NAMED BEST SILENT FILM BOOK OF 2011 by Thomas Gladysz in the San Francisco Examiner. Lou-Tellegan, a youth from the Netherlands, became one of the world's first movie stars. Before he became famous, he was the son of a brave and brilliant Dutch military general. Lou first found work as a boxer, a circus trapeze artist, and as a nude model in Paris for Auguste Rodin. He became an eager, dedicated stage actor with Italy's most famous actress, Eleora Duse. When France's rewned actress, Sarah Bernhardt, plucked him from obscurity with a four-year contract, she remade him into a rich and world-famous star. Hollywood snapped him up for silent movies. Geraldine Farrar, the world's greatest opera singer, married him after a brief, whirlwind romance, but on one dark day, the fairy tale magic of his incredible storybook life came suddenly to a shocking end that stunned the entire world. David W. Menefee is the Pulitzer minated author of SWEET MEMORIES and WALLY: THE TRUE WALLACE REID STORY.
David's writing career began as a writer and marketing representative for the Dallas Times Herald and the Dallas Morning News. David struck out on his own as a freelance writer, succeeding with Sarah Bernhardt: In the Theater, Film and Sound Recordings, The First Female Stars: Women of the Silent Era, The First Male Stars: Men of the Silent Era, Richard Barthelmess: A Life in Pictures (named one of the Top 10 Books of the Year), George O'Brien: A Man's Man in Hollywood, Otay! The Billy Buckwheat Thomas Story, Wally: The True Wallace Reid Story (named one of the Top 8 Silent Film Books of the Year), The Remarkable Mr. Messing, Brothers of the Storm, Charlie O'Doone's Second Chance, and Sweet Memories. David also works as a ghost writer, screenwriter, and book editor. David lives in Dallas, Texas, USA.