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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 21 May 1970
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jeffrey Vance is an American film historian, producer, archivist, and lecturer, as well as the author of the acclaimed volumes "Douglas Fairbanks" (UC Press/Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 2008), "Chaplin: Genius of the Cinema" (Harry N. Abrams, 2003), "Harold Lloyd: Master Comedian" (Harry N. Abrams, 2002), and "Buster Keaton Remembered" (Harry N. Abrams, 2001).

He began his career as an archivist for M-G-M/United Artists and served the same function for the Chaplin family's Roy Export S.A.S., The Harold Lloyd Trust, and the Mary Pickford Foundation. As a producer, he packaged the "Harold Lloyd Classic Comedies" for Turner Classic Movies, later released to DVD by New Line Home Entertainment. As a filmmaker, he produced and directed the short subject "Rediscovering John Gilbert" (2010) which aired on Turner Classic Movies as well as released to home video. He has served as a consultant to virtually every motion picture studio and has appeared in numerous documentaries.

He writes for various publications, contributes audio commentary tracks for DVD/Blu-ray, and speaks at venues throughout the United States and Europe including the TCM Classic Film Festival, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, British Film Institute, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Silent Film Festival, "Los Angeles Times" Festival of Books, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Trivia (4)

Archivist for the heirs of Charles Chaplin.
The first historian/author to publish individual books on "The Great Three" of silent-film comedy - Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd.
Jeffrey Vance's book Douglas Fairbanks (Academy Imprints/University of California Press, 2008) was referenced by Michel Hazanavicius during pre-production of The Artist (2011). Vance's book contributed to Hazanavicius shaping the character of George Valentin (played by Jean Dujardin) on Fairbanks.
Jeffrey Vance credits Mary Pickford's response to his first fan letter as providing early encouragement to enter the field of cinema history. In 1978, the eight-year-old Vance wrote Pickford after having seen her classic silent film "Sparrows" (1926).

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