Women of Warner Brothers: The Lives and Careers of 15 Leading Ladies, with Filmographies for Each

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The lives and careers of Warner Brothers' screen legends Joan Blondell, Nancy Coleman, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Glenda Farrell, Kay Francis, Ruby Keeler, Andrea King, Priscilla Lane, Joan Leslie, Ida Lupino, Eleanor Parker, Ann Sheridan, Alexis Smith, and Jane Wyman are the topic of this book. Some achieved great success in film and other areas of show business, but others failed to get the breaks or became victims of the studio system's sometimes unpleasant brand of politics. The personal and ...
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The Women of Warner Brothers: The Lives and Careers of 15 Leading Ladies, with Filmographies for Each

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The lives and careers of Warner Brothers' screen legends Joan Blondell, Nancy Coleman, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Glenda Farrell, Kay Francis, Ruby Keeler, Andrea King, Priscilla Lane, Joan Leslie, Ida Lupino, Eleanor Parker, Ann Sheridan, Alexis Smith, and Jane Wyman are the topic of this book. Some achieved great success in film and other areas of show business, but others failed to get the breaks or became victims of the studio system's sometimes unpleasant brand of politics. The personal and professional obstacles that each actress encountered are here set out in detail, often with comments from the actresses who granted interviews with the author and from those people who knew them best on and off the movie set. A filmography is included for each of the fifteen.

Author Biography: Freelance writer Daniel Bubbeo is a classic film scholar who currently works on the editorial staff of Newsday. He lives in East Meadow, New York.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786411375
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/15/2001
  • Pages: 279
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Freelance writer Daniel Bubbeo is a classic film scholar who currently works on the editorial staff of Newsday. He lives in East Meadow, New York.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Joan Blondell: "A Studio Dame" 3
Nancy Coleman: "The Fragile Heroine" 19
Bette Davis: "The Fourth Warner Brother" 31
Olivia de Havilland: "The Perfect Lady" 54
Glenda Farrell: "The Gimme Girl" 74
Kay Francis: "Trouble in Paradise" 86
Ruby Keeler: "Those Dancing Feet" 102
Andrea King: "The Femme Fatale" 116
Priscilla Lane: "Warners' Blonde Sweetheart" 130
Joan Leslie: "The Girl Next Door" 141
Ida Lupino: "Mum" 155
Eleanor Parker: "Woman of a Thousand Faces" 175
Ann Sheridan: "The Oomph Girl" 191
Alexis Smith: "The Ice Princess" 211
Jane Wyman: "The Late Bloomer" 228
Bibliography 247
Index 249
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2002

    Well-written and well-researched book on WB classic actresses

    The book is well-written and well-researched. It presents entertaining chapters on 15 leading WB actresses from the 30s and 40s. I learned about stars I was previously not familiar with like Nancy Coleman. The book presents interesting information not previously published about many of these stars. I would have liked to see the chapters on each actress be somewhat longer. Some of the more interesting aspects of the actresses' lives could have been more fully developed, especially their private lives as opposed to their film careers. Instead, 'snippets' are presented in many cases. I would have liked to see more about the lives of the stars in their later years. However, I understand that the publisher limited the length of the book.

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