Extraordinary People in the Movies

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Do you know what a gaffer is? Or a dolly grip? Are you familiar with what a loader does? Who was a millionaire by eighteen and broke by twenty? Who was the first African American to win an Academy Award? If you are curious to know the answers to these questions and many others regarding the movie making industry, then this is the book for you. Filled with biographical information about some of the most inventive, creative, innovative and influential figures in the movie industry, this is a wonderful introductory textbook for young adults. Readers learn chronologically about many of the most memorable actresses, actors, directors, producers, writers and filmmakers of our time. Beginning with Charlie Chaplin, who grew up in an English orphanage and went on to be a star of the silent movies, we learn that not only was he talented on screen but off screen as well. In addition to acting he wrote, directed and produced his own films. The text continues on to reveal interesting facts and trivia about well known people such as Walt Disney, Hattie McDaniel, Katherine Hepburn, Marlon Brando, Sidney Poitier, Audrey Hepburn Dustin Hoffman, Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise, and Halle Berry. While the number of individuals covered in these pages is impressive, it is by no means comprehensive. Along with the individuals spotlightedhere, the author also includes chapters such as Evolution of the Motion Picture, Lights! Camera! Action!: Directors, and Can Oscar Become Color Blind?, which provide behind-the-scenes information and address other important issues surrounding the industry. As a classroom teacher, I suggest this book as a springboard to other research topics. These might include thelives of others in the industry, the work that goes on behind the scenes, the effect the advancement in technology has had on moviemaking and some of the more controversial issues surrounding the industry today. 2003, Children's Press,
— Cara Mulcahy <%ISBN%>0516223488
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-Brief entries containing basic biographical information along with major achievements are presented for more than 50 of Hollywood's greats from Charlie Chaplin to Drew Barrymore. A few articles on related industry topics are also included. Black-and-white photos illustrate the book. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780516278575
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Series: Extraordinary People Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Age range: 11 years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Charlie Chaplin 1889-1977 - Silent Film Star 9
Mary Pickford 1892-1979 - Silent Film Star and "America's Sweetheart" 14
Hattie McDaniel 1895-1952 - First African American Oscar Winner 18
Humphrey Bogart 1899-1957 - Award-Winning Actor Best Known for Role in Casablanca 22
Alfred Hitchcock 1899-1980 - Director and "Master of Suspense" 26
Walt Disney 1901-1966 - Creator of Mickey Mouse and Disney Theme Parks 31
Evolution of the Motion Picture 36
Clark Gable 1901-1960 - Romantic and Popular Film Star Known for Role in Gone With the Wind 41
Henry Fonda 1905-1982 - Actor Known for Diverse Film Roles 46
Greta Garbo 1905-1990 - One of Hollywood's Most Private Film Stars 50
Katharine Hepburn 1907- "Number One Actress of All Time" 54
Laurence Olivier 1907-1989 - Greatest English-Speaking Actor of the Twentieth Century 58
Bette Davis 1908-1989 - First Lady of the American Screen 62
Jimmy Stewart 1908-1997 - One of America's Best-Loved Actors 66
Ingrid Bergman 1915-1982 - Costar of Oscar-Winning Film Casablanca 70
Lauren Bacall 1924- Award-Winning Actress and Wife of Humphrey Bogart 74
Marlon Brando 1924- "Tough-Guy" Actor Best Known for His Performance in The Godfather 78
Grandeur on the Big Screen 82
Paul Newman 1925- Legendary Actor, Entrepreneur, Activist, and Humanitarian 87
Peter Sellers 1925-1977 - One of the World's Greatest Comedic Actors 92
Marilyn Monroe 1926-1962 - Film Star and American Icon 97
Sidney Poitier 1927- Influential Figure in American Film 101
Audrey Hepburn 1929-1993 - Actress and Humanitarian 105
Grace Kelly 1929-1982 - Fairy-Tale Life of Actress-Turned-Princess 110
Sean Connery 1930- First Actor to Portray Spy-Hero James Bond 114
Elizabeth Taylor 1932- English-Born Actress and AIDS Activist 118
Shirley MacLaine 1934- Award-Winning Actress/Dancer and Author of Best-Seller Out on a Limb 122
Julie Andrews 1935- Award-Winning Stage and Screen Star 127
Dustin Hoffman 1937- Award-Winning Leading Man of Hollywood 132
Jack Nicholson 1937- One of America's Finest and Most Unusual Actors 136
Robert Redford 1937- Actor, Director, Creator of Sundance Film Festival 140
"Lights! Camera! Action!": Directors 144
Al Pacino 1940- Multi-Award-Winning Actor of Stage and Screen 150
Harrison Ford 1942- Successful Actor and Star of the Star Wars Trilogy 154
Barbra Streisand 1942- Award-Winning "Actress Who Sings" 159
Robert De Niro 1943- Regarded as One of the Greatest Actors in Modern Film 163
Cher 1946- Multitalented Singer and Actress 167
Sally Field 1946- Actress Who Rose from TV Stardom to Major Motion Pictures 172
Steven Spielberg 1946- Influential Director and Producer 176
Glenn Close 1947- Respected Stage and Screen Actress 181
Meryl Streep 1949- Acclaimed Actress of Stage and Screen 185
Robin Williams 1952- The "Tasmanian Devil of Comedy" 190
Jackie Chan 1954- International Martial Arts Film Star 194
John Travolta 1954- Acclaimed Actor of His Generation 198
Denzel Washington 1954- Recipient of the 2002 Oscar for Best Actor 202
Can Oscar Become Color-Blind? 207
Whoopi Goldberg 1955- Multi-Award-Winning Actress and Humanitarian 212
Bruce Willis 1955- Regular Guy Turned Actor 216
Tom Hanks 1956- Versatile Actor and Director 220
Spike Lee 1957- Influential African American Director 224
Tom Cruise 1962- Acclaimed Modern-Day Actor 228
Jodie Foster 1962- Multitalented Actor, Producer, and Director 232
Julia Roberts 1967- One of the Most Beloved Actresses in Hollywood 237
Halle Berry 1968- First African American Woman to Win the Best Actress Oscar 241
Will Smith 1968- Rapper and Actor 245
Gwyneth Paltrow 1972- Highly Acclaimed Award-Winning Actress 249
Drew Barrymore 1975- Former Child Star and Current Day Popular Film Actress 253
"Quiet on the Set" 257
Mentionables 263
Organizations and Online Sites 274
For Further Reading 276
Index 278
About the Author 288
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