New titles from others and research in progress

A new biography of Gloria Swanson in the Hollywood Legends Series

September 7, 2013

Tags: Swanson, Joseph Kennedy, Billy Wilder, Erich von Stroheim

Tricia Welsch's new biography, published by University Press of Mississippi for the Hollywood Legends series I edit, is a wonderful new addition to Hollywood history. My introduction to Swanson came through Sunset Boulevard. To see her say to Mr. DeMille that she is ready for her closeup is unforgettable. Strange, or perhaps not so strange for Hollywood, that this "comeback" role led to no comeback for Swanson. But she was such a resilient and original figure, it is hard to feel much sadness. The affair with Joseph Kennedy, the interplay between her and Erich von Stroheim, and the inimitable direction of Billy Wilder--what more could you ask for? What is your favorite Swanson role?

Audrey Hepburn Biographies

August 18, 2012

Tags: Audrey Hepburn, Donald Spoto, Barry Parris, Alexander Walker, Diana Maychick, Jeffrey Meyers, Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, "Sabrina, " William Holden, Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, Marc Eliot, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner

"Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn" (Harmony, 352 pages, $25.95) enters a crowded field. Barry Paris's encyclopedic "Audrey Hepburn" appeared in 1996, Alexander Walker's astute "Audrey" in 1994, and Diana Maychick's chatty "intimate portrait" in 1993 — just to mention Donald Spoto's immediate predecessors. At this point, the impatient reviewer is supposed to complain, "Do we really need another biography "of Audrey Hepburn? (more…)