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  • Mae Westby Jill Watts

    Oxford University Press, USA 2003; US$ 44.99

    "Why don't you come up and see me sometime?" Mae West invited and promptly captured the imagination of generations. Even today, years after her death, the actress and author is still regarded as the pop archetype of sexual wantonness and ribald humor. But who was this saucy starlet, a woman who was controversial enough to be jailed, pursued... more...

  • My Life in Piecesby Simon Callow

    Nick Hern Books 2012; US$ 14.57

    An alternative autobiography of the well-loved actor and man of the theatre. In My Life in Pieces Simon Callow retraces his life through the multifarious performers, writers, productions and events which have left their indelible mark on him. The story begins with Peter Pan – his first ever visit to the theatre – before transporting... more...

  • Original Million Dollar Mermaidby Emily Gibson; Barbara Firth

    Allen & Unwin 2005; US$ 29.95

    The story of Annette Kellerman, who started swimming to overcome a childhood illness and went on to become an international swimming sensation and a Hollywood star. The original Million Dollar Mermaid, she is one of the great unsung Australian heroines. more...

  • The Passion of Montgomery Cliftby Amy Lawrence

    University of California Press 2010; US$ 34.95

    From his 1948 film debut in Red River through such classics as The Heiress, A Place in the Sun , and From Here to Eternity , Montgomery Clift exemplified a new masculinity and?leading the way for a generation of actors, including Marlon Brando and James Dean?epitomized the new naturalistic style of acting. Clift?s impact was such that, both during... more...

  • Possessedby Donald Spoto

    HarperCollins 2010; US$ 6.99

    New York Times bestselling author Donald Spoto has already brilliantly explored the lives and careers of numerous Hollywood stars and entertainment icons?Grace Kelly, James Dean, Alfred Hitchcock, and Marilyn Monroe, to name but a few. In Possessed , his subject is the inimitable Joan Crawford, one of the most electrifying divas of the Golden... more...

  • Andy Kaufmanby Florian Keller

    University of Minnesota Press 2005; US$ 58.50

    Taking as his starting point the 1999 biopic Man on the Moon, Florian Keller explores Andy Kaufman's career within a broader discussion of the ideology of the American Dream, grasping Kaufman's radical agenda beyond avant-garde theories of transgression. Presenting readings of Kaufman's most significant performances, Keller shows how he... more...

  • Auditionby Barbara Walters

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2008; US$ 15.95

    New York Post ?An ambitious and successful book. . . . .Suffused with an emotional intensity. . . . It belongs to a part of American culture that Walters helped invent.? ? The New Yorker ?Walters doesn?t shy from the tough stuff.... Nor does she, an entertainer as much as a groundbreaking journalist, skimp on the fun bits.?? People ?A frank, graceful... more...

  • Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarrby Stephen Michael Shearer; Robert Osborne

    St. Martin's Press 2010; US$ 18.99

    The Surprising Story of Hedy Lamarr, "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" As a teenage actress in 1920s Austria, performing on the stage and in film in light comedies and musicals, Hedy Kiesler, with her exotic beauty, was heralded across Europe by her mentor, Max Reinhardt. However, it was her nude scene, and surprising dramatic ability, in Ecstasy... more...

  • Dramaby John Lithgow

    HarperCollins 2011; US$ 12.99

    "A memoir as finely crafted as one of Lithgow?s performances." ?Steve Martin Emmy Award-winner John Lithgow presents a charming, witty, and revealing memoir about his family, his work, and his life in Drama ?an intimate story of insights and inspirational reflections from one of America?s most beloved actors. Lithgow pays tribute to his father,... more...

  • John Gielgudby Sheridan Morley

    Simon & Schuster 2010; US$ 30.00

    Sir John Gielgud's career as an actor was perhaps the most distinguished of any of his generation, and, in a lifetime that spanned almost a century, he appeared in hundreds of theatrical productions and films, receiving virtually every honor given, including an Academy Award. Now, in this wonderfully insightful biography, fully authorized and written... more...