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Nurse or Nun: Mary Wickes Cracking Wise

Remember this face or voice? Steve Taravella has written a wonderful new biography of Mary Wickes in Hollywood Legends series I edit for University Press of Mississippi. The book is based on years of research, including many interviews. You can learn about Wickes's friendship with Lucille Ball as well as Wickes's work for Walt Disney. What is your favorites Wickes performance? Or tell me about your favorite character actors and actresses.  Read More 
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Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr: The Most Beautiful Woman in Film

Ruth Barton.  Hedy Lamarr: The Most Beautiful woman in Film.  University Press of Kentucky, 2010.  281p ISBN 9780813126043, $29.95  

Barton's subtitle is no exaggeration.  It pinpoints what movie producers and reviewers remarked about Lamarr (1913-2000) nearly every time they mentioned or wrote about her.  An impeccable researcher, Barton (film, Trinity College Dublin) has written an engaging biography that also serves as a history of Hollywood from the 1930s to the 1950s.  She is especially insightful about Ecstasy (1933), the scandalous film in which Lamarr appeared in the nude, establishing herself as the quintessential sexualized figure of modern cinema for nearly two decades. Read More 

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