The autobiography of one of the top moneymakers in the history of Twentieth Century-Fox
About the Author
Clifton Webb (1889-1966) was a Hollywood star who caused the movie-going public to change its image of a leading man. In a day when leading men were supposed to be strong, virile, and brave, he projected an image of flip, acerbic arrogance. He was able to play everything from a decadent columnist (Laura) to a fertile father (Cheaper by the Dozen and The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker).
David L. Smith is professor emeritus at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Prior to his academic career, he labored a number of years in the Indianapolis television market as a producer/director, production manager, and program manager. He created, wrote, and hosted a weekly thematic movie series entitled When Movies Were Movies, which had a very successful run of ten years. He also has served as executive producer for several nationally syndicated television programs. His writings about the movie industry have been widely published. His first book, Hoosiers in Hollywood, was published in 2006. Visit his website at www.whenmoviesweremovies.com.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Noses Have It 3
Chapter 2 First Vision of a Name in Lights 19
Chapter 3 Art and Opera 31
Chapter 4 Making Progress and Moving Up 42
Chapter 5 Dancing into xanadu 55
Chapter 6 To Europe in Search of Adventure 74
Chapter 7 In Love with Jeanne Eagels 83
Chapter 8 Great Plays, Then the Great War 103
Chapter 9 The War Starts, Blithe Spirit Leads to Laura 130
Chapter 10 More Movies, More Parties, and Garbo 157
Chapter 11 A Top Box-Office Draw 184
Chapter 12 Stars and Stripes Forever 206
Chapter 13 Clifton and Mabelle, Together Forever 223
Stage Appearances 232
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book kept me interested until the end. Clifton webb was a great talent who enjoyed great success through hard work and natural networking skills. An interesting man who led a very full life. Great insights about hollywood and the east coast theatre world.
"Sitting Pretty" contains Clifton Webb's not-quite-finished autobiography. I wish he had completed it, but it was not to be. As he seemed to know everyone, his memories are quite fascinating. If you are interested in Mr. Webb's artistry, or stories about Broadway or motion picture history, you will enjoy this book.