Kay Francis: A Passionate Life and Career

Kay Francis: A Passionate Life and Career

by Lynn Kear
     
 

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Kay Francis came of age in the Roaring Twenties and relished the era's hedonistic pursuits. Her career as an actress was launched at the same time, and before her death in 1968, she had appeared on many theater stages, in more than 60 films, on radio, in USO tours, as a model, and on television. The tall, stylish actress had a husky voice and dark beauty that was… See more details below

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Kay Francis came of age in the Roaring Twenties and relished the era's hedonistic pursuits. Her career as an actress was launched at the same time, and before her death in 1968, she had appeared on many theater stages, in more than 60 films, on radio, in USO tours, as a model, and on television. The tall, stylish actress had a husky voice and dark beauty that was striking on film. Despite her financial success, relaxed morals, and life as a socialite, the millionaire actress shunned luxuries such as limousines and sprawling estates popular among Hollywood elite.
The actress, who insisted she wanted to be forgotten, left behind scrapbooks, boxes of memorabilia and detailed diaries. These rich resources help provide an exhaustive look at the life of one of Hollywood's most intriguing early stars.
Francis' biography is the heart of this book, beginning with her family background and her upbringing by a vaudevillian actress mother. The story of her extensive career and never-ending romantic pursuits is peppered with comments from the media and her own diaries, and supplemented with ample photographs. A chronology gives dates of theater openings, film releases, marriages, television and radio appearances, births and deaths. A filmography includes complete cast and credit lists.

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Editorial Reviews

Classic Images
recommend[ed]...well written
Femme Fatales
one of the most complete and interesting biographies
The Slide Area
"documents Kay Francis's life and career in considerable detail...fascinating"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786454990
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
01/11/2006
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,136,212
File size:
9 MB

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