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Accustomed to Her Face

by Axel Nissen

Accustomed to Her Face Synopsis

Drawing on historical documents and newspaper reports, this book provides a fascinating group portrait of a diverse group of character actresses who left their stamp on Hollywood from the early sound era through the 1960s. The lives of 40 actresses are explored in detail. Some are familiar: Margaret Hamilton starred in dozens of films before and after her signature role as the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz; Una Merkel nearly died when her mother committed suicide in 1945. Others are nearly forgotten: Maude Eburne owed her career to a spectacular fall on the Broadway stage in 1914; Greta Meyer, who played the quintessential German maid, came to Hollywood after years in New York's Yiddish theater-though she wasn't Jewish.

Accustomed to Her Face Press Reviews

a must for film buffs...a lot of insight and fascinating info about each of these classic movie actresses --jlneibaur-writer; exhaustively researched...after reading this book you'll enjoy the performances all the more, thanks to Nissen's incredible insights --Pop Culture Classics.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780786497324
Publication date: 30th July 2016
Author: Axel Nissen
Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 288 pages
Categories: Individual actors & performers, Films, cinema,

About Axel Nissen

Axel Nissen is a professor of American literature in the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages at the University of Oslo in Oslo, Norway.

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