Bringing Up Oscar

Bringing Up Oscar

by Debra Ann Pawlak
Bringing Up Oscar

Bringing Up Oscar

by Debra Ann Pawlak

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Overview

The untold story of the innovative pioneers who helped make movies the preeminent art form of the twentieth century.

The founders of the now infamous Academy were a motley crew as individuals, but when they first converged in Hollywood, then just a small town with dirt roads, sparks flew and fueled a common dream: to bring artistic validity to their beloved new medium.

Who were these movers and shakers who would change movies forever? And what about Oscar, their famous son? He is fast approaching his hundredth birthday and is still the undisputed king of Hollywood. Yet with such dynamic parents, what else could we expect?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605982168
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 01/12/2012
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: eBook
Pages: 336
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Debra Ann Pawlak has spent over ten years writing about Hollywood history and is a frequent contributor to The Mediadrome. She is the author of Farmington and Farmington Hills, for Arcadia’s “Making of America” series, and has written a screenplay about Clara Bow. She lives in southeastern Michigan.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface xiii

Part 1 You Oughta Be in Pictures! 1

Chapter 1 The Flickers 3

Chapter 2 Welcome to Hollywood! 14

Chapter 3 Team Biograph 27

Chapter 4 The Scribes 39

Chapter 5 The Silent Types 52

Chapter 6 The Idols 64

Chapter 7 Calling the Shots 75

Chapter 8 How Did They Do That? 91

Chapter 9 Head of the House 103

Chapter 10 The Guardians 121

Part 2 You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet! 133

Chapter 11 On Top of the Mountain 135

Chapter 12 Lions and Tigers and Brothers, Oh My! 148

Chapter 13 The Lunatics 160

Chapter 14 In The Zoo 173

Chapter 15 The Rest of 'Em 187

Chapter 16 The Gang's All Here 200

Chapter 17 Let's Go On With the Show! 218

Part 3 Baby, Take a Bow! 225

Chapter 18 Scholars, Tough Guys and Bishops 227

Chapter 19 Three Men and a Lady 243

Chapter 20 Mad Hatters, Macho Men and Mexican Divorces 256

Chapter 21 Businessmen, Artists and Mediators 270

Chapter 22 Mogul to Mogul 281

Chapter 23 Ancient Slaves, Bad Facelifts and Broken Towel Bars 297

Chapter 24 Pretzels, Lawyers and Potentates 315

Chapter 25 Last Founders Standing 330

That's a Wrap! 347

Sources 349

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