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By Donald Bogle. 1997
The author recounts the life of Dorothy Dandridge who, in 1954, became the first African American to receive an Academy…Award award nomination for best actress--for her role in "Carmen Jones." Depicts Dandridge as a child actor, a wife and mother, a cabaret singer, and an African American woman searching for acceptable roles in Hollywood
By Brett Butler. 1996
Comedian known for her starring role in the sitcom Grace under Fire takes a serious look at her past. Abandoned…by her father at an early age, Butler later faced her mother's depression, her own alcoholism, and an abusive first husband. Strong language, violence, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller
By Helen Monsoon Geraghty, Helen M. Geraghty. 1995
The life of Chris Burke, who has Down syndrome but nonetheless believed from childhood that he could succeed as an…actor. He has achieved that goal, starring in the television series Life Goes On and becoming a millionaire before the age of thirty. For grades 5-8
The thousands of jokes from Berle's sixty years in vaudeville, radio, television, and the movies are arranged alphabetically by more…than five hundred subjects. Includes an introduction and a "tricks of the trade" advice section
By Emily Wortis Leider. 1997
Biography of the film star, who had more than thirty years of experience in burlesque, vaudeville, and plays before heading…for Hollywood in 1932. West had also been her own writer and producer in New York and came to Paramount Studios demanding star treatment. After achieving fame and fortune, the Hays Office successfully censored West's career in the late 1930s
By Margaret L Finn. 1997
Describes the personal life and career of the actress best known for her sitcom roles in The Dick Van Dyke…Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Discusses Moore's 1964 diabetes diagnosis, her battle with alcoholism, and her endurance of tragic family deaths. For grades 5-8 and older readers
By Tom Vitale. 2021
Anthony Bourdain's long time director and producer takes readers behind the scenes to reveal the insanity of filming television in…some of the most volatile places in the world and what it was like to work with a legend. In the nearly two years since Anthony Bourdain's death, no one else has come close to filling the void he left. His passion for and genuine curiosity about the people and cultures he visited made the world feel smaller and more connected. Despite his affable, confident, and trademark snarky TV persona, the real Tony was intensely private, deeply conflicted about his fame, and an enigma even to those close to him. Tony&’s devoted crew knew him best, and no one else had a front-row seat for as long as his director and producer, Tom Vitale.Over the course of more than a decade traveling together, Tony became a boss, a friend, a hero and, sometimes, a tormentor.In the Weeds takes readers behind the scenes to reveal not just the insanity that went into filming in some of the most far-flung and volatile parts of the world, but what Tony was like unedited and off-camera. From the outside, the job looked like an all-expenses-paid adventure to places like Borneo, Vietnam, Iran, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Libya. What happened off-camera was far more interesting than what made it to air. The more things went wrong, the better it was for the show. Fortunately, everything fell apart constantly.
By Booker T. Jones. 2019
The long-awaited memoir of Booker T. Jones, leader of the famed Stax Records house band, architect of the Memphis soul…sound, and one of the most legendary figures in music. From Booker T. Jones's earliest years in segregated Memphis, music was the driving force in his life. While he worked paper routes and played gigs in local nightclubs to pay for lessons and support his family, Jones, on the side, was also recording sessions in what became the famous Stax Studios-all while still in high school. Not long after, he would form the genre-defining group Booker T. and the MGs, whose recordings went on to sell millions of copies, win a place in Rolling Stone's list of top 500 songs of all time, and help forge collaborations with some of the era's most influential artists, including Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, and Sam & Dave. Nearly five decades later, Jones's influence continues to help define the music industry, but only now is he ready to tell his remarkable life story. Time is Tight is the deeply moving account of how Jones balanced the brutality of the segregationist South with the loving support of his family and community, all while transforming a burgeoning studio into a musical mecca. Culminating with a definitive account into the inner workings of the Stax label, as well as a fascinating portrait of working with many of the era's most legendary performers-Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and Tom Jones, among them-this extraordinary memoir promises to become a landmark moment in the history of Southern Soul.
