Brigitte Helm rehearsing at UFA studios by E.O. Hoppé. I’ve posted this before but I found it without a watermark! Hopefully I’ll be able to find a version that isn’t so tiny someday, it’s one of my favorite pictures of her.
Dark, decadent Barbara La Marr’s reputation precedes her. Famously appointed “The Girl Who Is Too Beautiful” by Adela Rogers St. Johns, the erotic siren was described as having “a penchant for drinking, drugs, and debauchery. ‘I take lovers like roses,’ said La Marr. ‘By the dozen.’”
Screenwriter Paul Bern was besotted with her, but La Marr was interested only in friendship with the pudgy older man…
La Marr refused Bern [and his pleading marriage proposals], but he would not give up. La Marr preferred the virile cowboy star Jack Dougherty, so Bern proposed a compromise. “We will have a beautiful spiritual life together,” he told La Marr. “You and Mr. Jack Dougherty can have the occasional affair.”
"Dear," the heavy-lidded La Marr said to Bern, "it will work better if I sleep with Mr. Dougherty and have the occasional spiritual affair with you."