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Janet Gaynor

Author: Connie J. Billips
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
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The entire acting career of Academy Award-winner Janet Gaynor is presented here, from bit parts in 1924 to a final appearance on ABC-TV's Love Boat in 1981, with emphasis on roles in important feature films, such as Seventh Heaven (1927) and A Star Is Born (1937). Assessed in the opening biography, her work is further documented in separate chapters on film, radio, stage, and television. An extensive bibliography includes critical studies and reviews and reveals her immense popularity in fan magazines. Her versatile career is further illustrated in a photo essay.

Jayne Mansfield

Author: Jocelyn Faris
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313285446
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People today remember Jayne Mansfield as a famous Hollywood movie star. However, she starred in only three American movies before moving to low-budget European films. She was a master of publicity who appeared in newspapers across the nation almost daily. Through her frequent exposure in the media, she gave the public the false impression that she was a major movie star. This book explores her stormy love life and gives annotated entries for all her performances.

Ginger Rogers

Author: Jocelyn Faris
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313291777
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Ginger Rogers had a versatile and successful career as a dancer, singer, comedienne, and Academy Award winning dramatic actress. Here is a detailed guide to her many accomplishments in the entertainment world. Though she is remembered chiefly as the dance partner of Fred Astaire, her work spanned a number of media and she was one of the most famous actresses in the United States. Faris provides detailed information on all of her performances.

David Niven

Author: Karin J. Fowler
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313280443
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David Niven was a respected actor who performed in almost all media. His forty-year career included work in classic films, to which he brought a touch of charm and humor while working with major stars. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1958 and had success as both a performer and a writer. This book presents a detailed record of Niven's spectacular career, along with a biographical overview of his eventful life.

John Ford

Author: Bill Levy
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313275142
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John Ford (1894-1973) is universally acknowledged as one of the greatest directors in the history of cinema. He is the only person to win four Academy Awards for Direction, and he was also honored by receiving virtually every other cinematic award for his work as a director. This reference book provides researchers an opportunity to locate quickly and conveniently a vast body of information about John Ford. The heart of the volume is a detailed filmography, which includes individual entries for 184 motion pictures with which Ford was involved. The entries provide plot summaries, critical commentaries, cast and credit information, and excerpts from reviews. Also of importance is the book's enormous annotated bibliography, which cites more than 1000 works. The opening biography examines Ford as a person, as a director, and as a cinematic influence and provides a background for the entries that comprise the bulk of the volume. Additional sections include a chronology; a list of Ford's unrealized projects; his radio, television, and theater credits; his awards and honors; and special collections and archives.

George Sidney

Author: Eric Monder
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN:
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Traces and documents the career of George Sidney, one of the most significant Hollywood studio directors.

Ronald Colman

Author: Sam Frank
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
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One of the most enchanting figures of the silver screen, Ronald Colman appeared in such classic films as Beau Geste, The Prisoner of Zenda, Lost Horizon, and A Tale of Two Cities. He was nominated four times for the Academy Award, which he won for a spectacular performance in A Double Life. His voice was unrivaled, and he had a brilliant career in radio. But for all of his achievements, he has been sadly neglected. This volume expertly documents Colman's many hundreds of performances and offers fresh and insightful assessments of his works. Included are entries for all of his appearances, along with a critical annotated bibliography.

Fred Astaire

Author: Larry Billman
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313290107
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One of the most dynamic figures of the entertainment industry, Fred Astaire's career spanned most of the twentieth century. For some, he brings to mind the world of Broadway. For others, he represents the golden age of the movie musical. But virtually all of his fans will long remember his effortlessly graceful dance routines. International dance giants have credited his work with inspiring their careers and with giving them a model of excellence. This reference book is a complete guide to Astaire's legendary career. The volume includes a short biography, followed by chapters devoted to his work in stage, film, radio, and television. each of these chapters contains entries for specific performances, with entries providing plot synopses, cast and credits, critical commentary, and excerpts from reviews. An annotated bibliography concludes the volume.

Eleanor Powell

Author: Margie Schultz
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313281105
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Eleanor Powell began her notable career at age 12, by dancing in a supper show at an Atlantic City hotel. As a teenager, she moved to vaudeville and Broadway, where producers insisted that she become a tap dancer. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, she was the queen of tap dancing, appearing in some of the best-loved musicals of all time. This book provides detailed information about her career and her many performances, appearances, and awards.

George Burns And Gracie Allen

Author: Cynthia Clements
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
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George Burns and Gracie Allen will long be remembered for their comedy routines. They began their illustrious careers as vaudeville performers, and with the rise of radio and television, they attained enormous popularity through their shows and guest appearances. After the death of Gracie Allen in 1964, Burns continued his career and gained fame as a movie star. This comprehensive reference summarizes the lives and achievements of Burns and Allen and provides detailed information about their work together and individually.