By John McCabe. 1997
A portrait of Hollywood's celebrated "tough guy," who from 1930 to 1981 made more than sixty films. Traces his impoverished…New York City childhood, his years as a vaudeville dancer, his movie career, and his stable, though somewhat eccentric, personal life. Some strong language
By Jennette McCurdy. 2022
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER A heartbreaking and hilarious memoir by iCarly and Sam & Cat star…Jennette McCurdy about her struggles as a former child actor—including eating disorders, addiction, and a complicated relationship with her overbearing mother—and how she retook control of her life. Jennette McCurdy was six years old when she had her first acting audition. Her mother's dream was for her only daughter to become a star, and Jennette would do anything to make her mother happy. So she went along with what Mom called "calorie restriction," eating little and weighing herself five times a day. She endured extensive at-home makeovers while Mom chided, "Your eyelashes are invisible, okay? You think Dakota Fanning doesn't tint hers?" She was even showered by Mom until age sixteen while sharing her diaries, email, and all her income. In I'm Glad My Mom Died , Jennette recounts all this in unflinching detail—just as she chronicles what happens when the dream finally comes true. Cast in a new Nickelodeon series called iCarly , she is thrust into fame. Though Mom is ecstatic, emailing fan club moderators and getting on a first-name basis with the paparazzi ("Hi Gale!"), Jennette is riddled with anxiety, shame, and self-loathing, which manifest into eating disorders, addiction, and a series of unhealthy relationships. These issues only get worse when, soon after taking the lead in the iCarly spinoff Sam & Cat alongside Ariana Grande, her mother dies of cancer. Finally, after discovering therapy and quitting acting, Jennette embarks on recovery and decides for the first time in her life what she really wants. Told with refreshing candor and dark humor, I'm Glad My Mom Died is an inspiring story of resilience, independence, and the joy of shampooing your own hair
By Ria Thundercloud. 2022
In her debut picture book, adapted for audio, professional Indigenous dancer Ria Thundercloud tells the true story of her path…to dance and how it helped her take pride in her Native American heritage. At four years old, Ria Thundercloud was brought into the powwow circle, ready to dance in the special jingle dress her mother made for her. As she grew up, she danced with her brothers all over Indian country. Then Ria learned more styles—tap, jazz, ballet—but still loved the expressiveness of Indigenous dance. And despite feeling different as one of the only Native American kids in her school, she always knew she could turn to dance to cheer herself up. Follow along as Ria shares her dance journey—from dreaming of her future to performing as a professional
By Sona Movsesian. 2022
From Conan O&’Brien&’s longtime assistant and cohost of his podcast, Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend , a completely hilarious and…irreverent how-to guide for becoming a terrible, yet unfireable employee, spilling her trade secrets for minimizing effort while maximizing the rewards. Sona Movsesian didn&’t wake up one day and decide to become the World&’s Worst Assistant. Achieving such greatness is a gradual process—one that starts with long hours and hard work before it eventually descends into sneaking low-dosage edibles into your lunch and napping on your boss&’s couch. With a forward from Conan O&’Brien, The World&’s Worst Assistant is a mixture of how-tos (like How to Nap at Work and How to Watch TV at Your Desk), tips for becoming untouchable (like memorizing social security and credit card numbers and endearing yourself to friends and family), and incredible personal stories from Sona&’s twelve years spent working for Conan that put their adorable closeness and professional dysfunction on display. In this audiobook, Sona will explain her descent from eager, hard-working, ambitious, detail-orientated assistant to self-awarded title-holder for the worst in history. This book is irresistible fun you&’ll want to give to every young professional in your life. For readers of heartfelt humor like that of Phoebe Robinson and Colin Jost, The World&’s Worst Assistant is a chance for fans, viewers, and listeners of Conan&’s shows and podcast to fall in love with Sona and Conan all over again
By Maitland Ward. 2022
An empowering, sex-positive, behind-the-scenes look at both Hollywood and the porn industry in this celebrity memoir unlike any other. Perfect…for fans of Pleasure Activism and How to Make Love Like a Porn Star. Maitland Ward got her start in acting as a teenager when she was cast in The Bold and the Beautiful , but it wasn't until she joined the later seasons of the sitcom Boy Meets World that she got her first taste of fame. As the loveable, sexy (but not too sexy) co-ed Rachel McGuire, Ward soon found herself being typecast as the good girl next door and was repeatedly denied darker, more intriguing roles. So she made a career change—one that required her to turn away from the Disney universe—and eventually established herself as one of the most-respected actresses in the porn industry today. Now, Ward reveals the ups and downs of her fascinating career, including personal stories from her time on one of the most beloved shows of the 1990s, in this anything but a run-of-the-mill memoir. By showing Hollywood and triple-X stardom in a whole new light, she offers a fresh and stirring perspective on the sex industry. Ultimately a story of hope and triumph, Rated X is a sharp and provocative look at a former Disney princess who found her fairy tale in porn
