Your Hostess

A former professor of communication at Hofstra and William Paterson universities, Annette D’Agostino Lloyd is the author of eight books (four of them on Harold Lloyd), writer of numerous articles for such publications as Variety, Classic Images and Films of the Golden Age, and editor of award-winning books for McFarland & Company and BearManor Media. She holds an M.A. in communication. Her meticulous work ethic, seasoned with massive doses of passion and creativity, is reflected in every project she undertakes. She married fellow HL fan Scott Lloyd (no relation; she met him on the first phase of this website in 1996) in 1999, and their son Matthew (he calls HL “Uncle Harold”) was born in 2004. The Lloyd Family resides in Rumford, Rhode Island.

As a Book Author

  • Harold Lloyd: Magic in a Pair of Horn-Rimmed Glasses (BearManor Media)
  • The Harold Lloyd Encyclopedia (McFarland)
  • Harold Lloyd’s Rogues’ Gallery (private publication)
  • Hollywood Forever Cemetery Tour Book (bluMonk)
  • From Soap Stars to Superstars (Renaissance)
  • Filmmakers in The Moving Picture World (McFarland)
  • Index to Short and Feature Film Reviews in the Moving Picture World (Greenwood Press)
  • Harold Lloyd: A Bio-Bibliography (Greenwood Press)
  • Curtains (book in progress)

As a Book Editor

  • Count Dracula Goes to the Movies (McFarland & Co.)
  • Radicalism in American Silent Films, 1909-1929: A Filmography and History (McFarland & Co.)
  • No-Hitters: The 225 Games, 1893–1999 (McFarland & Co.)
  • Ford Sterling: The Life and Films (McFarland & Co.)
  • Eddie Foy (McFarland & Co.)
  • Baseball’s Other All-Stars (McFarland & Co.)
  • A Maverick Life: The Jack Kelly Story (BearManor Media)
  • Before I Forget: Directing Television, 1948-1988 (BearManor Media)
  • Quincy, M.E.: The Television Series (BearManor Media)
  • Walt Disney & Recollections of the Disney Studios, 1955-1980 (BearManor Media)
  • Honey West (BearManor Media)
  • The Unknown Peter Cushing (BearManor Media)
  • My Forty-Five Years in Hollywood … and How I Escaped Alive (BearManor Media)
  • TV’s M*A*S*H: The Ultimate Guide Book (BearManor Media)

As a Writer

  • The Silent Film Necrology wrote foreword
  • The Hollywood Archive: The Hidden History of Hollywood in the Golden Age wrote chapter
  • Behind the Silver Screen (Motion Picture & Television Fund) researcher/interviewer/writer
  • Variety commemorative issues on Harold Lloyd and James Dean writer
  • Screen Snapshots – catalogued film series for AMPAS
  • Classic Images magazine writer
  • Films of the Golden Age magazine writer
  • Kino International – writer
  • Delta Entertainment – contributing writer
  • HaroldLloyd.us
  • HaroldLloyd.com
  • Forever-Studios.com
  • Numerous technical manuals, how-to guides and tutorials for Hollywood Forever Cemetery

As a Newsletter Editor/Writer/Publisher

  • The Lloyd Herald (ISSN: 1084-8134)

As a Website Host/Contributor

  • HaroldLloyd.us (created in 1995; spun-off into HaroldLloyd.com in 2001; restored in 2002)
  • HaroldLloyd.com (regular contributor of content)
  • Forever-Studios.com (regular contributor of content; designer of online use tutorials)
  • SilentsAreGolden.com (contributor of content)
  • en.Wikipedia.org (contributor of content)

As a LifeStory Producer for Forever Studios

  • Bebe Daniels
  • Frances Drake
  • Nelson Eddy
  • Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
  • Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.
  • Darla Hood
  • Florence Lawrence
  • Adolphe Menjou
  • Tyrone Power
  • Ann Sheridan
  • Bugsy Siegel
  • Ford Sterling
  • Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer
  • Rudolph Valentino

As a Photographer

  • Florence Lawrence: The Biograph Girl
  • Hawaii Drive Guide (Winner, Best Photo, Maui, December 2005)
  • Harold Lloyd: A Bio-Bibliography
  • The Harold Lloyd Encyclopedia
  • Hollywood Forever Cemetery Tour Book

