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A Celebration of Western Movies… Pardner!


“I have had a very long and brilliant life, and I am very very grateful.”
– Esther Ralston

Esther Ralston was a good friend Randolph Scott who persuaded Paramount to hire her as his co-star in a To the Last Man. I think this was an act of kindness on Scott’s part to help Esther whose career was now in decline. But I don’t believe Esther was a weak person in any way. She definitely had a spiritual side that gave her strength – and her ‘out of a suitcase’ Vaudeville upbringing also taught her how to survive. She also looks to have been a bit of a Tom Boy? – her toughness shows through in her character in To the Last Man. (But maybe people from that era were just tough?) She went through the ‘Movies Mills’ and 3 marriages (three children) before ultimately losing her money in the stock market crash and ending up in a trailer park.

But I doubt that she complained much at all.

Wow … !! 
That wasn’t easy. 
Thanks Esther.


4 thoughts on “Esther Ralston Part 3

  1. I’m always surprised at how many “stars” wound up dead broke. I shouldn’t because WE’RE dead broke too. I think some people who were supposed to be rich were never quite as rich as they were supposed to be and life has a funny way of messing with your future!

    1. jcalberta says:

      It is strange. Athletes do that too.

  2. maui1 says:

    This is a very good post on Ester Ralston. I really like the these very good black and white pictures from her movies that you posted . I also like the black and white pictures with the colours added to them.

    1. jcalberta says:

      Yes, I don’t know what technique was used in the colouring. But it’s beautifully done.

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