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Anita Page (1910-2008) first captured moviegoers' attention near the end of the silent film era in such classics as While the City Sleeps (1928) with Lon Chaney, The Flying Fleet (1929) with Ramon Novarro, and her own favorite film, Our Dancing Daughters (1928) with Joan Crawford. Throughout her relatively short career, Page enjoyed popular and critical acclaim and appeared in the first full-sound movie to win Best Picture, The Broadway Melody (1929). With foreword by her close friend, actor Randal Malone, this reference work is the first to fully detail Page's remarkable career, including a biography and a complete listing of all her films, along with her one stage appearance and her returns to the limelight in later years. Entries provides complete production information, reviews and behind-the-scenes commentary. Dozens of photos and revealing anecdotes complete a portrait of a fascinating yet underappreciated performer.
Jose Ferrer (1912-1992) became the first Puerto Rican actor to win the Best Actor Academy Award for the 1950 film version of Cyrano de Bergerac.His portrayal of the lovelorn poet/swordsman had already won him the Tony in 1947, and he would be identified with Cyrano for the rest of his life. Ferrer was a theatrical dynamo; in 1952 he directed Stalag 17, The Fourposter, and The Shrike (which he starred in) on Broadway, while New York City movie marquees were heralding his appearance in Anything Can Happen. At his apex in the 1950s, Ferrer capitalized on his Oscar with such triumphs as Moulin Rouge and The Caine Mutiny. He soon became a force behind the camera, acting and directing such critically well-received films as The Shrike and The Great Man. Yet in the late 1950s, such ambitious theatrical productions as Edwin Booth and Juno were critical and commercial flops and film studios lost their patience. By the mid-1960s, Ferrer took whatever roles he could get. He led a turbulent personal life. His first marriage to actress Uta Hagen ended in divorce and scandal. His personal and professional relationship with Paul Robeson landed Ferrer before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Ferrer's marriage to actress/dancer Phyllis Hill was marred by his infidelity, while initial wedded bliss with singer Rosemary Clooney soon eroded. In spite of everything, Ferrer endured and worked practically right up to his death. Proud of his Puerto Rican heritage, he donated his Oscar to the University of Puerto Rico and championed the work of Latino writers. He continuously evolved, stretching his talents. Ferrer's life is an American success story and a testament to reinvention and resilience.
With case studies of high-profile stars like Jet Li, Jackie Chan and Donnie Yen, this ground-breaking book examines transnational Chinese stardom as a Web-based phenomenon, and as an outcome of the participatory practices of cyber fans.
An exhilarating, fascinating and eye-opening journey with two of our most inspirational creatives. A must-read for anyone interested in the crafts of acting and writing or considering a career as a self-employed artist. Lolita and Adrian don't shy away from documenting the reality of our profession - the endless multi-tasking, the long unpaid hours, and the peaks and troughs of generating your own work and being a creative-for-hire. Equally though they celebrate the joy and satisfaction when all that sweat and risk finally pays off. Meera Syal CBE In this insightful joint working diary, the creative powerhouse of a couple, Lolita Chakrabarti and Adrian Lester, chronicle 16 months of their fascinating working lives, including their experiences working on the stage adaptation of Life of Pi, an original series of monologues about the NHS, the film adaptation of Red Velvet and the TV series The Rook, among many other projects. As readers, we experience, first-hand, their experiences as two of the most proactive and versatile theatre makers today, working across a range of media and exciting collaborations.
Ann Miller (1923-2004) was an American actress, dancer, singer and author. Best known as a tap dancer, Miller practiced other forms of dance, and some of her solo routines are considered as good as any recorded in film musical history. Despite a reputation as a kook who believed she was psychic, and the potentially flat image of a glamour girl, Miller's wit, charm and genuine ability to act gave her and her characters depth. This biography presents Ann Miller's career in the context of her fascinating life. Her career began with child acting and included 3 Hollywood studio contracts, two retirements for marriage, and appearances in film, stage, variety shows, sitcoms and more. She made a comeback in the stage musical Sugar Babies, earning a Best Leading Actress in a Musical Tony Award nomination. She was even appointed an international spokesperson for MGM in the ailing years of the studio.
* Written by an experienced film author with many books to her credit* The only book in print to examine Audrey's films in detail* Audrey remains an icon - both as a film star of considerable talent and also for her influence on fashion in the 1950s and 1960sAudrey Hepburn - on screen will trace Audrey's career from her early life in occupied Belgium, through her earliest screen glimpses in such classic British movies as The Lavender Hill Mob and Laughter in Paradise in the late 40s/early 50s, the enduring classics such as Roman Holiday, Sabrina Fair, The Nun's Story, Breakfast at Tiffany's and My Fair Lady from the 50s and 60s. Before moving on to the later, less well known films: Robin and Marian, Bloodline, They All Laughed and Love Among Thieves. In total, she made only twenty-six movies, not many considering her film career spanned 44 years. Of those twenty-six films, Audrey was the star of only nineteen but yet they include some of the greatest films of all time, and provide a record of a young girl, who grew from a Princess, in William Wyler's 1953 Roman Holiday, to an Angel in Steven Spielberg's 1989 Always. But she wasn't just an angel on screen - in the last years of her life she fulfilled that role off-screen as well, when she became a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. Audrey Hepburn - on screen will provide an overview of this enduring icon of the silver screen
This first-ever biography of American actress Anne Francis will enlighten her casual fans and earn a nod of agreement from her diehard admirers. The star of such 1950s cinematic classics as Bad Day at Black Rock, Blackboard Jungle and Forbidden Planet, Anne made the risky decision to transplant her talents to television--and as a result, her acting has often been taken for granted. But TV supplied her with the groundbreaking title role in Honey West (1965-66), where she became the first leading actress to portray a private detective on a regular weekly series. All of Anne Francis' film and television appearances are chronicled, including a full episode guide for Honey West and a complete listing of her guest roles on such series as The Twilight Zone, The Untouchables and Murder, She Wrote.