The Girls in the Picture

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 both on and off the screen with her golden curls and lively spirit. Together, these two women will take the movie business by storm.

Mary Pickford becomes known as the “Queen of the Movies”—the first actor to have her name on a movie marquee, and the first to become a truly international celebrity. Mary and her husband, Douglas Fairbanks, were America’s first Royal Couple, living in a home more famous that Buckingham Palace. Mary won the first Academy Award for Best Actress in a Talkie and was the first to put her hand and footprints in Grauman’s theater sidewalk. Her annual salary in 1919 was $625,000—at a time when women’s salaries peaked at $10 a week. Frances Marion is widely considered one of the most important female screenwriters of the 20th century, and was the first writer to win multiple Academy Awards. The close personal friendship between the two stars was closely linked to their professional collaboration and success.

This is a novel about power: the power of women during the exhilarating early years of Hollywood, and the power of forgiveness. It’s also about the imbalance of power, then and now, and the sacrifices and compromises women must make in order to succeed. And at its heart, it’s a novel about the power of female friendship.

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  • 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 ...

  • 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 through...

  • 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 ser...

  • Ann Marie (LitWitWineDine)

    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 fa...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 Holl...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 s...