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  • 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...

  • 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... 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...

  • Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2007by Harris M. Lentz

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2008; US$ 49.95

    The entertainment world lost several legendary stars and a host of other men and women involved in film, television, stage and music in 2007. Legendary I Love Lucy writer Bob Carroll died on January 27, followed three days later by I Dream of Jeannie creator Sidney Sheldon. Other notables who died include Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith, novelists... more...

  • Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2010by Harris M. Lentz

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2011; US$ 49.95

    Among 2010's many notable losses in the performing arts are actors Tony Curtis, Dennis Hopper, Gary Coleman and Peter Graves, rock star Ronnie James Dio, and television personality, actor and athlete Don Meredith. Obituaries of these and other performers and filmmakers, musicians and producers, dancers and composers, writers and others associated... more...

  • Fools and Jesters in Literature, Art, and Historyby VICKI JANIK

    ABC-CLIO 1998; US$ 231.00

    Jesters and fools have existed as important and consistent figures in nearly all cultures. Sometimes referred to as clowns, they are typological characters who have conventional roles in the arts, often using nonsense to subvert existing order. But fools are also a part of social and religious history, and they frequently play key roles in the rituals... more...

  • Ann Sothernby Margie Schultz

    ABC-CLIO 1990; US$ 106.95

    Ann Sothern was often quoted as saying she had played every venue in show business except fairs. For over 60 years, she has captivated audiences from the stage, on radio and television, in film, and as a recording artist. This book is the first full-length examination of Miss Sothern's life and career. In addition to individual chapters on each... more...

  • Alice Fayeby Barry Rivadue

    ABC-CLIO 1990; US$ 95.00

    This is the most definitive survey yet of Alice Faye's unique career in film, recording, broadcasting, and on stage. An annotated bibliography of book, magazine, and newspaper sources covers her life and career from 1933 through 1989. This volume also features a filmography, discography, detailed coverage of Faye's broadcasting and stage career,... more...

  • Show Business Homicidesby David K. Frasier

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2010; US$ 75.00

    A companion volume to the author's Suicide in the Entertainment Industry: An Encyclopedia of 840 Twentieth Century Cases (2002), this reference work chronicles 298 cases of what can be broadly defined as "celebrity" homicides from the early twentieth century onward. Cases are drawn from the realms of film, theatre, music, dance and other... more...

  • Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2011by Harris M Lentz

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2012; US$ 49.95

    The entertainment world lost several legendary stars and a host of other men and women involved in the performing arts in 2011. Notables who died include Andy Rooney, Emmy Award-winning 60 Minutes commentator; Smokin' Joe Frazier, heavyweight boxing champion; rapper Heavy D; Jane Russell, Hollywood pin-up of 1940s and '50s; and movie legend... more...