nonetheless, kudos to Ms Benjamin for her extensive research. The scenario:"An intimate portrait of the clo...