This is the inside story of MGM's silver-screen debutantes, as they struggled to reconcile the demands of the studio and the intrusive control of its boss Louis B. Mayer with the luxury and glamour afforded by their Hollywood careers.
"This is one of the best and most intelligent pieces of film-writing and criticism that I have had in my hands for years." - Steve Kaplan, oldies.com Let Me Tell You How I Really Feel: The Uncensored Book Reviews of Classic Images' Laura Wagner, 2001-2010, gathers together the best of Laura's monthly book reviews from Classic Images magazine - uncensored, as they were meant to be read in the first place. Also included is some of the hate mail she has received because of her hard-core, take-no-prisoners approach to reviewing. The much-beloved Laura Wagner's articles have appeared regularly in Classic Images (www.classicimages.com) and Films of the Golden Age (www.filmsofthegoldenage.com) since 1995. She became the book reviewer for Classic Images in 2001. Laura is the co-author of Killer Tomatoes: 15 Tough Film Dames (McFarland) and contributed a short story to the anthology, It's That Time Again 2!: More New Stories of Old-Time Radio (BearManor Media).
An irreverent yet authoritative guide to one of the world's most popular destinations, Kerry Smith's Walt Disney World for Mature Travelers (published in print in 1999) gives visitors the tools to make their own decisions and have the most enjoyable Disney vacation ever. Of the millions of visitors to Walt Disney World each year, more than 15% are 50 or older - a market segment that is booming. This guide is geared to the traveler who measures the success of a vacation by how much he or she enjoys it, not the need to see and do everything. Includes: * Food, lodging, rides and shows at the Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, Disney-MGM Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, and other Disney attractions of interest to adults * Golf, tennis, and other sports at Disney resorts, Universal Studios and other tourist draws in the Orlando, Florida area * Special attention to issues of accessibility, varying levels of appeal to older travelers, layout, and convenience *Advice on approaching the parks differently with or without children and grandchildren **Note: Because this guide was originally published in 1999, some information may be outdated.**
From television producer Jack Gray comes a generational account of finding one’s way at work, at home, and even across the street. There are a lot of unforgettable characters in these pages: a loveable if possibly alcoholic dog; a set of grandparents who crush on Alex Trebek and obsess about death; Golden Girls and blue bloods, anchormen and Supreme Court justices; divas and wags—but the best character of all is the author himself. To read Jack Gray’s musings is to enter the company of a young man of titanic wit and talent. As he observes and echoes the fixations and neuroses of his generation and our times, he will make you squirm, guffaw, and ultimately marvel.
Barbara Stanwyck swore like a sailor, chain smoked and was an alcoholic. And yet, she was one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, indeed, number eleven on the American Film Institute’s 100 Years of Greatest Screen Legends, and appeared in classic films such as Double Indemnity and Meet John Doe.In this fascinating biography, we follow the orphan who, by sheer determination, became a dancer in Hollywood and began her rise to the top. She auditioned for Frank Capra who called her a ‘porcupine’ and had an affair with her but after, made her a star.Barbara’s first marriage was to comic Frank Fay, they adopted a son whom she later abandoned in the most extraordinary way. Her second husband was Robert Taylor, to whom she vowed revenge after their break-up for his affairs with Lana Turner and Ava Gardner. Until the day she died, she collected 15 per cent of his substantial earnings. Yet on her own deathbed, she swore he was by her bedside waiting for her.Full of tragedy, ambition, success and jealousy, Hollywood stars and stories that include new revelations of affairs with both leading actors and actresses, as well as details of her films, this is a must for Barbara fans and film fans alike. Jane Ellen Wayne, who was employed by The National Broadcasting Company for fifteen years, is the author of numerous biographies of Hollywood stars that include Robert Taylor, Lana Turner, Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, Joan Crawford and Marilyn Monroe. Her most recent are The Golden Girls of MGM and The Golden Guys of MGM. She is listed in Who's Who of Women in the World and Contemporary Authors. Ms. Wayne resides in New York City.
During the 1960s, a bushel of B–movies were produced and aimed at the predominantly teenage drive-in movie audience. At first teens couldn’t get enough of the bikini-clad beauties dancing on the beach or being wooed by Elvis Presley, but by 1966 young audiences became more interested in the mini-skirted, go-go boot wearing, independent-minded gals of spy spoofs, hot rod movies and biker flicks. Profiled herein are fifty sexy, young actresses that teenage girls envied and teenage boys desired including Quinn O’Hara, Melody Patterson, Hilarie Thompson, Donna Loren, Pat Priest, Meredith MacRae, Arlene Martel, Cynthia Pepper, and Beverly Washburn. Some like Sue Ane Langdon, Juliet Prowse, Marlyn Mason, and Carole Wells, appeared in major studio productions while others, such as Regina Carrol, Susan Hart, Angelique Pettyjohn and Suzie Kaye were relegated to drive-in movies only. Each biography contains a complete filmography. Some also include the actresses’ candid comments and anecdotes about their films, the people they worked with, and their feelings about acting. A list of web sites that provide further information is also included.
Shanghai, 1937. Pearl and May are two sisters from a bourgeois family. Though their personalities are very different - Pearl is a Dragon sign, strong and stubborn, while May is a true Sheep, adorable and placid - they are inseparable best friends. Both are beautiful, modern and living a carefree life ... until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away the family's wealth, and that in order to repay his debts he must sell the girls as wives to two 'Gold Mountain' men: Americans. As Japanese bombs fall on their beloved city, the two sisters set out on the journey of a lifetime, one that will take them through the villages of southern China, in and out of the clutches of brutal soldiers, and even across the ocean, through the humiliation of an anti-Chinese detention centre to a new, married life in Los Angeles's Chinatown. Here they begin a fresh chapter, despite the racial discrimination and anti-Communist paranoia, because now they have something to strive for: a young, American-born daughter, Joy. Along the way there are terrible sacrifices, impossible choices and one devastating, life-changing secret, but through it all the two heroines of this astounding new novel by Lisa See hold fast to who they are - Shanghai girls.
Mischievous misfits, indiscriminate lovers, closet homosexuals, spoiled scoundrels and handsome legends: 'The Golden Guys of MGM' uncovers the real lives of America's royalty during its heyday. Clark Gable, John Gilbert, Val Johnson, Mickey Rooney, Frank Sinatra and Spencer Tracy were the most admired and beloved actors in the history of Hollywood. Under the watchful eye of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer potentate Louis B Mayer they were pampered and protected, moulded and sculptured, glamorised and perfected. There were no secrets at MGM - who was sleeping with whom was well known to all. Spencer Tracy, John Barrymore and Robert Walker were dedicated alcoholics; Tracy, a married Catholic, had affairs with most of his leading ladies; Clark Gable had too many love affairs to mention, declaring he had 'had every one' of the MGM girls; while Sinatra romanced Lana Turner, Marilyn Maxwell, Marlene Dietrich and Ava Gardner while he was married. The Golden Guys of MGM tells the fascinating inside story of these dazzling silver-screen legends.