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The Books: “Vivien: The Life of Vivien Leigh” (Alexander Walker)

A Re-post. For Vivien Leigh’s birthday, which is today. Vivien: The Life of Vivien Leigh, by Alexander Walker I had seen Gone with the Wind as a kid, and while it’s not my favorite movie, it certainly made an impression. … Continue reading

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The Books: “Shelley, Also Known As Shirley” (Shelley Winters)

Daily Book Excerpt: Entertainment Biography/Memoir Shelley: Also known as Shirley, by Shelley Winters There are so many great Shelley Winters stories (and this is only the first volume of her autobiography – there’s another one that follows) but the following … Continue reading

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The Books: “Kiss Me Like A Stranger: My Search for Love and Art” (Gene Wilder)

Daily Book Excerpt: Entertainment Biography/Memoir: Kiss Me Like A Stranger: My Search for Love and Art, by Gene Wilder There’s a magic about Gene Wilder. It is hard to describe or pin down, and maybe that’s the biggest part of … Continue reading

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The Books: “Orson Welles: Volume 2: Hello Americans” (Simon Callow)

Daily Book Excerpt: Entertainment Biography/Memoir: Orson Welles: Volume 2: Hello Americans, by Simon Callow The second volume of Callow’s huge Orson Welles project (excerpt and discussion of the first volume here), this takes us through a chaotic (or, more so … Continue reading

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The Books: “Orson Welles: Volume 1: The Road to Xanadu” (Simon Callow)

Daily Book Excerpt: Entertainment Biography/Memoir: Orson Welles: Volume 1: The Road to Xanadu, by Simon Callow The first volume of actor/writer Simon Callow’s gigantic Orson Welles project. Volume II came out last year, and there will be a third and … Continue reading

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The Books: “Lana: The Lady, the Legend, the Truth” (Lana Turner)

Daily Book Excerpt: Entertainment Biography/Memoir: Lana: The Lady, the Legend, the Truth, by Lana Turner You can open up George Eliot’s Middlemarch and find a gem of language on every page. Not an exaggeration. It’s almost overwhelming, you want her … Continue reading

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The Books: “Jimmy Stewart: A Biography” (Marc Elliot)

Daily Book Excerpt: Entertainment Biography/Memoir: Jimmy Stewart: A Biography, by Marc Elliot I had misplaced this book and forgot about it – so even though we are now at “T” in the alphabet, I have to swoop back and include … Continue reading

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The Books: “Send Yourself Roses: Thoughts on My Life, Love, and Leading Roles” (Kathleen Turner)

Daily Book Excerpt: Entertainment Biography/Memoir Send Yourself Roses: Thoughts on My Life, Love, and Leading Roles, by Kathleen Turner (with Gloria Feldt) I forget sometimes that Body Heat was Kathleen Turner’s debut. How is that possible? Her performance is so … Continue reading

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The Books: “The Story Of My Life” (Ellen Terry)

Daily Book Excerpt: Entertainment Biography/Memoir The Story of My Life, by Ellen Terry This is one of my favorite books in my entire collection, just in terms of it as an object. Second only to the first-edition Ulysses that my … Continue reading

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The Books: “Laurette. The Intimate Biography of Laurette Taylor By Her Daughter” (Marguerite Courtney)

Daily Book Excerpt: Entertainment Biography/Memoir Laurette. The Intimate Biography of Laurette Taylor By Her Daughter, by Marguerite Courtney Laurette Taylor had a long (and rather checkered) stage career – Broadway and regional – starting in 1909 – a career where … Continue reading

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