Mary Nolan, Ziegfeld Girl and Silent Movie Star: A Biography Including Her 1941 Memoir

May 30, 2019 - Comment

Mary Nolan (1905-1948), also known as Imogene “Bubbles” Wilson, was the subject of two infamous court cases–one with Frank Tinney and the other with Eddie Mannix–in the 1920s. Like many Ziegfeld Follies girls, she had the beginnings of a promising career, but by the 1930s it had been destroyed by adultery, drugs and physical abuse.

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Mary Nolan (1905-1948), also known as Imogene “Bubbles” Wilson, was the subject of two infamous court cases–one with Frank Tinney and the other with Eddie Mannix–in the 1920s. Like many Ziegfeld Follies girls, she had the beginnings of a promising career, but by the 1930s it had been destroyed by adultery, drugs and physical abuse. This biography follows Nolan’s life from the backwoods of Kentucky to her death in 1948. Included is a series of newspaper articles published in 1941 that were to be expanded into her memoir, which she was unable to complete before her death.

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