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By Richard Schickel. 1996
A portrait of the legendary silent film director, whose pioneering efforts set the stage for the modern movie industry. Traces… his childhood on a poor Southern farm, his 1908 entry into films, his meteoric rise to the top of his profession, and his failures and disappointments later in life. 1996.
This book features never-before-seen photos and interviews of the Duke. The legendary icon is made real through vivid anecdotes and… observations from the insiders who worked, gambled, drank, and fought with the outsized personality that was John Wayne. 2009.
By Ronald L Davis. 1998
Biography of movie star John Wayne, who began his Hollywood career as a summer prop mover for actor Tom Mix… at Fox Studios. Wayne was befriended by director John Ford and soon realized that a career as an actor was more interesting than that of the lawyer he had left home to become. After ten years of hard work, Wayne was a popular screen personality. 1998.
By Drew Carey. 1997
Drew Carey writes about beginning his career as a stand-up comic in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, and later starring… in The Drew Carey Show. Topics include the problems with censors and what costar Mimi is really like. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. c1997.
By Pat Stacy, Beverly Linet. 1983
Frank, bittersweet account of the author's love affair with John Wayne. Stacy went to work as Wayne's personal secretary seven… years prior to his death, and the relationship eventually deepened. She offers a modest, endearing peek inside the life of a legend during his final years. 1983.
By Chris Patten. 1998
Chris Patten reflects on his experiences as the governor of Hong Kong, why he adopted the stance he did, and… how he fought his battles. Why has the Far East more generally prospered so spectacularly over recent decades, and how seriously should its recent crises be taken? What is the possibility of such conditions for prosperity being reproduced elsewhere? What are the connections between political freedom and the rule of law, and economic freedom and advance? What is China's role in the world to be? Patten discusses the answers to these and other questions. 1998.
By Gunther Schuller. 1968
Jazz from its beginnings through the early 1930s. Schuller explores sound recordings made since the advent of jazz and responds… to hypothetical questions a musician might ask. He shows how elements of jazz grew out of African music, stresses the shift of emphasis from the music to the performer, and notes the difficulty of studying something as ephemeral as improvised sounds. Followed by "Swing Era". 1986. (History of jazz ; 1)
By Donald Shepherd, Dave Grayson, Robert F Slatzer. 1986
John Wayne started his career as a bit player in "B" movies. He went on to become one of the… undisputed stars of Hollywood, despite his many contradictions. He needed the security of a family and adored children but failed three times at marriage. He drank heavily and enjoyed womanising but he did not let it interfere with his work. The lasting impression was of a gentle, honest and outspoken man. 1986.
By John Lithgow. 2011
Autobiography of award-winning TV, stage, and big-screen star John Lithgow (born 1945). Traces the influence of Lithgow’s father, who was… an actor and director himself. Recalls Lithgow’s student days at Harvard and in England, his start in movies, and his life in New York City. Some strong language. 2011.
By Margaret Webster. 1972
The author has performed in the theatre since the age of five when her actress-mother, Dame May Witty, put her… on the stage. This account of her life-long love affair with the entertainment world includes reminiscences of friendships with other stars. 1972.
By Shirley MacLaine. 1970
By Doris Day, Aaron Edward Hotchner. 1988
The actress/singer candidly reminisces about her Pollyanna image, her triumphs and tragedies and her three disastrous marriages. Hotchner includes interviews… with her son Terry Melcher, her mother, her friends and actors James Garner, Jack Lemmon and James Stewart. 1988.
By Martha Harron. 1988
A daughter's humourous and intimate portrait of Don Harron, the actor, comedian, and writer best-known for his character Charlie Farquharson.… Martha describes her father's successful acting career on Broadway and in London's West End after which he returned to Canada. c1988.
By Suzanne Shelton, Ruth St. Denis. 1981
Critical biography of the interpretive dancer from age fourteen, when she launched her untraditional career under the guidance of her… mother, through her death at eighty-nine in 1968. St. Denis is often credited with being the founder of modern dance and influencing generations of performers. 1981.
By Helena Matheopoulos. 1986
Presents in-depth interviews with leading international male singers. Includes such artists as Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras and Simon… Estes, and analyzes their interpretations from both the musical and the dramatic angles. 1986.
By Hans Blix. 2004
Blix reluctantly came out of retirement in 2000 to lead the U.N. weapons inspections team in Iraq because he was… the only man everyone could agree on for the job. Three years later, those clamouring for military intervention grumbled at his inability (or, as they saw it, refusal) to present evidence of weapons of mass destruction, but he reminds readers that his assignment was to assess and report on the available evidence. A play-by-play account of the months of diplomacy and inspection efforts leading up to the Iraq war. Some descriptions of violence. 2004.
By David Spade. 2015
Spade takes fans back to his childhood as a wannabe cool younger brother and recounts his excruciating road-tour to fame,… when he was regularly mistaken for a fourteen year-old. He dishes about his time on SNL during the beloved Rock/Sandler/Farley era of the 1990s, and brags about the ridiculous perks that fame has brought into his life, including a crazy assistant who attacked him while he was sleeping, being threatened on the street in Beverley Hills by Eddie Murphy, and being one of the shortest guys at the Playboy mansion. 2015.
By Shirley MacLaine. 1991
By Gelsey Kirkland, Greg Lawrence. 1986
Actress recalls her professional life as a model and performer, as well as her family life including marriages and affairs.… After over thirty years in the movie business, Cybill celebrates having survived her way. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller. 2000.