Glamour, Gidgets, and the Girl Next Door: Television's Iconic Women from the 50s, 60s, and 70sby Herbie J Pilato
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.
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 televisionand 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.
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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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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"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!"
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.
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.
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.