Mary Wickes: I Know I've Seen That Face Before

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Moviegoers know her as the housekeeper in White Christmas, the nurse in Now, Voyager, and the crotchety choir director in Sister Act. This book, filled with never-published behind-the-scenes stories from Broadway and Hollywood, chronicles the life of a complicated woman who brought an assortment of unforgettable nurses, nuns, and housekeepers to life on screen and stage.

Wickes (1910-1995) was part of some of the most significant moments in film, television, theatre, and radio ...

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Overview

Moviegoers know her as the housekeeper in White Christmas, the nurse in Now, Voyager, and the crotchety choir director in Sister Act. This book, filled with never-published behind-the-scenes stories from Broadway and Hollywood, chronicles the life of a complicated woman who brought an assortment of unforgettable nurses, nuns, and housekeepers to life on screen and stage.

Wickes (1910-1995) was part of some of the most significant moments in film, television, theatre, and radio history. On that frightening night in 1938 when Orson Welles recorded his earth-shattering "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast, Wickes was waiting on another soundstage for him for a rehearsal of Danton's Death, oblivious to the havoc taking place outside.

When silent film star Gloria Swanson decided to host a live talk show on this new thing called television, Wickes was one of her first guests. When Lucille Ball made one of her first TV appearances, Wickes appeared with her—and became Lucy's closest friend for more than thirty years. Wickes was the original Mary Poppins, long before an umbrella carried Julie Andrews across the rooftops of London. And when Disney began creating 101 Dalmatians, Wickes was asked to pose for animators trying to capture the evil of Cruella De Vil.

The pinched-face actress who cracked wise by day became a confidante to some of the day's biggest stars by night, including Bette Davis and Doris Day. Bolstered by interviews with almost three hundred people, and by private correspondence from Ball, Davis, Day, and others, Mary Wickes: I Know I've Seen That Face Before includes scores of never-before-shared anecdotes about Hollywood and Broadway. In the process, it introduces readers to a complex woman who sustained a remarkable career for sixty years.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604739053
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 6/1/2013
  • Series: Hollywood Legends Series
  • Pages: 370
  • Sales rank: 478,145
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Taravella, Silver Spring, Maryland, and Rome, Italy, is a longtime journalist and communications specialist. He has received eleven writing awards, including the Dag Hammarksjold Award for Human Rights Advocacy in Journalism and the Society of Professional Journalists' Mark of Excellence Award.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    I was looking forward to a book about an actress I have always e

    I was looking forward to a book about an actress I have always enjoyed Mary Wickes. If she were alive I think she would have disliked this book. The author seems to think it important for everyone to know about her lack of a sex life. He could have done that in one page but no it’s throughout the book. It was rather annoying. I enjoyed some of the stories of her friends Like Lucy Ball but I got the feeling that the author looked down on his subject and I just did not enjoy his writing style. It is worth a look for reading about some of her movies and co-stars but I would recommend the library

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  • Posted June 27, 2014

    Worth Reading for Those Who Enjoy Miss Wickes's Performances!

    This is a well-researched biography of a face instantly recognizable to even casual viewers of classic film and television. The quotes from her friends and acquaintances are most enlightening as is the excellent coverage of her stage work and her off-screen friendships.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    I couldn't stop reading this book. Her life was interesting and

    I couldn't stop reading this book. Her life was interesting and her grit admirable. And I have always enjoyed her characters in movies. 

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