Glamour, Gidgets, and the Girl Next Door: Television's Iconic Women from the 50s, 60s, and 70s

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Glamour, Gidgets, and the Girl Next Door is the latest creation from entertainment biographer and pop culture consultant Herbie J Pilato. Based on exclusive celebrity interviews, this book runs the gamut of female television legends, from Donna Douglas (who played Elly May Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies) to the stars of the original Charlie’s Angels. According to Pilato, “There are so many charismatic women who have made their ‘beauty-mark’ in television. I wanted to celebrate their contributions, not only ...

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Overview

Glamour, Gidgets, and the Girl Next Door is the latest creation from entertainment biographer and pop culture consultant Herbie J Pilato. Based on exclusive celebrity interviews, this book runs the gamut of female television legends, from Donna Douglas (who played Elly May Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies) to the stars of the original Charlie’s Angels. According to Pilato, “There are so many charismatic women who have made their ‘beauty-mark’ in television. I wanted to celebrate their contributions, not only with regard to aesthetic appeal but to honor the intelligence, individual wit, and unique talent and style that each of them have contributed to television—and how that great medium in particular was utilized to introduce and showcase so many amazing and wonderful women to the world.” Suffice it to say, for exclusive and key information on TV’s top leading ladies who shattered expectations and paved the way for successive generations, this book is the number one resource and go-to guide.

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Editorial Reviews

David Van Deusen
Fans of classic TV will surely treasure Herbie J Pilato’s insightful new collation of our favorite ‘girls’ from yesteryear. Herbie’s reflections and his collection of rarely seen photos will transport you back to simpler times and wonderful memories of these glamorous ladies.
Treva Silverman
Why is it that so many books written about the entertainment industry aren’t entertaining? Not so with Herbie J Pilato’s Glamour, Gidgets, and the Girl Next Door. He’s clearly enamored with the business and the actresses, and it’s a fun read. This isn’t one of those tell-all books, revealing private secrets that should’ve stayed untold—it’s a positive, fact-filled celebration of these women.
Frank DeCaro
Here are the women that we Baby Boomers wanted to be, date, or go shoe shopping with in mid-century America. What a fabulous shindig Herbie J Pilato has thrown to celebrate these luscious legends! Glamour, Gidgets, and the Girl Next Door is a joy for any TV fan who was there when these classic shows were new, and a must-read for anyone who wasn’t.
Margaret Wendt
This book is a marvelous feast of observations that celebrate the glorious days of Hollywood’s Gidgets and glamorous women that we should never forget. Herbie J Pilato is a brilliant author who preserves Hollywood history in a way that no other author has succeeded in doing.
William Wellman
As soon as I began to read Herbie J Pilato’s Glamour, Gidgets and the Girl Next Door, a wide grin appeared on my face. It never disappeared. This book is a joyous account of the wonderful women from yesteryear’s television. I’m happy to say that I knew and worked with many of them. Anybody who watched their delightful shows appreciated their talent and beauty.
Terry Marks
From Loni Anderson to the Lennon Sisters, Herbie J Pilato’s collection of small screen legends reminds us that America’s pop-culture icons have never fit neatly into one simple mold. Americans have always been drawn to beauty and glamour, but there is more to the timeless subjects of Glamour, Gidgets, and the Girl Next Door, and it is revealed more clearly with each turn of a page.
9/1/14
Pilato (The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery) highlights 45 female television stars from the 1950s through the 1970s, focusing on the archetypal and nubile characters they portrayed. Dividing the actresses into six sections—from Gilligan's Island, Tina Louise (Ginger) is a "Liberated Soul" while Dawn Wells (Mary Ann) is a "Country Girl"—Pilato provides a three- to five-page overview of each actress's life, characters, and TV productions, and closes with a summary of iconic facts. It's impossible to argue with Pilato's picks, and his breadth of knowledge allows him to spotlight lesser-known roles such as Anne Francis's single season as detective Honey West alongside more recognizable "Supersleuths"—Diana Rigg's Mrs. Peel or Barbara Feldon's Agent 99, for example. However, despite the central conceit, this book lacks cohesion and depth. Save for a few recent interviews, the author collates classic works such as Peggy Herz's TV Talk or John Javna's Cult TV. Lastly, the "iconic facts" presented here are chiefly drawn from Wikipedia and the Internet Movie Database, which interested readers will have already explored. VERDICT While Pilato offers a breezy, fun retrospective for nostalgia buffs, there's little here that fans haven't had access to before—either in print or online.—Terry Bosky, Madison, WILibrary Journal Booksmack! LJXpress Prepub School Library Journal Horn Book Guide Horn Book Magazine Junior Library Guild
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Pilato pays tribute to the women who lit up the small screen in such now-classic shows as I Dream of Jeannie, Charlie’s Angels, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. He devotes 5 to 10 pages to each actress, recounting her rise to fame, her experience on the show (or shows) she starred in, and some basic facts about her life. Among the profiled are Sally Field, who rose to fame in two very disparate roles in Gidget and The Flying Nun before going on to movie stardom; Cher, whose variety show launched her singing career; Patty Duke, who charmed viewers as Patty and her look-alike cousin Cathy on The Patty Duke Show but was forbidden to watch the show by her tyrannical managers; and Nichelle Nichols, who made history on the bridge of the Enterprise in Star Trek. With photographs of the leading ladies and plenty of quotes culled from magazines and interviews, Pilato’s guide will be a welcome trip down memory lane for many readers and a terrific resource for all film and television buffs.
Kelly Townsend
This is a great read for anyone who is nostalgic for the simple times of classic television sitcoms or who want to know about the women who led the way for the pioneers of the 21st century.
Newsday
Back in the ʼ60s and ʼ70s, women on TV really knew how to work their magic on viewers, especially those playing witches or genies. Now, television historian Herbie J. Pilato celebrates those small-screen sorceresses, as well as the surfer girls, sweethearts, and superwomen that were the stuff of male baby boomers' fantasies, in the new book Glamour, Gidgets and the Girl Next Door. . . . Pilato has penned breezy profiles of 45 ‘iconic’ actresses, from Gale Storm (My Little Margie) to Mary Tyler Moore, who personified boomer TV in chapters with titles like ‘Teen Angels,’ ‘Country Girls,’ ‘Wonder Women,’ and ‘Liberated Souls.’ Peppered throughout are interviews from many of the women, including Elinor Donahue (Father Knows Best), Adrienne Barbeau (Maude), Diahann Carroll (Julia), and Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman). There's also plenty of trivia. Dawn Wells, for example, played Mrs. Howell in a stage musical of Gilligan's Island. And while it's clear the women enjoyed the spotlight, they also seem humble. ‘It's flattering that anyone would consider me an icon,’ Donahue says in the book, ‘but I don't.’
Cinema Books
Had a crush on a TV star from the 50’s, 60’s or 70’s? This is a new guide to the lovely ladies who headlined television shows of the era. Whether it was Diana Rigg in the Avengers, Goldie Hawn in Laugh-In, or Suzanne Pleshette in The Bob Newhart Show, this is your compendium of lovelies from the past.
Pop Culture Classics
Pilato has authored another book that TV buffs shouldn’t live without - this one a fun look at the women who lit up our screens in the 50s through the 70s. Boys had crushes on them, girls wanted to be like them. Now we can all enjoy this collection of breezy, affectionate profiles. . . .The book is warm and winning nostalgia.
Library Journal
09/01/2014
Pilato (The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery) highlights 45 female television stars from the 1950s through the 1970s, focusing on the archetypal and nubile characters they portrayed. Dividing the actresses into six sections—from Gilligan's Island, Tina Louise (Ginger) is a "Liberated Soul" while Dawn Wells (Mary Ann) is a "Country Girl"—Pilato provides a three- to five-page overview of each actress's life, characters, and TV productions, and closes with a summary of iconic facts. It's impossible to argue with Pilato's picks, and his breadth of knowledge allows him to spotlight lesser-known roles such as Anne Francis's single season as detective Honey West alongside more recognizable "Supersleuths"—Diana Rigg's Mrs. Peel or Barbara Feldon's Agent 99, for example. However, despite the central conceit, this book lacks cohesion and depth. Save for a few recent interviews, the author collates classic works such as Peggy Herz's TV Talk or John Javna's Cult TV. Lastly, the "iconic facts" presented here are chiefly drawn from Wikipedia and the Internet Movie Database, which interested readers will have already explored. VERDICT While Pilato offers a breezy, fun retrospective for nostalgia buffs, there's little here that fans haven't had access to before—either in print or online.—Terry Bosky, Madison, WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589799691
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/9/2014
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 184,018
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Herbie J Pilato is a writer, producer, actor, songwriter, and entertainment executive. The author of several media tie-in books (including NBC & Me, The Bionic Book, Twitch Upon a Star: The Bewitched Life and Career of Elizabeth Montgomery, and many more), Pilato has also produced for the A&E, Bravo, TLC, Syfy, and TV Guide channels, as well as Sony, Warner Bros., NBC Universal, and other television networks and film studios. He now has several TV shows, books, and films in development, and resides in Burbank, California, where he established Television, Ink. (a production company geared toward family entertainment) and The Classic TV Preservation Society (a nonprofit organization that seeks to close the gap between popular culture and education).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2014

