Jeffrey Vance

Jeffrey Vance (born May 21, 1970) is an American film historian and author who has published books on movie stars including Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.

Jeffrey Vance
Born (1970-05-21) May 21, 1970
OccupationFilm historian, author


While working as an archivist for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists he met Eleanor Keaton, Buster Keaton's widow, and began organizing her collection of photographs, leading to the illustrated biography Buster Keaton Remembered (2001).[1] He later served as archivist for the Chaplin family's Roy Export S.A.S.,[2] The Harold Lloyd Trust, and the Mary Pickford Foundation [3] where he helped preserve both film and photographs from these important collections. As a producer, he packaged the Harold Lloyd Classic Comedies for Turner Classic Movies, later released to home video. As a filmmaker, he produced and directed the short film Rediscovering John Gilbert (2010) which aired on cable television as well as released to home video.[4]


  • A Star Is Born: Judy Garland and the Film That Got Away (TCM/Running Press, 2018)[5]
  • Douglas Fairbanks (UC Press/Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 2008)[6]
  • Chaplin: Genius of the Cinema (Harry N. Abrams, 2003),[7]
  • Harold Lloyd: Master Comedian (Harry N. Abrams, 2002)[8]
  • Buster Keaton Remembered (Harry N. Abrams, 2001)[9]

DVD/Blu-ray commentaries


  1. Kehr, Dave (August 24, 2001). "At the Movies". The New York Times. Retrieved August 8, 2014.
  2. "City Lights at the Dawn of the Talkies: An Interview with Jeffrey Vance" The AMNESP Academic Review Blog December 20, 2013 :
  3. Mary Pickford Foundation:
  5. Luft, Lorna; Vance, Jeffrey (September 18, 2018). A STAR IS BORN. Philadelphia: Running Press. p. 248. ISBN 9780762464807. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  6. Kellogg, Carolyn (February 5, 2009). "'Douglas Fairbanks' by Jeffrey Vance". Los Angeles Times.
  7. Walton, David (January 18, 2004). "Impossibly Large Shoes". The New York Times. Retrieved August 8, 2014.
  8. Loos, Ted (July 21, 2002). "A Matter of Attitude". The New York Times.
  9. Loos, Ted (April 8, 2001). "A Hat Comes With It". The New York Times. Retrieved August 8, 2014.
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