The Sexuality, Style and Image of an Entertainment Icon
Author: Monica Storme Gallamore
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The Incomparable Hildegarde (1906–2005) began her career as a pianist in Milwaukee’s silent movie theaters, which led to the Vaudeville stage. By the 1930s, she was singing in the cabarets of Paris and London, rubbing elbows with royalty, White Russians and Josephine Baker. She then became a darling of the New York supper club scene and her name became synonymous with high-class entertainment at venues like the Plaza Hotel’s Persian Room. She started fashion trends, had her own signature Revlon nail and lip color, and was the first to have song hits in the World War II era. This first biography of Hildegarde Sill covers her 70-year career, including her intimate relationship with her manager, Anna Sosenko, and emphasizes her importance in 20th-century American popular culture.
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Actor William Powell is perhaps best known for his roles as charming Nick in The Thin Man films and blustery Clarence Day in Life with Father. As diverse as those characters are, they don't begin to reveal the full scope of talent demonstrated by one of Hollywood's most intelligent leading men. Elegant, witty and dignified, Powell created accessible and human characters in a great variety of roles. His talent was such that Powell has a large and growing fan base 50 years after his last film was released, evidenced by the popularity of DVD rereleases and the frequent appearance of his films on cable television. The focus of this book is Powell’s work in more than 90 films, from the silent era to the age of CinemaScope, woven into the dramatic and touching story of the actor’s life. It begins by leaping into how Powell and actress Myrna Loy were launched to stardom as husband and wife Nick and Nora Charles in The Thin Man. The next chapter sets the stage for the baby Powell’s entry into the world in 1892 and details his childhood and upbringing. Following chapters trace Powell’s journey into the film industry, his early career as a popular villain, and his transition to talkies in the late 1920s aided by his stage training. The book details his work at Warner Bros., which turned him into a leading man, and his years of stardom at MGM. The book describes turning points in Powell’s life—the death of lover Jean Harlow, a 21-month hiatus from films while the actor battled cancer, and a new leap to the top in Life with Father. Concluding chapters detail another flurry of films and the actor’s retirement. A filmography lists Powell’s films from 1922 to 1955, including those believed to be lost.
Experience life in the Old West. Travel to Costa Rica. Find out about life in Tehran before the fall of the Shah. Spanning the world, this eclectic collection of memoirs, travel diaries, love stories, and poems provides an interesting look into a variety of experiences. From the 1800s to the present, the anecdotes in this diverse collection both entertain and educate. Written with clear and distinct voices, the narratives share top gun tales from World War I and II and the Korean War, tell of Old West ranch experiences, and report on a one-of-kind journey in the late 1800s with 900 sheep from New Mexico to Alaska's gold fields. Compiled from a variety of writers by Jeanne Wilkins Wilde, author of Lavinia, the selections provide a unique glimpse into both the past and the present. Many of the writers have since passed away, but through Tell Me About their stories live on.