As a Consultant

  • Sparkhill Productions
  • New Line Entertainment
  • Delta Entertainment

As an On-Air Talent

  • Douglas Fairbanks: The Great Swashbuckler (DVD)
  • Rudolph Valentino: The Great Lover (DVD)
  • Joe Franklin’s Memory Lane (Radio)
  • The Front Porch - NPR (Radio)
  • From Soap to Stardom (E! Entertainment TV)
  • R.I.P.: Great Cemeteries of the World – Hollywood Forever (The Travel Channel)
  • Hollywood: Ghosts and Gravesites (The Discovery Channel)
  • They Started on Soaps I, II and III (SOAPNet)
  • The Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection (audio commentary and on-air; DVD)

As a Speaker/Lecturer

  • Hofstra University – Adjunct Professor, Communication Department
  • William Paterson University – Adjunct Professor, Communication Department
  • Montclair State University – Adjunct Professor, Communication Department
  • County College of Morris, NJ – Adjunct Professor, Communication Department
  • South Side High School – Teacher, Drama Department
  • Niles Silent Film Festival – program presenter
  • Kansas Silent Film Festival – program presenter
  • Cinefest – program presenter
  • Cinecon – program presenter
  • Buster Keaton Celebration, Iola, KS – program presenter
  • Buster Keaton Celebration, Muskegon, MI – program presenter
  • Hofstra University Community Outreach – guest lecturer
  • University of Southern California – guest lecturer
  • California State University, Los Angeles – guest lecturer
  • Sons of the Desert – guest lecturer
  • American Film Institute – guest lecturer
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – guest panelist
  • Daughters of the American Revolution – guest lecturer
  • Hollywood Forever Cemetery memorial services for Nelson Eddy, Tyrone Power, Ann Sheridan, Rudolph Valentino – program presenter
  • St. Joseph Hill Academy, Staten Island, NY (HS alma mater) – graduation keynote speaker

Education

  • Post-Graduate Accreditation, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, 1991-92
    • Certification for Speech Arts Education, Grades K-12
  • M.A., Communication, William Paterson College, Wayne, New Jersey, 1984-85
    • Specialization in Television Production. Graduate Assistant; Producer, High School Bowl game show.
  • B.A., Speech Communication, St. John’s University, Staten Island, New York, 1980-1984
    • Minor in English. Dean’s List, 8 semesters; Silver and Gold Medal, Speech Department Academic Honors.
3 Comments

3 thoughts on “Your Hostess

  1. Josh Glick

    Dear Annette,

    My name is Josh Glick and I am working on an exhibition on representations of Coney Island in film, photography, and painting. I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University, teaching in the departments of Film and Media Studies and American Studies. The exhibition is scheduled to open at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT and will travel to the Brooklyn Museum and the San Diego Museum of Art. I am writing a series of essay on the rich relationship between film and coney Island for the accompanying book catalog. Harold Lloyd’s Speedy is an extraordinary film that figures prominently in one of my essays. I have been looking for sources that describe the production history of the film, when he went on-location to Coney Island versus when he used settings back in L.A. I have looked into a number of your books including the Harold Lloyd Encyclopedia and the Bio-Bibliography. I have also listened to the DVD commentary and read Lloyd’s An American Comedy. Any additional sources or documents would be much appreciated. And if you would like to speak over the phone, that would be great. My email is joshua.glick@yale.edu. Looking forward to speaking with you.

    Kind Regards,

    Josh Glick

  2. Hi Annette–Dan Kamin here. Hope you are well. I remember reading, a long time ago, that Chaplin sent Lloyd a complimentary note after Grandma’s Boy came out, saying something along the lines that it was an inspiration to him to do his best work. Did you ever come across that quotation? You quote another of Chaplin’s statements (to Rob Wagner) in your Bio-Biblio, but not that; I would think it would be something Lloyd himself would have recounted, perhaps in Cahn’s book or McCaffrey’s interview material at the back of his book on Lloyd, but I can’t find it and it’s driving me nuts. Any ideas? Dan

  3. grant mcdonagh

    Hello Annette, just in case you didn’t hear about this, there was an article in the Vancouver Sun a few days ago, re a painted movie sign they found on the wall where a building in Vancouver is being torn down
    It is written by John Mackie of the Vancouver Sun

    http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Ghost+signs+from+Vancouver+past+spring+haunt+still/6198993/story.html

    Brgds,
    Grant McDonagh

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