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Janet Gaynor

Janet Gaynor Author Connie J. Billips
ISBN-10 UOM:39015022293867
Release 1992-01-01
Pages 155
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The entire acting career of Academy Award-winner Janet Gaynor is presented here, from bit parts in 1924 to a final appearance on ABC-TV's Love Boat in 1981, with emphasis on roles in important feature films, such as Seventh Heaven (1927) and A Star Is Born (1937). Assessed in the opening biography, her work is further documented in separate chapters on film, radio, stage, and television. An extensive bibliography includes critical studies and reviews and reveals her immense popularity in fan magazines. Her versatile career is further illustrated in a photo essay.



Jayne Mansfield

Jayne Mansfield Author Jocelyn Faris
ISBN-10 9780313285448
Release 1994-01-01
Pages 284
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People today remember Jayne Mansfield as a famous Hollywood movie star. However, she starred in only three American movies before moving to low-budget European films. She was a master of publicity who appeared in newspapers across the nation almost daily. Through her frequent exposure in the media, she gave the public the false impression that she was a major movie star. This book explores her stormy love life and gives annotated entries for all her performances.



Ginger Rogers

Ginger Rogers Author Jocelyn Faris
ISBN-10 0313291772
Release 1994-01-01
Pages 299
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Ginger Rogers had a versatile and successful career as a dancer, singer, comedienne, and Academy Award winning dramatic actress. Here is a detailed guide to her many accomplishments in the entertainment world. Though she is remembered chiefly as the dance partner of Fred Astaire, her work spanned a number of media and she was one of the most famous actresses in the United States. Faris provides detailed information on all of her performances.



David Niven

David Niven Author Karin J. Fowler
ISBN-10 0313280444
Release 1995
Pages 298
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David Niven was a respected actor who performed in almost all media. His forty-year career included work in classic films, to which he brought a touch of charm and humor while working with major stars. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1958 and had success as both a performer and a writer. This book presents a detailed record of Niven's spectacular career, along with a biographical overview of his eventful life.



John Ford

John Ford Author Bill Levy
ISBN-10 0313275149
Release 1998-01-01
Pages 352
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John Ford (1894-1973) is universally acknowledged as one of the greatest directors in the history of cinema. He is the only person to win four Academy Awards for Direction, and he was also honored by receiving virtually every other cinematic award for his work as a director. This reference book provides researchers an opportunity to locate quickly and conveniently a vast body of information about John Ford. The heart of the volume is a detailed filmography, which includes individual entries for 184 motion pictures with which Ford was involved. The entries provide plot summaries, critical commentaries, cast and credit information, and excerpts from reviews. Also of importance is the book's enormous annotated bibliography, which cites more than 1000 works. The opening biography examines Ford as a person, as a director, and as a cinematic influence and provides a background for the entries that comprise the bulk of the volume. Additional sections include a chronology; a list of Ford's unrealized projects; his radio, television, and theater credits; his awards and honors; and special collections and archives.



Rock Hudson

Rock Hudson Author Brenda Scott Royce
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105018288295
Release 1995-01-01
Pages 320
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Offers in-depth coverage of Hudson's career, how he was treated in the media, and his transformation from beloved idol to tragic symbol of our times.



George Sidney

George Sidney Author Eric Monder
ISBN-10 UOM:39015032237862
Release 1994-01-01
Pages 340
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Traces and documents the career of George Sidney, one of the most significant Hollywood studio directors.



Ronald Colman

Ronald Colman Author Sam Frank
ISBN-10 UOM:39015041359871
Release 1997-01-01
Pages 294
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One of the most enchanting figures of the silver screen, Ronald Colman appeared in such classic films as Beau Geste, The Prisoner of Zenda, Lost Horizon, and A Tale of Two Cities. He was nominated four times for the Academy Award, which he won for a spectacular performance in A Double Life. His voice was unrivaled, and he had a brilliant career in radio. But for all of his achievements, he has been sadly neglected. This volume expertly documents Colman's many hundreds of performances and offers fresh and insightful assessments of his works. Included are entries for all of his appearances, along with a critical annotated bibliography.



