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Wizardofnz (Wizardofnz)
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Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 - 8:26 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Why did an actor's career end abruptly at the dizzying zenith of their popularity? They were healthy, unmarred by scandal, and still passionate about their art.
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 - 8:37 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

actor = H/A/M? H/A/F? movie actor? TV actor? stage actor?
Did the career end with the actor's death?
Wizardofnz (Wizardofnz)
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Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 - 8:43 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

actor = H/A/M? H/A/F? this movie actor? and this TV actor? stage actor?
Did the career end with the actor's death? No. All three conditions remained fulfilled after her career ended
Galfisk (Galfisk)
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Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 - 9:30 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

End: not act anymore? Not act professionally anymore? Not act on TV anymore? Relevant what she did instead? Did she cause her career to end? Did she intend for it toend? Was she upset by its ending? Illness relevant? Other people involved?
Wizardofnz (Wizardofnz)
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Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 - 9:37 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

End: not act anymore? correct Not act professionally anymore? Not act on TV anymore? Relevant what she did instead? no Did she cause her career to end? No - to say she did so would be victim-blaming Did she intend for it toend? no Was she upset by its ending? yes Illness relevant? no Other people involved? yes, broadly
Balin (Balin)
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Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 - 9:50 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is she still alive today?
Other people involved: 1? 2? More? H/A/M?

Taking a shot: Grace Kelly?
Sleepingbeaver (Sleepingbeaver)
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Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 - 9:57 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I was just about to ask for Grace Kelly, but I think she doesn't match with the earlier questions =)
Wizardofnz (Wizardofnz)
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Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 - 9:57 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is she still alive today? no
Other people involved: 1? 2? More? yes H/A/M? a mixture; most predominantly HAMs

Taking a shot: Grace Kelly? no, although it just about fits
Doriana (Doriana)
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Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 - 10:00 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Politics relevant? war?
Wizardofnz (Wizardofnz)
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Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 - 10:00 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Politics relevant? war? no to both
Paul1440 (Paul1440)
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Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 2:30 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Career end in what decade? 1930s? 1940s? 1950s? 1960s? 1970s? 1980s? 1990s? 2000s? 2010s?
Paul1440 (Paul1440)
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Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 2:46 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Just another guess: Shirley Temple?
Enjay (Enjay)
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Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 9:34 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was she a child star at any point?

Did she become less desirable as an actress in some way? Did her appearance change? Her voice? Something about her personal life? Something about society at the time she lived?

Did she play a particular type of role when she was acting?

Did one particular event happen that stopped her getting acting work?

Is it relevant what country she lived/worked in? Any skills she had other than acting relevant?

Is her contract relevant? Did a particular person or group of people deliberately end her career?
Enjay (Enjay)
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Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 9:35 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Another wild guess - did talkies get invented, and her voice was not good for the screen? Or did colour pictures get invented, and she didn't look good in colour?
Wizardofnz (Wizardofnz)
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Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 6:48 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Paul1440:

Career end in what decade? 1930s? 1940s? 1950s? 1960s? 1970s? 1980s? 1990s? 2000s? 2010s? none of the above, although 1930s is close

Just another guess: Shirley Temple? no

Enjay:

Was she a child star at any point? no

Did she become less desirable as an actress in some way? yes Did her appearance change? Her voice? no to both Something about her personal life? no Something about society at the time she lived? no

Did she play a particular type of role when she was acting? yes - she played the 'it' girl, although this isn't especially relevant

Did one particular event happen that stopped her getting acting work? not a singular event, as such

Is it relevant what country she lived/worked in? yes, for the sake of historical context Any skills she had other than acting relevant? no

Is her contract relevant? no Did a particular person or group of people deliberately end her career? no

Another wild guess - did talkies get invented, and her voice was not good for the screen? yes!

***** SPOILER *****

Clara Bow, the original 'it' girl, drew crowds of theatregoers in unprecedented numbers during the 1920s. When sound was introduced to cinema and the 'talkies' grew rapidly in popularity, her nails-on-a-blackboard Brooklyn accent killed her sex appeal stone dead, and she rather swiftly stopped being cast in roles.


Or, at least, that is the case according to Bill Bryson. A cursory bit of research suggests that her repellent accent didn't bother her, the public, or casting agents, but she thought the talkies were a silly fad and didn't truly commit herself to her career after that. The few talkies she appeared in were still quite successful. You'd think the author of a Short History on Nearly Everything would have better fact-checking.
Enjay (Enjay)
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Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 5:21 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Good one - I was thinking of the film 'The Artist'.

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