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Biography

  • Deconstructing Sammyby Matt Birkbeck

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 11.99

    Sammy Davis Jr. lived a storied life. Adored by millions over a six-decade-long career, he was considered an entertainment icon and a national treasure. But despite lifetime earnings that topped $50 million, Sammy died in 1990 near bankruptcy. His estate was declared insolvent, and there was no possibility of itever using Sammy's name or likeness... more...

  • My Life in Piecesby Simon Callow

    Nick Hern Books 2012; US$ 19.99

    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...

  • Intimacy With Strangersby Ciaran Carty

    The Lilliput Press 2013; US$ 12.99

    This wonderful book builds a mosaic of stories about fame and failure, love and loss, of public achievement and private concern. An immensely enjoyable read.' - Joseph O'Connor. Intimacy With Strangers offers a dazzlingly original, thought-provoking approach to celebrity interviewing. Ciaran Carty draws on his career involving many of the world's leading... more...

  • Hello, I Must Be Goingby Charlotte Chandler

    Simon & Schuster 2007; US$ 18.99

    When Charlotte Chandler called Groucho Marx for an interview, he answered the phone himself. Declining to be interviewed, he invited her over to his house so he could tell her no in person. After talking with her for hours, Groucho asked, "Why aren't you writing?" Hello, I Must Be Going is the story of Groucho and the Marx Brothers, told through... more...

  • Scorsese by Ebertby Roger Ebert; Martin Scorsese

    University of Chicago Press 2009; US$ 16.00

    Roger Ebert wrote the first film review that director Martin Scorsese ever received?for 1967?s I Call First , later renamed Who?s That Knocking at My Door ?creating a lasting bond that made him one of Scorsese?s most appreciative and perceptive commentators. Scorsese by Ebert offers the first record of America?s most respected film critic?s... more...

  • American Rebelby Marc Eliot

    Crown/Archetype 2009; US$ 16.99

    As an actor, he seduces us with his tough-guy charm. As a director and producer, he amazes us with his artistry and technical savvy. As a Hollywood icon, Clint Eastwood, one of film's greatest living legends, represents some of the finest cinematic achievements in the history of American cinema. In American Rebel , bestselling author and acclaimed... 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...

  • Oprah Winfreyby Helen S. Garson

    Greenwood Publishing Group 2004; US$ 39.00

    This biography takes readers behind the hype to present a balanced portrait of Oprah Winfrey, from her abusive childhood in the deep south to her extraordinary success, and examines Oprah's impact on the people close to her and the public at large, from her literary and political influence to her candor about her own struggles with. 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...

  • Fools and Jesters in Literature, Art, and History: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebookby Vicki Janik

    ABC-CLIO 1998; US$ 75.00

    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...