George Burns and Gracie Allen

George Burns and Gracie Allen Author Cynthia Clements
ISBN-10 UOM:39015040736160
Release 1996-01-01
Pages 412
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George Burns and Gracie Allen will long be remembered for their comedy routines. They began their illustrious careers as vaudeville performers, and with the rise of radio and television, they attained enormous popularity through their shows and guest appearances. After the death of Gracie Allen in 1964, Burns continued his career and gained fame as a movie star. This comprehensive reference summarizes the lives and achievements of Burns and Allen and provides detailed information about their work together and individually.



Fred Astaire

Fred Astaire Author Larry Billman
ISBN-10 0313290105
Release 1997-01-01
Pages 402
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One of the most dynamic figures of the entertainment industry, Fred Astaire's career spanned most of the twentieth century. For some, he brings to mind the world of Broadway. For others, he represents the golden age of the movie musical. But virtually all of his fans will long remember his effortlessly graceful dance routines. International dance giants have credited his work with inspiring their careers and with giving them a model of excellence. This reference book is a complete guide to Astaire's legendary career. The volume includes a short biography, followed by chapters devoted to his work in stage, film, radio, and television. each of these chapters contains entries for specific performances, with entries providing plot synopses, cast and credits, critical commentary, and excerpts from reviews. An annotated bibliography concludes the volume.



Joan Fontaine

Joan Fontaine Author Marsha Lynn Beeman
ISBN-10 UOM:39015032556436
Release 1994
Pages 338
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Traces and details the life and career of Joan Fontaine.



Lillian Russell

Lillian Russell Author Donald Ray Schwartz
ISBN-10 UOM:39015040373196
Release 1997-01-01
Pages 303
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In this thorough study of Lillian Russell, chapters provide detailed entries of her performances and extensive bibliographic information.



Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle

Roscoe  Fatty  Arbuckle Author Robert Young
ISBN-10 UOM:39015032617105
Release 1994-01-01
Pages 307
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Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle had an interesting and varied career as a vaudeville monologist, musical comedy star, and silent film comedian, writer, director, and producer. He was also the subject of scandal, having been accused of rape and murder. Though he was never indicted on these charges and was acquitted of manslaughter, his case is still mentioned today. This book draws upon extensive research to provide an objective account of Arbuckle's life and career.



Eleanor Powell

Eleanor Powell Author Margie Schultz
ISBN-10 0313281106
Release 1994-01-01
Pages 335
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Eleanor Powell began her notable career at age 12, by dancing in a supper show at an Atlantic City hotel. As a teenager, she moved to vaudeville and Broadway, where producers insisted that she become a tap dancer. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, she was the queen of tap dancing, appearing in some of the best-loved musicals of all time. This book provides detailed information about her career and her many performances, appearances, and awards.



Betty Comden and Adolph Green

Betty Comden and Adolph Green Author Alice M. Robinson
ISBN-10 0313276595
Release 1994
Pages 360
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This reference provides a detailed overview of the work of Betty Comden and Adolph Green, who for over fifty years have collaborated on skits, musicals, revues, and films. The book begins with a biography and a chronology, which serve as a summary of the major events in their lives and careers. Then there are six sections detailing their work on Broadway. Other sections then document their radio and film work. The sections contain entries for all of the productions with which Comden and Green were involved, and the entries provide full information about the performances, including cast lists, plot summaries, reviews, and commentaries. These sections are followed by an extensive bibliography and an appendix that lists the awards and nominations that Comden and Green and their works have received. A thorough index adds to the usefulness of the book.



Harold Lloyd

Harold Lloyd Author Annette M. D'Agostino
ISBN-10 UOM:39015032617295
Release 1994-01-01
Pages 295
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One of the most significant contributors to the early years of the motion picture industry, Harold Lloyd was also a shrewd businessman and became the wealthiest man in Hollywood at the peak of his career. This book overviews Lloyd's life and achievements and provides detailed information on his work in film, radio, and television. The film chapter describes all of Lloyd's feature films, shorts, cameo roles, and newsreels.



Robert Wise

Robert Wise Author Frank T. Thompson
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105009829651
Release 1995-01-01
Pages 164
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A comprehensive look at the career of the director of such classic films as The Day the Earth Stood Still, West Side Story, and The Sound of Music.