By A. M Sperber, Eric Lax, A. M. Sperber. 1997
By Gary Numan. 2020
A Daily Mail 'best TV and showbiz memoir' for 2020From humble beginnings in Middlesex, where money was scarce but dreams…were encouraged, to the award-winning godfather of electronica, Gary Numan has seen it all. His incredible story can be charted in two distinct parts . . .The first: a stratospheric rise to success quickly followed by a painful decline into near obscurity. At school, Gary fell through the cracks of the system and was expelled. An unlikely but determined popstar, he earned his first record deal aged nineteen and, two years later, had released four bestselling albums and had twice toured the world. But, aged just twenty-five, it felt like it was all over. Gary's early success began to hold him back and he battled to reconcile the transient nature of fame with his Asperger's syndrome.The second: a twenty-plus year renaissance catalysed by a date with a super-fan. Gary catalogues his fifteen-year struggle with crippling debts, his slow, obstacle-laden journey back to the top (and the insecurity that comes with that) and why Savage reaching #2 in 2017 meant more than the heady heights of 1979. Gary also candidly discusses the importance of his fans; why having Asperger's is a gift at times; the inspiration behind the lyrics; flying around the world in 1981; IVF struggles and the joy of fatherhood and his battle with depression and anxiety.(R)evolution is the rollercoaster rise and fall (and rise) of one man, several dozen synthesisers, multiple issues and two desperately different lives. By turns hilarious and deeply moving, this is Gary Numan in his own words - a brutally honest reflection on the man behind the music.
By Willie Nelson. 2022
&“I&’ve got this song that begs to be a book and a book that begs to read like a song--a…long, romping ballad of sweetness and scandal bridging seven decades of friendship . . .&”Immortalized in Willie Nelson&’s road song &“Me and Paul,&” Paul English was the towering figure who for 70 years acted as Willie&’s drummer, bodyguard, accountant, partner in crime, and right-hand man.Together, the two men roamed the country, putting on shows, getting into a few scrapes, raising money for good causes, and bringing the joy of their music to fans worldwide. Stories of Willie and Paul&’s misadventures became legendary, but many have gone untold--until now.Set against the backdrop of the exploding Americana music scene and told in Willie&’s inimitable, colorful style, Me and Paul follows the two performers through their decades-long careers.
By Michail Takach, Bj Daniels. 2022
p>The queens that made Milwaukee famousFor over a century, drag has been an unstoppable force in Milwaukee nightlife. On June…7, 1884, "The Only Leon" brought the fine art of female impersonation to the Grand Opera Hall, launching a proud local legacy that continues today at This Is It, La Cage, Hamburger Mary's, D.I.X. and innumerable other venues.Historians Michail Takach and BJ Daniels recognize that today's LGBTQ liberties were born from the strength, resilience, and resistance of yesterday's gender non-conforming pioneers. This is a long overdue celebration of those stories, including high-rolling hustler of the Fourth Ward "Badlands" Frank Blunt, over-the-top dinner theater drag superstar of the 1950s Adrian Ames, and "It Kid" Jamie Gays, first-ever Miss Gay Milwaukee and Latin community hero.And many, many more.
By Herbert G Goldman, Herbert G. Goldman. 1997
Born on Rosh Hashanah in 1892 and soon orphaned by his mother's death and father's disappearance, Cantor (born Israel Iskowitz)…was raised by his grandmother. Goldman recounts Cantor's life from his days on the streets of New York's Lower East Side through his rise to fame, discussing his days in vaudeville and the movies, his family, and his charitable work
By Lorna Luft. 1998
Autobiography of singer Lorna Luft that encompasses life with her family, including mother Judy Garland, half-sister Liza Minnelli, and father…Sid Luft. The performer recounts her musical career after her mother's early death, her marriages, and her struggle with drug addiction. Some strong language
By Michael Eisner. 1998
Eisner provides an account of how a Jewish boy from an affluent Manhattan family rose through the ranks to become…Disney's CEO. Discusses his family life, his jobs at ABC and Paramount Pictures, the role he played in getting the position at Disney, and his part in expanding the company. Bestseller. 1998.