Sitting Pretty: The Life and Times of Clifton Webb

Sitting Pretty: The Life and Times of Clifton Webb


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Sitting Pretty: The Life and Times of Clifton Webb by Clifton Webb

The autobiography of one of the top moneymakers in the history of Twentieth Century-Fox

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496807984
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication date: 10/28/2015
Series: Hollywood Legends Series
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 1,180,127
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

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

Filmography 236

Bibliography 239

Index 245

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Sitting Pretty 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
JudithK More than 1 year ago
"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.