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Pickford
Eileen Whitfield
0813120454
September 1997
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Silent screen star Mary Pickford was "America's Sweetheart," capturing the imagination of the public as "Little Mary," the adolescent with spunk. She married swashbuckler Douglas Fairbanks, and with Charlie Chaplin and D.W. Griffith they formed United Artists, the first production company run by people who acted and directed. Pickford and Fairbanks were the closest thing to royalty that era had, but behind Pickford's success was personal unhappiness: she did not make the transition to adult roles or the "talkies," her marriage ended, and she died a reclusive alcoholic, almost forgotten. Though it does include delicious anecdotes from those who were there, this is not simply a typical celebrity biography but a "biography" of the times, that golden era when a star could dictate the tastes of the public and hide...


Lost Divas
Andre Tubeuf
2843237351
September 2005
Hardcover
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Milton Berle: An Autobiography
Milton Berle
1557835853
September 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
When Milton Berle died in the Spring of 2002, THE NEW YORK TIMES declared that the legendary comic "may have had a more profound influence on our way of life than some presidents or Nobel Prize winners." This landmark memoir, as startling today as it was when it was first published, reveals the life and times of the man known affectionately to millions as Uncle Miltie. Told with unflinching candor, here is one of the most fabled and influential show business careers of all time: from performing as a child in Vaudeville and making silent movies with Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford, to nightclub performances for Al Capone, working on radio during World War II, performing in Broadway musicals, and, finally, superstardom on television. ...


Killer Tomatoes: Fifteen Tough Film Dames
Ray Hagen
0786418834
October 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
No delicate ingénues, these. In the middle of the twentieth century, the Mary Pickfords of the movie world were replaced by a different sort of woman—drop-dead gorgeous, witty, not afraid to speak their minds, they could slay you with a look—and if that didn’t work, look out for the pistol in the garter. These ground-breaking actresses helped change the course of movie history, charting a path for generations to come. These profiles of fifteen leading ladies—Lucille Ball, Lynn Bari, Joan Blondell, Ann Dvorak, Gloria Grahame, Jean Hagen, Adele Jergens, Ida Lupino, Marilyn Maxwell, Mercedes McCambridge, Jane Russell, Ann Sheridan, Barbara Stanwyck, Claire Trevor and Marie Windsor—include overviews of their lives and careers, and excerpts from interviews. Five photos supplement each...


The Keystone Kid: Tales of Early Hollywood
Coy Watson
1891661213
September 2001
Paperback
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Leonard Maltin, Entertainment Tonight
a wonderful slice of Hollywood history! It's high time the story of the watson clan was put into book form.

John Burke, Host, American Movie Classics
A beautiful reminiscence that is extremely satisfying and entertaining.

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Vamp
Eve Golden
1879511320
November 1997
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Veteran biographer Golden (Platinum Girl: The Life and Legends of Jean Harlow, LJ 10/1/91) here chronicles the career of silent siren Theda Bara, the quintessential "vamp," who played Carmen, Salome, and Cleopatra, among other notorious female roles. Like many film biographies, it succumbs to familiar pitfalls: obligatory but cursory nods to film history and an uneven narrative, where the subject's "rise" inevitably is more compelling than her "fall." Laden with familiar apocrypha on Bara, Vamp isn't groundbreaking, but it is a much-needed full-length work that shows how Bara's precedent-setting career has contemporary resonance in mass-mediated images. With a critical eye for her primary sources, the fanzines, the author deconstructs Hollywood stardom without over-intellectualizing the star. Although Bara's films...


William Beaudine: From Silents to Television
Wendy L. Marshall
0810852187
January 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
In his unsurpassed employment of 60 years in the business, Beaudine racked up more than 500 films and in excess of 350 television programs. Until his death at age 78, he was the oldest active director in the business. This detailed biography chronicles Beaudine's swift rise through the ranks, his triumph as one of the most successful directors of British comedies, his accumulation and loss of personal fortunes, his fall from fame, and his prolific work in television. Marshall corrects much misinformation that has been written about the director and has compiled the most complete list of his directorial credits to date.


Designing for the Movies: The Memoirs of Laurence Irving
Laurence Irving
0810856719
October 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
In this memoir, Irving recounts his World War I flying career, his art studies, and painting in the early 1920s--up to the moment in 1927 when Douglas Fairbanks asked him to design The Iron Mask in Hollywood. Irving vividly recounts working in Hollywood for such distinguished figures as Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, and William Cameron Menzies. Upon his return to the United Kingdom, he worked on other notable films including Moonlight Sonata and George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. Irving's time in Hollywood marked the end of the silent film years and this memoir depicts the effect on all those concerned, with astute and penetrating portraits of the professionals who felt this change so dramatically. Anyone with even the slightest interest in the history of filmmaking and the early characters involved with it will not...


Entrepreneurs
Krista McLuskey
0778700127
January 1999
Hardcover
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Book Description
In depth profiles of: Coco Chanel- fashion designer Mary Pickford- co-founder of UnitedArtists Corporation Anita Roddick - founder of The Body Shop Oprah Winfrey- talk show host and producer Martha Stewart- founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Jannie Tay- founder of The Hour Glass Ltd. plus numerous brief profiles

Card catalog description
Chronicles the fascinating lives and groundbreaking achievements of women in business, including fashion designer Coco Chanel, film studio head Mary Pickford, and Body Shop founder Anita Roddick.

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Entrepreneurs
Krista McLuskey
0778700348
January 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
In depth profiles of: Coco Chanel- fashion designer Mary Pickford- co-founder of UnitedArtists Corporation Anita Roddick - founder of The Body Shop Oprah Winfrey- talk show host and producer Martha Stewart- founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Jannie Tay- founder of The Hour Glass Ltd. plus numerous brief profiles --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

Card catalog description
Chronicles the fascinating lives and groundbreaking achievements of women in business, including fashion designer Coco Chanel, film studio head Mary Pickford, and Body Shop founder Anita Roddick. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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