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Here They Are Jayne Mansfield

Author: Raymond Strait
Publisher: SP Books
ISBN: 9781561711468
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A biography of Hollywood's other blonde sex symbol discusses Mansfield's controversial life, examining the truth behind rumors of her role as "sex slave" to the Kennedy brothers, her participation in Satanic worship, her connection to Jack Ruby, and more. Original.

Affectionately Jayne Mansfield Hardback

Author: Richard Koper
Publisher: BearManor Media
ISBN: 9781629332239
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Discover the story of an actress, who earned fame and fortune with a seductive smile, an eye-popping hourglass figure, and a "dumb blonde" persona that belied the fact that she spoke five languages and was a concert violist and pianist. Jayne Mansfield was an American actress in film, theatre, and television. She was also a nightclub entertainer, a singer, and one of the early Playboy Playmates. She was a major Hollywood sex symbol of the 1950s and early 1960s. She was 20th Century Fox's answer to Marilyn Monroe and came to be known as the "Working Man's Monroe" and as America's "Smartest Dumb Blonde." She was also known for her well-publicized personal life and publicity stunts, such as wardrobe malfunctions. Jayne became a major Broadway star in 1955, a major Hollywood star in 1956, and a leading celebrity in 1957. Her film and stage career was short-lived, yet she experienced several box office successes and won a Theatre World Award and a Golden Globe. She enjoyed success in the role of fictional actress Rita Marlowe, both in the 1955-1956 Broadway version and the 1957 Hollywood film version of Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? She showcased her comedic skills in The Girl Can't Help It (1956), her dramatic assets in The Wayward Bus (1957), and her sizzling presence in Too Hot to Handle (1960). She also sang for studio recordings, including the album Shakespeare, Tchaikovsky & Me and the single "As the Clouds Drift By," which was backed with "Suey," both featuring legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix). Jayne's notable television work included television dramas Follow the Sun and Burke's Law, game shows The Match Game and What's My Line?, variety shows The Jack Benny Program and The Bob Hope Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, and a large number of talk shows. By the early 1960s, Jayne's box office popularity had declined and Hollywood studios lost interest in her. In the sexploitation film Promises! Promises! (1963), she became the first major American actress to have a nude starring role in a Hollywood motion picture. She was married three times and had three children. The world was stunned when died in a car accident at the young age of thirty-four. This profusely illustrated biography reveals her private life, her tragic death, and her roles in films, stage plays, and television appearances. Everything you've ever wanted to know about her can be found in Affectionately, Jayne Mansfield.

Alan Alda The 1983 Biography

Author: Raymond Strait
Publisher: Crossroad Press
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**This biography was originally published in 1983 and has not been updated. Any events after 1983 are not included.** Best known for his role as Hawkeye Pierce on the award-winning TV series M*A*S*H, Alan Alda has made his way into Hollywood’s spotlight while keeping remarkably free of its whirlwind parties and endless gossip. He remains a private man—an actor whose personal life and politics are far different from the character of the womanizing, side-cracking army doctor that brought him international fame. In Alan Alda: The 1983 Biography, biographer Raymond Strait succeeds in presenting Alda’s life and career with illuminating, and sometimes surprising, details. Tracing Alda’s theater credits, from his early experience as a struggling New York actor to his starring roles in films like Same Time Next Year, The Seduction of Joe Tynan, and The Four Seasons, Strait also reports on Alda’s work as a screenwriter and director. A comprehensive look at Alda’s immense popularity, this biography contains revealing insights from friends, childhood sweethearts, and fellow actors. But this is not a sugar-coated star portrait, and Strait gives us Alda’s traumas as well as his triumphs: his childhood battle with polio, his parents’ divorce, and the tense moments that Alda's personal convictions have caused, both on the set and off. With unexpected revelations about Alda's views on women, his work, and the future, this fascinating biography promises to show new dimensions of this talented enigmatic man.

Sonja Henie

Author: Raymond Strait
Publisher: Welcome Rain
ISBN: 9781566493949
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When Darryl F. Zanuck introduced her to America in 1937, young Norwegian figure skater Sonja Henie had won ten World Figure Skating championships and three Olympic gold medals. Blonde, enthusiastic, and beautiful, Henie was the girl-next-door type in hit after box office hit, but her personal life was the opposite of her big-screen image. She was known as a Nazi sympathizer, had a chaotic love life, and alienated family and friends with her abusive behavior. Includes dozens of photographs, mostly drawn from private collections.

I Married A Munster

Author: Karen Lewis
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 1543900062
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Karen Lewis’s memoir, I Married a Munster, is the hilarious, colorful love story of her marriage to America’s Icon, Al Lewis, “Grandpa” in the famously long-lived sitcom, THE MUNSTERS. Part Romantic Comedy and part Drama, Karen provides a rollicking yet intimate look at this outwardly mismatched - she’s from Berkeley/he’s from Brooklyn - couple’s search for connection and honesty. The author provides juicy inside peeks into Al’s theatrical past, acting on stage, in film and television performances, and similarly, the fabulous evening they spent having dinner with Fred Gwynne and his wife, when Grandpa and Herman Munster dish the dirt on Mockingbird Lane. Rich in theater anecdotes and stories from Al’s life, it’s wrapped in Karen’s Aha! Moments as the scope of their life together widens. Storytelling at its best, the deeper message is an urgent wake up call to use ones lifetime wisely and to engage humanity with empathy and compassion. Chapter Highlights: Al’s run for Governor; Karen’s debut on the Howard Stern Show; Debbie Harry at the Married to the Mob wrap party; Prisoner’s Rights Advocacy; Alternative Medicine; Radio hosting; Dinner with Fred Gwynne; Meeting Fidel Castro; Filming My Grandpa is a Vampire in New Zealand; Tenants’ Rights; Race Awareness with Dick Gregory; and more. Important themes emerge such as Politics, theater, acting, sociology, psychology, popular philosophy, medicine, education, feminism, sports, music, and ultimately, love. This book, I Married a Munster! is about love – its many facets. Love of truth and love of life’s most precious resource: people.

From Mother And Daughter To Friends

Author: Nancy Aniston
Publisher: Prometheus Books
ISBN: 1615923764
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Engagingly written as a journal of fond memories, life experiences, lessons learned, and tragedies overcome, this is the story of the family that gave the world actress Jennifer Aniston. Written by her mother, Nancy Aniston, this tender, poetic, and charming memoir represents a healing exercise, and most importantly serves as an example of how to cope with and understand estrangement between parent and child. During the meteoric rise of Jennifer's popularity on the hit television comedy 'Friends', Nancy and her daughter had a misunderstanding imposed on them by a tabloid TV report. In the three years since they last spoke, Nancy learned that separation from grown children is a national epidemic and that scores of parents suffer the same feelings of pain, guilt, and shame. This knowledge inspired Nancy Aniston to record family memories in this compelling volume, "and in the process of detailed retrospection a miraculous healing took place". Nancy chronicles her own childhood of poverty, abandonment, failed marriages, and the difficult early years as a single mother. She recalls Jennifer's early love for the theatre, the therapists, career managers, and hangers-on who endangered family bonds as she guided her daughter through the exciting, sometimes disappointing, stages of an acting career that came to realise phenomenal success. While refusing the lure of celebrity gossip, Nancy Aniston strives to secure her story's inherent dignity, hoping it will be helpful to those trying to overcome their own childhood trauma, fallout from divorce, single-parenting issues, and the "dark hole of child/parent estrangement".