13 March 2008

Relevant to my Interests, Ep. 9

Billie Dove was one of the more popular actresses of the silent era, as well one of the lucky few who managed the transition to the talkies relatively unscathed. She is also far more interesting than the essay I'm supposed to be writing right now.

Despite her popularity, Billie decided she'd had enough of show business in 1932 and retired at the age of 29 to spend time with her family. A peculiar decision, to be sure, but as Tiki Barber will tell you, it's better to go out at the top of your game rather than to stick around well past your prime. After all, if you don't know when to call it a career you might end up signing with the Arizona Cardinals. Or starring in Trog. And we all know what that leads to.

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