    "This book is fun.  Just plain fun.  In addition to that, t

    "This book is fun.  Just plain fun.  In addition to that, the author writes with an uplifting style...about the classic TV women we all grew up with.  And the pictures are just as beautiful as the subjects - and the book itself overall!" 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2014

    Herbie J Pilato Does a wonderful job of transporting us back in

    Herbie J Pilato Does a wonderful job of transporting us back in time once again with Glamour, Gidgets and the Girl Next Door. The photos are well chosen and the profiles and respectful while still including tidbits of information I did not know before. A fun nostalgic revere that happened to jog my memory to some of the more innocent times in my own life. I loved it.  

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  • Posted October 21, 2014

    If you're a baby boomer like me you grew up watching television.

    If you're a baby boomer like me you grew up watching television. It was "the" entertainment media of the day. I grew to love those characters and identify with them. As a young man I was fascinated by the beautiful women that graced the silver screen. 
    What fun it was the read Herbie J Pilato's "Glamour, Gidgets, and the Girl Next Door." It brought back so many wonderful memories for me. These beautiful, delightful, and wholesome women showed the world that they could accomplish so much. Herbie's book was so much fun to read. It took me back to a time when television watching meant having a good time with good folks doing good things. Pure unadulterated joy.BRAVO Mr. Pilato!! And thanks for the memories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2014

    Here's a delightful, fun overview of all the wonderful young lad

    Here's a delightful, fun overview of all the wonderful young ladies who graced our television screens in the 50s, 60s, and 70s.  As the title indicates, there's Glamour (Cher, Julie Newmar, Barbara Bain), Gidgets (Karen Valentine, Marlo Thomas and, of course, Sally Field) and The Girl Next Door (Shelley Fabares, Elinor Donohue, Dawn Wells).  Each featured icon of the television screen is profiled in text, followed by interesting facts, credits and quotes that make this the perfect gift for any classic TV fan or for perusing on the coffee table in front of the set.  There are also several photos, many in color, gracing each chapter.  I found it highly entertaining and filled with nostalgia for a time when television provided a beacon to a brighter world.   

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