By Alan Cumming
By Alan Cumming
By Bernth Lindfors
Bernth Lindfors, professor emeritus of English and African Literatures, collage of Texas at Austin, is the writer of Ira Aldridge: The Early Years, 1807-1833 and Ira Aldridge: The Vagabond Years, 1833-1852, either released by means of the college of Rochester Press in 2011.
By Arnold Scaasi
Arnold Scaasi has been dressing legends for nearly 5 a long time. His enduring tenure as one of many world's foremost type designers and tastemakers has afforded him great shops of insider wisdom and firsthand views on an array of illustrious personalities who -- of their disparate arenas of high-wattage famous person and impression -- have outlined our modern notions of woman energy and glamour. the following, for the 1st time, Scaasi invitations readers into his glittering A-list realm as he recounts his intimate reports and interactions with larger-than-life lady icons who made their mark in spheres as diversified as politics, Hollywood, the tune undefined, and excessive society.
Scaasi devotes every one bankruptcy to a particular lady or to a gaggle of girls, together with "Broadway Girls," "New York Girls," and "Hollywood Girls." He stocks dozens of behind-closed-doors anecdotes exploring what makes those ladies tick. In candid prose, he remembers what they stated and the way they acted, and most crucial, deals prepared observations of who they are surely beneath his creations. utilizing a privileged entrée into their deepest and public lives, Scaasi takes the degree in their influence at the international at large.
Here, readers will detect: Joan Crawford's fetish for cleanliness; the striking Barbra Streisand's well-known Oscar evening outfit and her obsession with perfection; Mamie Eisenhower's staunch refusal to put on a bra; the bountiful charms of Joan Sutherland, the opera legend; Mary Tyler Moore's and Sophia Loren's designated glamour; Rose Kennedy's prediction of a destiny lady president; Aretha Franklin's worry of flying; Scaasi's visits to the White condo to his buddy and customer Barbara Bush; his confrontations with Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe; and masses more!
Scaasi attire purely girls he certainly likes, so his stories are by no means mean-spirited. in its place they highlight the designer's awesome interactions and infrequently poignant perceptions of Eleanor Roosevelt, Joan Rivers, Louise Nevelson, Natalie wooden, Hillary Clinton, and so on. The ebook is full of pictures from the author's own scrapbooks and fond memories of a few of the world's most pretty, comprehensive, and strong girls.
Women i've got Dressed (and Undressed!) is a trove of impossible to resist insider dish and a young, funny memoir of the main influential ladies of our time.
By Carl Rollyson
In American pop culture, Marilyn Monroe(19261962) has advanced in stature from motion picture megastar to American icon. Monroe�s personal realizing of her position within the American mind's eye and her attempt to ideal her expertise as an actress are explored with nice sensitivity in Carl Rollyson�s attractive narrative. He exhibits how videos grew to become the most important occasions within the shaping of Monroe�s id. He regards her enduring presents as an inventive artist, discussing how her smaller roles in The Asphalt Jungle and All approximately Eve proven the context for her occupation, whereas indepth chapters on her extra vital roles in Bus cease, a few love it Hot, and The Misfits give you the centerpiece of his exam of her lifestyles and occupation.
Through huge interviews with a lot of Monroe�s colleagues, shut acquaintances, and different biographers, and a cautious rethinking of the literature written approximately her, Rollyson is ready to describe her use of approach performing and her stories with Michael Chekhov and Lee Strasberg, head of the Actors� Studio in big apple. the writer additionally analyzes numerous of Monroe�s personal drawings, diary notes, and letters that experience lately turn into to be had. With over thirty black and white photos (some released for the 1st time), a brand new foreword, and a brand new afterword, this quantity brings Rollyson�s 1986 publication modern.
From this complete, but significantly measured wealth of fabric, Rollyson bargains a particular and insightful portrait of Marilyn Monroe, highlighted by way of new views that depict the imperative value of performing to the genuine points of her being.
By Charity Tillemann-Dick
Charity Tillemann-Dick used to be a vivacious younger American soprano learning on the celebrated Franz Liszt Academy of tune in Budapest whilst she got devastating information: her lungs have been failing, her middle was once 3 and a part sizes too immense, and he or she might die inside 5 years. Inexplicably, regardless of her deadly pulmonary situation, she might nonetheless sing. health workers steered Charity to desert her musical desires, but when her time was once operating out, she desired to spend it doing what she loved.
in precisely 3 years, she persevered double lung transplants. Teetering among lifestyles and dying, she slowly realized to respire, stroll, speak, consume, and sing back. With new lungs and fierce choice, she ultimately fell in love, rebuilt her occupation, and reclaimed her lifestyles. Over a decade after her analysis, she has a chart-topping album, plays world wide, and is a number one voice for organ donation.
Weaving Charity’s impressive story of triumph with these of opera's maximum heroines, The Encore illuminates the indomitable human spirit. it is the tale of confronting devastating demanding situations with love: the intimate love of a mom for her daughter, a guy for a girl, a physician for her craft, and a singer for her track. finally, grace from God and strangers enabled the paintings of affection to save lots of one younger woman's breath and allowed her to reclaim her life.
By David Manners,David Morgan Jones
But David used to be even more than flickering photographs at the Silver monitor. David walked clear of the celebrity and riches of Hollywood to discover his knowing of the character of God and the universe.
In the Mojave wasteland, at Yucca Loma ranch, he came across peace from the Hollywood photo computing device. He wrote novels and studied spiritual and metaphysical writings from the East and West. abandoning his upbringing within the Anglican and Episcopal church buildings, he mixed parts of recent proposal (Unity, spiritual technological know-how, and Christian technological know-how) with Zen, Taoism, and Buddhism.
From 1978 to 1993, David stored journals of his day-by-day meditations approximately God and dwelling in joy-as lifestyles is intended to be. the sweetness inside of You offers excerpts from those journals and his newsletters.
Edited and with a biographical advent via David Morgan Jones, the knowledge of the sweetness inside You is able to be chanced on and experienced.
Scott O'Brien, writer of "Kay Francis - i cannot Wait to Be Forgotten," stated: "I chanced on the wisdoms of Manners' pen to be a superb catalyst for 'being current' with what's. What Manners stocks listed here are the pearls and gem stones of knowledge that actually make a distinction. David Morgan Jones has performed a very good task of choosing fabric from Manners' journals, and is to be counseled for buying this crucial paintings released. hugely recommended."
Shirley Roe, of Allbooks overview, acknowledged: "Thought frightening, severe proclamations of a really enlightened man or woman make this a ask yourself stuffed learn for seekers of fact. The ebook is pleasantly awarded and good laid out. The writing is specialist and above reproach. a real literary jewel, this ebook is very recommended."
By Neal Gabler
By Lewis Hopson,Bonita Bell
By Adrienne L. McLean,Christine Becker,James Castonguay,Corey Creekmur,Mary Desjardins,Alexander Doty,Lucy Fischer,Kathryn Fuller-Seeley,Ina Rae Hark,Adam Knee,Allen Larson,David Lugowski,Susan Ohmer
Stardom is approached as an impression of, and effect on, the actual old and commercial contexts that enabled those actors and actresses to be stumbled on, featured in motion pictures, publicized, and to develop into well-known and admired-sometimes even notorious-parts of the cultural panorama. utilizing archival and well known fabric, together with fan and mass industry magazines, different promotional and exposure fabric, and naturally motion pictures themselves, individuals additionally talk about different artists who have been quite renowned on the time, between them Ann Harding, Ruth Chatterton, Nancy Carroll, Kay Francis, and Constance Bennett.
By James Naremore