Also Starring... Forty Biographical Essays on the Greatest Character Actors of Hollywood's Golden Era, 1930-1965

Also Starring... Forty Biographical Essays on the Greatest Character Actors of Hollywood's Golden Era, 1930-1965

by Cynthia Brideson, Sara Brideson

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Overview

You know Billie Burke was the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz, but did you know that she had a small zoo in her backyard that included a baby elephant and two lion cubs? You know Claude Rains as the suave Louie in Casablanca, but did you know he began life with a debilitating speech impediment? You know S. Z. "Cuddles" Sakall as Felix the jolly cook in Christmas in Connecticut, but did you know he fled Germany after Hitler personally attacked one of his films?

In this book, readers will discover the unknown stories of Hollywood's greatest character actors and meet the men and women behind the characters they played onscreen. Through the use of rare interviews and articles from dozens of archives and autobiographical excerpts, this book provides an inside look into these supporting stars' stories and shows how typecasting in such roles as flibbertigibbet matrons, wisecracking dames, or eccentric butlers could be a blessing and a curse in their personal and professional lives.
The book includes favorites, such as Thelma Ritter, Eve Arden, and Charles Coburn as well as stars who beame character actors in later life, such as Joan Blondell, Shelley Winters, and Claude Rains. Also meet lesser-known actors, who nonetheless have familiar faces, such as Roland Young (Topper), Elsa Lanchester (The Bride of Frankenstein), and 1940s deadpan singer Virginia O'Brien.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593932961
Publisher: BearManor Media
Publication date: 10/01/2012
Pages: 492
Sales rank: 447,319
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.99(d)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 You won't regret investing in this wonderful book! It is full of photos (over 80!) and the writing style is so readable and interesting, that anyone from the average classic film lover to the highest in academia will come away enriched by reading this book.  The forty character actors are all well-loved faces and come alive in this book. Find out who was naughty and who was nice, who was suicidal, who was a good parent and who a bad one-- plus many more fun, inspirational and edifying facts.! This is a gem of a book-- read it soon!