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

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

by Steve Taravella


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Mary Wickes: I Know I've Seen That Face Before by Steve Taravella

The full story of one of Hollywood's most accomplished character actresses

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496807854
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication date: 02/19/2016
Series: Hollywood Legends Series
Pages: 392
Sales rank: 556,479
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.30(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

1 Pardon Me Lady, But Did You Drop a Fish? 3

2 From Stockbridge to the Mercury Theatre 26

3 On Stage and On Air 49

4 Anatomy Is Destiny 71

5 Miss Bedpan 83

6 Los Angeles, Mother in Tow 97

7 Lucille Ball's Best Friend 108

8 Cookies and Milk with Mother 134

9 She Kept It to Herself 146

10 Mary's Secret Cousin 159

11 "Not an Ounce" of Romance 169

12 Nurses, Nuns, and Housekeepers 193

13 When Acting Is Everything… 221

14 Becoming the Characters She Played 243

15 Success Returns 256

16 Physical Deterioration 278

17 Fade Out 285

The Roles of Mary Wickes 300

Notes 316

Index 358

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Mary Wickes: I Know I've Seen That Face Before 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
forsyte More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't stop reading this book. Her life was interesting and her grit admirable. And I have always enjoyed her characters in movies.