MOVIES WAY BACK WHEN: Flying A Movie Star & Animal Lover

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MOVIES WAY BACK WHEN: Flying A Movie Star & Animal Lover
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By Betsy J. Green

Handsome hunk Bill Russell was one of the most popular leading men at the “Flying A.” He starred in dozens of movies from 1913 to 1921.

A movie magazine ran this photo with the description: "A One-Ring Ringling. The Ringlings have very little on Russell when it comes to circuses. Of course, Bill's is a sort of family affair; he raises all these performers in his own garden at Montecito, California – Santa Barbara's millionaire suburb – (what's a millionaire colony without a picture star?)." – Photoplay, September 1919

You can learn more about Russell on UCSB’s “Flying A” website: https://flyinga.filmandmedia.ucsb.edu/people


 

Betsy's Way Back When book -- 1919 -- is now available in local bookstores and at Amazon.com. This is the sixth book in her series of the history of Santa Barbara, one year at a time. Learn more at betsyjgreen.com​.
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