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Lot 378: Mary Miles Minter diary and personally annotated copy of The Movies in the Age of Innocence.
July 28, 2013
Calabasas Hills, CA, USALive Auction
Mary Miles Minter diary and personally annotated copy of The Movies in the Age of Innocence. 5 x 8 in. cloth bound, personal diary of silent film actress Mary Miles Minter, whose former lover, William Desmond Taylor, director and actor, was murdered in 1922. Media reported that coded love letters written by Minter had been found in Taylor’s bungalow after his death (later proven written years earlier). Minter was at the height of her success, having starred in more than 50 films. Newspaper stories of the 20-year-old star’s association with the 49-year-old murdered director caused sensational scandal. The case was never solved. The diary contains handwritten expressions of grief over the death of Taylor and young Minter’s general thoughts at the time. She writes in part: “Oh God – how can I bear it – two weeks today – Tuesday since his funeral – His funeral! And twenty days ago he lived and breathed and walked amongst us...” The book also contains (1) printed “Miss Mary Minter” calling card and (1) printed “William D. Taylor” Athletic Club calling card. All in good condition. Also included is an 8 x 5.5 in. paperback copy of The Movies in the Age of Innocence by Edward Wagenknecht (Ballantine Books) annotated in the 1970s by the star to fact-check passages regarding her life and career. Some pages detached. Book in fair condition.