The Complete Kay Francis Career Record
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📒The Complete Kay Francis Career Record ✍ Lynn Kear
✏The Complete Kay Francis Career Record Book Summary : This book is the definitive guide to the film, stage, radio and television career of Kay Francis, one of the most glamorous stars from the golden age of Hollywood. For each film, the authors provide a thorough synopsis plus cast and crew information (including biographies), opening dates, production notes, behind-the-scenes details, and reviews. In addition, information is provided on her stage, radio, and television appearances, and a section is devoted to collecting Kay Francis memorabilia, including such items as cigarette cards, sheet music and soundtracks. Also covered is the stage and vaudeville career of Kay Francis’ mother, Katherine Clinton. A brief biography of Kay Francis is provided, along with an insightful foreword by film scholar James Robert Parish. Truly a treasure trove for Kay Francis fans and anyone interested in classic filmmaking in the 1930s and 1940s, the book includes more than 130 illustrations, many of them rare.
📒Kay Francis ✍ Lynn Kear
✏Kay Francis Book Summary : Kay Francis came of age in the Roaring Twenties and relished the era’s hedonistic pursuits. Her career as an actress was launched at the same time, and before her death in 1968, she had appeared on many theater stages, in more than 60 films, on radio, in USO tours, as a model, and on television. The tall, stylish actress had a husky voice and dark beauty that was striking on film. Despite her financial success, relaxed morals, and life as a socialite, the millionaire actress shunned luxuries such as limousines and sprawling estates popular among Hollywood elite. The actress, who insisted she wanted to be forgotten, left behind scrapbooks, boxes of memorabilia and detailed diaries. These rich resources help provide an exhaustive look at the life of one of Hollywood’s most intriguing early stars. Francis’ biography is the heart of this book, beginning with her family background and her upbringing by a vaudevillian actress mother. The story of her extensive career and never-ending romantic pursuits is peppered with comments from the media and her own diaries, and supplemented with ample photographs. A chronology gives dates of theater openings, film releases, marriages, television and radio appearances, births and deaths. A filmography includes complete cast and credit lists.
📒Laurette Taylor American Stage Legend ✍ Lynn Kear
✏Laurette Taylor American Stage Legend Book Summary : How did Laurette Taylor (1884–1946) become America’s most celebrated actress? What training and experience led to her first stage success, Peg o’ My Heart, in 1912? How did her failed 1920s silent film career influence her stage technique? What was so remarkable about her portrayal of Amanda Wingfield in the original 1945 Broadway production of The Glass Menagerie that many actors and critics have proclaimed her performance as the greatest they have ever seen, before or since? How did alcoholism affect her career? And why has it been so difficult to tell her story on stage and screen? This biography offers fascinating new insights into the life and craft of Laurette Taylor. Included is a very short play written by the actress, entitled The Dying Wife.
📒Carole Landis ✍ E.J. Fleming
✏Carole Landis Book Summary : Before she was a glamorous actress, before she was a war-time pin-up star, even before she was Carole Landis, she was Frances Lillian Ridste, an insecure young girl from Wisconsin. She was strikingly beautiful, talented, and on her way to becoming a movie star, yet she spent her entire life searching for love. Though she appeared in more than 60 films during her short career, Landis was better known for her extraordinary beauty and many romantic relationships than for her acting or comedic timing. Like many starlets of the time, Landis worked her way up from uncredited bit parts (and according to rumors, from the casting couch) to leading roles in such films as Topper Returns (1940) and My Gal Sal (1942) over the course of her 11-year career. She spent more time visiting troops during World War II—traveling hundreds of thousands of miles and coming near death twice—than any other Hollywood star. Despite her seemingly glamorous and carefree life, Landis was unable to build a lasting relationship, a fact that contributed to her suicide at 29. This work examines Landis’s life and career in Hollywood, focusing on how her movie career affected her short, unhappy life.
📒The Jasta Pilots ✍ Norman L. R. Franks
✏The Jasta Pilots Book Summary : A photo-illustrated list of all the pilots who served in the feared German Jagdstaffeln ("Jastas" or "hunting units".)
📒Glamour In A Golden Age ✍ Adrienne L. McLean
✏Glamour in a Golden Age Book Summary : Shirley Temple, Clark Gable, Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Norma Shearer, Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo, William Powell and Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow, and Gary Cooper-Glamour in a Golden Age presents original essays from eminent film scholars that analyze movie stars of the 1930s against the background of contemporary American cultural history. Stardom is approached as an effect of, and influence on, the particular historical and industrial contexts that enabled these actors and actresses to be discovered, featured in films, publicized, and to become recognized and admired-sometimes even notorious-parts of the cultural landscape. Using archival and popular material, including fan and mass market magazines, other promotional and publicity material, and of course films themselves, contributors also discuss other artists who were incredibly popular at the time, among them Ann Harding, Ruth Chatterton, Nancy Carroll, Kay Francis, and Constance Bennett.
📒Perry Como ✍ Malcolm Macfarlane
✏Perry Como Book Summary : Perry Como put aside his career as a barber to become one of the top American crooners of the 20th century and also one of the first multimedia stars. His record sales exceeded 100 million. In 1948, Como was the first popular singer to cross over to television and The Perry Como Show became the benchmark for a broadcast music and variety show. Como’s career illuminates developments in the music and television business in the middle of the last century. This biography features 73 photographs, a complete discography, a listing of all television appearances, and a year by year chronology of Perry Como’s life from 1912 to 2001.
📒Always Home ✍ Frank Coffey
✏Always Home Book Summary : A celebration of the USO features photographs of such USO performers as Bob Hope, Marilyn Monroe, Sammy Davis, jr., Martha Raye, John Wayne, Loretta Lynn, Jimmy Stewart, and Elizabeth Taylor
📒Directory Of Historic American Theatres ✍ John W. Frick
✏Directory of Historic American Theatres Book Summary : A major contribution to the history of American theatre, this book records in one volume all available data about theatres built in this country before 1915. The first comprehensive reference work of its kind, the Directory of Historic American Theatres identifies 886 theatres ranging from forgotten second-floor opera houses to elaborate performance centers still in use today. The data collected here is based on exhaustive questionnaire and follow-up mailings to historical societies, libraries, theatres, and individuals involved in historic preservation.
📒A Letter Of Introduction ✍ David a. Redfern
✏A Letter of Introduction Book Summary : British stage actor James Stephenson is best-known today as the suave and determined lawyer defending adulteress-murderer Bette Davis in William Wyler's classic Warner Bros. drama, The Letter. Stephenson's performance was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and is held in high critical esteem. He appeared in at least thirty-nine major movies during 1937-1941 before his life and career were tragically cut short. Author David A. Redfern draws on the late actor's personal archive and other primary source material to unravel the truth in a richly researched biography that traces Stephenson's early family background in Lancashire, England, uncovers his World War One army service records, discloses his business career during the 1920s and early 1930s, and describes the inspiring reality of his struggle to survive during the Great Depression. For the first time, the story is told how, at the age of forty-three, Stephenson was able to enter the acting profession on the strength of his experience in amateur stage work and on the professional stage in Liverpool and London. The author also reveals never-before-seen private letters, in which Stephenson describes his remarkable journey to Hollywood and the risky ordeal of screen tests he took at the Warner Bros. Burbank Studios. Stephenson passed all tests, and during his Hollywood screen career, he appeared opposite such charismatic performers as Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, and Kay Francis. For aficionados of Hollywood s Golden Years and the classic stars, this biography is overfilled with additional content, including numerous photographs, a Filmography, copious Notes, an Index, and Appendices. David A. Redfern is a film historian and lives in England.