Journal of Cinema and Media Studies
University of Texas Press
Hollywood's embrace of plastic surgery as a means of sculpting performers' bodies to meet standards of youth and beauty is a long-standing phenomenon. Using archival materials available in the Howard Hughes Motion Picture Records at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, this article offers a case study of Louis Wolheim (1881–1931), a motion-picture star under contract to Caddo, Howard Hughes's production company, from the late 1920s until the time of his death. Wolheim caused a national sensation in 1927 when he told reporters about his plan to have his iconic "hard-boiled" facial features surgically altered.
Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Film and Media Studies
"Actor Denied Straight Nose": Louis Wolheim and the Gendered Practice of Plastic Surgery in Silent-Era Hollywood.
Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, 58(4),
University of Texas Press.