The Limits of Limelight

· Gallica Press
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Hollywood turned Ginger Rogers into a star. What will it do for her cousin?

Pretty Oklahoma teenager Helen Nichols accepts an invitation from her cousin, rising movie actress Ginger Rogers, and her Aunt Lela, to try her luck in motion pictures. Her relatives, convinced that her looks and personality will ensure success, provide her with a new name and help her land a contract with RKO. As Phyllis Fraser, she swiftly discovers that Depression-era Hollywood’s surface glamor and glitter obscure the ceaseless struggle of the hopeful starlet.

Lela Rogers, intensely devoted to her daughter and her niece, outwardly accepting of her stage mother label, is nonetheless determined to establish her reputation as screenwriter, stage director, and studio talent scout. For Phyllis, she’s an inspiring model of grit and persistence in an industry run by men.

While Ginger soars to the heights of stardom in musicals with Fred Astaire, Phyllis is tempted by a career more fulfilling than the one she was thrust into. Should she continue working in films, or devote herself to the profession she’s dreamed about since childhood? Which choice might lead her to the lasting love that seems so elusive?

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Third-party review
I grew up watching old movies on Saturdays. My father is the one that got me interested in them and if I was lucky he was home to sit and watch one with me. We both loved the old musicals. Reading The ...
Third-party review
I'm so sorry to say that while this book held my interest enough to finish, the writing didn't invest me emotionally in the characters. Instead, the narrative felt stilted and forced. And the writing ...

About the author

Margaret Porter is the bestselling author of The Limits of Limelight, the award-winning Beautiful Invention: A Novel of Hedy Lamarr, and a dozen more highly acclaimed historical novels. Her lifelong study of history inspires her fiction and her travels. A former stage actress, she has also worked in film, television, and radio. When not writing, she tends her extensive rose gardens, sits by the lakeside letting her imagination roam, exercises her dog, or plays her mandolin, Author website:

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