Although only a summer citizen, Ella came to regard New London as home, especially since little Edmund was buried there. She was vastly different from the worldly ladies with whom James O'Neill previously had kept company. As a child she lived in the shadow of her parents, more her father—especially in later years. Based almost entirely on secondary sources, ''Oona'' reads like a college thesis on Eugene O'Neill and Charlie Chaplin. Soon enough, Eugene bolted and went off to sea. They had eight children the last when Chaplin was 72 , and she stood by him till his death in 1977, spending most of their years together exiled in Sweden, where Chaplin had gone to avoid a host of problems with the U.
Employed, if not exactly gainfully, Eugene palled around with college chums from Princeton and other Ivy League schools. Convent-bred and conventionally raised, Ella Quinlan should have married an upstanding solid citizen, either a prosperous businessman or a professional, the kind of husband who would have sheltered and coddled her. Did she drink after his death because she missed Chaplin so greatly or was her drinking to block out the memories of an unhappy marriage that she felt she could not leave? At age 17, Oona, a Manhattan debutante spurned by the neglectful, alcoholic, famous father who had abandoned her when she was two, went to Hollywood to become an actress. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. Word of the boys' illness was sent to their parents in Denver, and the frantic mother made plans to catch the first train east. I think this is due to her life's role, which was wife and mother. O'Neill, a boorish father, saw her only a handful of times before she turned 18; at that point, he disinherited her because he wasn't happy with the oozy publicity she was earning as a New York debutante.
At the age of forty Thomas Quinlan, a teetotaler, suddenly began drinking heavily, jeopardizing his health. And after the middle of the book, she keeps repeating her hypothesis that O'Neill married Chaplin as a father substitute. First and simply because of their accessibility a look at the notable O'Neills, whose story, up to James O'Neill's breakthrough as a theatrical star, follows a classic American immigrant pattern. Scovell has great respect for her subject, fairly objective but a little too much the apologist for the reclusive Oona to come to life. Shy and modest, Ella exhibited personality traits that might have led her into religious life--like many Catholic girls, she briefly flirted with the idea of taking the veil.
Hän herätti elinvuosinaan suurta mielenkiintoa, mutta hänestä tiedettiin varsin vähän. Returning to New York in 1911, the twenty-three-year-old ne'er-do-well, as his father termed him, headed for familiar stamping grounds--Jimmy the Priest's waterfront cafe. A hapless drunkard, both charming and cynical, kindly and nasty, Jamie never did amount to anything. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Though her dramatic fade is well captured here, Oona never completely blooms in this book.
This in-depth biography sheds light on a truly fascinating w. Was her father, the famous playwright, justified in rejecting her? Scovell explores the complexities, for the most part. One of the most exquisite and enigmatic beauties of her generation, she intrigued the public for decades. The case was dropped, but not before Ella Quinlan O'Neill had been thoroughly shamed and disenchanted. I got the impression she was happy enough to have it end that way, although it is sad all the same for the reader. Oona O'Neill Chaplain was an occasional interest to me. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading.
Wear, lean in spine, book covers a little bent, price and inventory number on ffep, pencil marks on ffep erased but still visible , some soiling on outside edges of pages. Eight years into their marriage, in which they flitted between Greenwich Village, Bermuda, Provincetown, Maine, and New Jersey, O'Neill abandoned the family life for the erstwhile actress Carlotta Monterey christened Hazel Neilson Tharsing. After Chaplin's death, Oona returned to the U. To keep him busy, James made his son an assistant manager of his theatrical company, a job which consisted of hanging around the entrance to the theater to make sure no one got in without a ticket. Jane Scovell wrote about the life of Oona with delicate, respectable grace. The aspiring playwright supplemented his allowance by selling bits and pieces of his own writing to magazines and newspapers and by working on screenplays for the fledgling movie industry. They say that Oona was a woman who radiated a sort of grace, who had an innate elegance that set her apart, but who did not lose a down-to-earth quality, who loved to fuss over her brood of children, who literally basked in having babies and loved having her children around her she had eight children altogether , who possessed a radiant and fragile beauty, an almost elfin quality, a naturalness, an easy sense of humor, a lack of ostentation, with a sly calm and native sweetness, who again and again is described as creating for everyone around her a sense of serenity and well-being.
One story has it that Eugene, pressed into undertaking two minor roles in the Dumas opus, was accosted by his father after the young man's first stage appearance. Have you dreamt of marrying a rich, handsome, intelligent called by many a genius man who is the most famous actor, screenwriter and director in Hollywood who loves you so deeply that he doesn't want to leave your side for the rest of his life? Oona initally comes across as a fragile young girl who was swept off her feet by the legendary Chaplin, but you come to appreciate her strength and grace as you read about the difficult life she had. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. She too was the offspring of Irish immigrants; unlike the O'Neills, her parents, Thomas and Bridget Quinlan, prospered. Possible ex library copy, thatâ ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Salinger and Orson Welles, and was named debutante of the year.
The two women also shared vitas that were filled with childhood disappointments, humiliating public attention during crises, and the wrenching deaths of loved ones. He fell ill with tuberculosis and died while his daughter was still in school. The subject matter is, needless to say, very interesting. Nothing wrong with that, just not a s Well, I have long been curious about Oona. Even as a young teenager she was intellectually curious, a girl who would go out on a lake in a boat with a friend or two and read plays aloud to each other; she was popular and social, but in a shy, slightly sorrowful way; she always kind, not exciting jealousy in other girls. Kathleen Jenkins married a second time and her husband, George Pitt-Smith, raised O'Neill's son as his own; Eugene Pitt-Smith did not even learn of his true parentage until he was eleven years old, at which time he took back his birth name.