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By Myself and Then Some
Lauren Bacall

BIOGRAPHY BACALL

The epitome of grace, independence, and wit, Lauren Bacall continues to project an audacious spirit and pursue on-screen excellence. The product of an extraordinary mother and a loving extended family, she produced, with Humphrey Bogart, some of the most electric and memorable scenes in movie history. After tragically losing Bogart, she returned to New York and a brilliant career in the theatre. A two-time Tony winner, she married and later divorced her second love, Jason Robards, and never lost sight of the strength that made her a star.


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Ball of Fire: the Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball
Stefan Kanfer

BIOGRAPHY BALL

As a movie actress Lucille Ball was, in her own worlds, “queen of the B-pluses.” But on the small screen she was a superstar—arguably the funniest and most enduring in the history of TV. In this exemplary biography, Stefan Kanfer explores the roots of Lucy’s genius and places it in the context of her conflicted and sometimes bitter personal life.


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Thank Heaven: A Memoir
Leslie Caron

BIOGRAPHY CARON

Wry, poignant, and unguardedly frank, Thank Heaven (an homage to “Thank Heaven for Little Girls,” the song Maurice Chevalier sings about her in Gigi) recounts Caron’s unorthodox childhood in France, her string of Hollywood successes and leading men, her very public affair with Warren Beatty, and her later triumph over depression and alcoholism. Both witty and deeply moving, Caron’s unsentimental memoir will captivate anyone who love classic American movies.


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American Prince: A Memoir
Tony Curtis,Peter Golenbock

BIOGRAPHY CURTIS

The legendary actor chronicles his odyssey from hard-knock childhood as the son of immigrant parents to Hollywood success, detailing his days as a tinseltown playboy, the film industry during Hollywood’s Golden Era, and his life as an artist at the age of eighty.


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Bette Davis
David Thomson

BIOGRAPHY DAVIS

Bette Davis was the commanding figure of the great Hollywood stardom, with a drive and energy that put her contemporaries in the shade. She played queens, jezebels, and divas; she could out-talk any male costar; she warred with her studio, Warner Bros.; worked like a demon; got through four husbands; was nominated for seven Oscar; and—no matter what—never gave up fighting. This is her story.


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James Dean
George Perry

BIOGRAPHY DEAN

This official account is a detailed, chronological biography of Dean, fully illustrated with color and black-and-white images from classic movies, family archives, and private collections. Scattered throughout the book are special, self-contained feature pages that explore aspects of his life and times: his passion for cars, his films, America in the 1950s, and the famous black-and white Dennis Stock photographs.


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Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations
Peter Evans, Ava Gardner

BIOGRAPHY GARDNER

A self-portrait of the late film legend’s golden-era Hollywood life traces her impoverished childhood in North Carolina through the heights of her career, sharing details of her relationships with such figures as Mickey Rooney, Frank Sinatra, and George C. Scott.


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High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly
Donald Spoto

BIOGRAPHY GRACE

Documents the life and whirlwind career of the iconic Hollywood actress-turned-European princess, drawing on previously unpublished interviews to discuss her conservative education, Oscar-winning film achievements, and role as a mother to royal children.


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Cary Grant: A Biography
Marc Eliot

BIOGRAPHY GRANT

Exploring Grant’s troubled childhood, ambiguous sexuality, and lifelong insecurities, as well as the magical amalgam of characteristics that allowed him to remain Hollywood’s favorite romantic lead for more than thirty-five years, this book is the definitive examination of every aspect of Grant’s professional and private life, and the first to reveal the man behind the movie star.


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Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn
Donald Spoto

BIOGRAPHY HEPBURN

Her name is synonymous with elegance, style, and grace. Over the course of her extraordinary life and career, Audrey Hepburn captured hearts around the world and created a public image that stands as one of the most recognizable and beloved in recent memory. But despite her international fame and her tireless efforts on behalf of UNICEF, Audrey was also known for her intense privacy. With unprecedented access to studio archives, friends and colleagues who knew and loved Audrey, bestselling author Donald Spoto provides an intimate and moving account of this beautiful, elusive, and talented woman.


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Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century
Sam Kashner,Nancy Schoenberger

BIOGRAPHY KAS

The definitive, larger-than-life account of the greatest Hollywood love story ever—the romance of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.


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Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait
Kendra Bean

BIOGRAPHY LEIGH

Draws on in-depth research and new interviews to present a narrative account of the actress’s life that covers her early childhood in India, her celebrated love affair with Laurence Olivier, and her early death at age fifty-three.


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My Week with Marilyn
Colin Clark

BIOGRAPHY MONROE

In 1956, fresh from Oxford University, twenty-three-year-old Colin Clark began work as a lowly assistant on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl, the film that united Sir Laurence Olivier with Marilyn Monroe. The blonde bombshell and the legendary actor were ill-suited from the start. Monroe, on honeymoon with her new husband, the celebrated playwright Arthur Miller, was insecure, often late, and heavily medicated on pills. Olivier, obsessively punctual, had no patience for Monroe and the production became chaotic. Clark recorded it all in two unforgettable diaries; the first a charming fly-on-the-wall account of life as a gofer on the set; the other a heartfelt, intimate, and astonishing remembrance of the week Clark spent escorting Monroe around England, earning the trust and affection of one of the most desirable women in the world.


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Paul Newman: A Life
Shawn Levy

BIOGRAPHY NEWMAN

Newman was an oddity in Hollywood: the rare box-office titan who cared about the craft of acting, the sexy leading man known for the staying power of his marriage, and the humble celebrity who made philanthropy his calling card long before it was cool.


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Unsinkable: A Memoir
Debbie Reynolds,Dorian Hannaway

BIOGRAPHY REYNOLDS

The film legend and Hollywood icon shares the highs and lows of her life as an actress during Hollywood’s Golden Age, stories from her lifelong friendship with Elizabeth Taylor, and intimate details of her marriages and family life.


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Jimmy Stewart: A Biography
Marc Eliot

BIOGRAPHY STEWART

Jimmy Stewart’s all-American good looks, boyish charm, and deceptively easygoing style of acting made him one of Hollywood’s greatest and most enduring stars. Despite the indelible image he projected of innocence and quiet self-assurance, Stewart’s life was more complex and sophisticated than most of the characters he played. With fresh insight and unprecedented access, bestselling biographer Marc Eliot finally tells the previously untold story of one of our greatest screen and real-life heroes.


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Spencer Tracy: A Biography
James Curtis

BIOGRAPHY 921 TRACY

Spencer Tracy’s image on-screen was that of a self-reliant man whose sense of rectitude toward others was matched by his sense of humor toward himself. Whether he was Father Flanagan of Boys Town, Clarence Darrow of Inherit the Wing, or the crippled war veteran in Bad Day at Black Rock, Tracy was forever seen as a pillar of strength, the sort of regular American guy one could depend on. Now biographer James Curtis gives us the life of this revered actor.


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John Wayne: The Genuine Article
Michael Goldman

BIOGRAPHY WAYNE

Michael Goldman provides readers a rare glimpse into the life of one of the most iconic movie stars of all time through a treasure trove of memorbilia, stories, and interviews.


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Natasha: The Biography of Natalie Wood
Suzanne Finstad

BIOGRAPHY WOOD

Natasha is the haunting story of a vulnerable and talented actress whom many of felt we knew. We watched her mature on the movie screen before our eyes, and she has been hailed as on of the top three female movie stars in the history of film, making her a legend in her own lifetime and beyond. But the story of what Natalie endured, of what her life was like when the doors of the soundstages closed, has long been obscured.


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