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n1368182138_239276_1282A 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 was born in 2004. The Lloyd Family is headquartered in Edgewater, Florida.

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)
  • Behind Sach: The Huntz Hall Story (BearManor Media)
  • Miss Dinah Shore (BearManor Media)
  • The Carol Burnett Show Companion (BearManor Media)
  • Bradypedia (BearManor Media)
  • Too Marvelous for Words (BearManor Media)
  • Superhero Confidential (BearManor Media)
  • Little House in the Hollywood Hills (BearManor Media)
  • This Day in Game Show History (BearManor Media)
  • Slapstick Divas (BearManor Media)
  • Hollywood Snapshots (BearManor Media)
  • Jackie Goes to Dixie (BearManor Media)
  • The Robert Urich Story (BearManor Media)

As a Writer

  • The Silent Film Necrology wrote foreword
  • Bebe Daniels: Hollywood’s Good Little Bad Girl – 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 Columbia film series for AMPAS
  • Classic Images magazine writer
  • Films of the Golden Age magazine writer
  • Kino International – writer
  • Delta Entertainment – contributing writer
  • 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

  • (created in 1995; spun-off into in 2001; restored in 2002)
  • (regular contributor of content)
  • (regular contributor of content; designer of online use tutorials)
  • (contributor of content)
  • (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)
  • The Lot of Fun: Where Movies Learned to Laugh (DVD)
  • Harold Lloyd: Hollywood’s Timeless Comedy Genius (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


  • 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.

18 Comments Add yours

  1. Tom says:

    Just a personal note on Harold Lloyd. My Mom worked at the Sears store in Santa Monica in the mid 1950’s with a lady whose husband had been working at Greenacres since the gardens had been put in. He would from time-to-time drive Mr. Lloyd (in his own car) to the beach house in Santa Monica. My Mom got to meet Mr. Lloyd on three occasions when they stopped at Sears (for something for the beach house) and although he was seldom recognized, but if he was he was never annoyed and always willing to talk for a moment.
    They came in the gardeners car because that way he could “slip-in” and not be noticed.

  2. Harley says:

    Annette, Did Boris Karloff have a small part in “Speedy” as the first taxi customer? The scene starts at about 39 minutes in and only runs about 1 minute. I have screen caps I can send.

    1. Hi There! Please do send to me. Send either to mrslloyd1999[at]gmail[dot]com, or to my Facebook page … better yet, find the facebook page for – that way, other HL aficionados can chime in! I can’t say I recall this, but it would be a kick if it’s true! I’ll have to look up if Karloff had a contract with Paramount in 1927… Delightful development, this!!! Thank you!!!

      1. Harley says:

        I’ve posted to Facebook and sent you a copy of the screencaps. Hopefully someone will have the answer. Thank you for your very prompt reply and for your interest! –Harley

  3. Mark Duntemann says:

    Hi Annette, This is great site. Thank you for your work on and maintaining it. I am researching a book on Mary Kornman, the Our Gang child actress during the silent period. As you may know, she is the stepdaughter of Eugene Kornman, Mr; Lloyds still photographer, from the mid 20’s to the mid 30’s. I am trying to add some more depth to a number of people in Mary’s life and am reaching out to you to see if there a preserved archival record of the Harold Lloyd Productions papers? If so, who should I contact to request access. Thank you for your consideration. Mark Duntemann

    1. Hello Mark!
      Please e-mail me privately at mrslloyd1999{at}gmail[dot]com … I can help you. How wonderful that the first Gang leading lady is getting the book treatment! I’m psyched for it!


  4. Liane Schirmer says:

    Dear Annette,
    I am the niece of Gladys Rowland who worked as HL’s secretary in the 60’s. She recently passed away and I came across a letter you wrote her indicating that you had interviewed her on those years. Is that interview material available (in an article or book that you wrote?…or perhaps your notes or tape of that interview?) I would love to save any of her reminiscences on HL in our family album. I myself am an LA historian and thereby an old movie addict. One of my great friends is Marc Wanamaker…I’m sure you know him., Thank you in advance for keeping in touch. It would be a lovely piece of history to keep with her memorabilia. My aunt and my mother have many first-hand memories of Hollywood’s golden era (my mother is still alive), as my mother was an actress here and in Mexico, and studied with Max Reinhardt. Sincerely, Liane Schirmer IN OTHER WORDS 323.697.8130

  5. Anne says:

    Thanks for your kind reply, hope you celebrated Harold’s birthday yesterday with some peach ice cream. Love ya Doll, Anne

  6. Anne says:

    Hi Annette, Love your book and website, but I have a quick question. How did they make Harold’s hair stand up and then go back into place? Love ya, A

    1. Excellent Question!!! Harold’s hair was thin, and could easily move around, so they’d comb it and then, above him, out of camera range, hold a magnet of some magnitude. It would raise his hair until it rose away from him, and his hair would fall back. Note that all of those were relatively close up and rather quick shots. Thanks!

      1. jc81 says:

        Harold’s hair wasn’t thin especially from the early shorts i’ve watched. (the one-reelers).

  7. singatune says:

    You knew Sally Dumaux, author of King Baggot’s biography. I writing story of my aunt Lulu, Lucille Younge, who made films with Mr. Baggot. Also you are quite knowledgeable of silent films.

  8. singatune says:

    Your late friend Sally wrote about King Baggot. My great aunt was his leading lady with with him while at IMP. I am trying to write a book about Lucille Younge. I have some questions about her career that I was hoping you might be able to answer because you were so close to Sally and are so knowledgeable on silent films.
    Perhaps you have seen the photo of King Baggot with Lucille Younge from The Temptress from Hulfish’s book.

  9. David Boule says:

    Hello Annette,
    I’m researching a book on how advertising has been portrayed in the movies. Did Harold Lloyd ever set one of his films in the world advertising? Any help you can provide is much appreciated. Thank you!
    Author: “The Orange and the Dream of California,” Angel City Press, 2014

  10. Hello, Annette! I want to congratulate Harold here on his birthday.
    It`s sheer BLISS 1917 that in the burst of SPRING FEVER 1919 I have found you SPEEDY 1928 HAROLD LLOYD!
    FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE 1926 I TAKE A CHANCE 1918 to LOOK OUT BELOW 1919. And now I am seeing you BUMPING INTO BROADWAY 1919 and can`t help thinking WHY WORRY?1923, WELCOME DANGER 1929, SAFETY LAST 1923.
    I promise you NEVER WEAKEN 1921. And if you were going to ASK FATHER 1919 and then me BE MY WIFE 1919 NOW OR NEVER 1921 I would say I DO 1921. I feel HIGH AND DIZZY 1920 JUST NUTS 1915 when I watch MOVIE CRAZY 1932.
    And I am deeply grateful to you that YOU came into world today 121 years ago. I am eternally grateful to you that YOU were the best part of the world and that YOU are a part of my own world! Love you. Harold!! Forever YOURS, Maria.

  11. Josh Glick says:

    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 Looking forward to speaking with you.

    Kind Regards,

    Josh Glick

  12. Dan Kamin says:

    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

  13. grant mcdonagh says:

    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

    Grant McDonagh

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