The Early Years 1903 – Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams – 1940

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Back Bay Books #ad - From bing crosby's early days in college minstrel shows and vaudeville, to his first hit recordings, from his 11 year triumph as star of America's most popular radio show, to his first success in Hollywood, Gary Giddins provides a detailed study of the rise of this American star.

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Bing Crosby: Swinging on a Star: The War Years, 1940-1946

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Little, Brown and Company #ad - The best thing to happen to bing crosby since Bob Hope, " WSJ Gary Giddins presents the second volume of his masterful multi-part biography. Set against the backdrop of a europe on the brink of collapse, this groundbreaking work traces Crosby's skyrocketing career as he fully inhabits a new era of American entertainment and culture.

But he was more than just a charismatic crooner: Bing Crosby redefined the very foundations of modern music, from the way it was recorded to the way it was orchestrated and performed. In this much-anticipated follow-up to the universally acclaimed first volume, NBCC Winner and preeminent cultural critic Gary Giddins now focuses on Crosby's most memorable period, the war years and the origin story of White Christmas.

Bing Crosby: Swinging on a Star: The War Years, 1940-1946 #ad - While he would go on to reshape both popular music and cinema more comprehensively than any other artist, Crosby's legacy would be forever intertwined with his impact on the home front, a unifying voice for a nation at war. Over a decade in the making and drawing on hundreds of interviews and unprecedented access to numerous archives, Giddins brings Bing Crosby, his work, and his world to vivid life -- firmly reclaiming Crosby's central role in American cultural history.

From the dizzy era of prohibition through the dark days of the Second World War, he was a desperate nation's most beloved entertainer. Bing crosby dominated American popular culture in a way that few artists ever have.

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The Brothers Mankiewicz: Hope, Heartbreak, and Hollywood Classics Hollywood Legends Series

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University Press of Mississippi #ad - 1897–1953 and Joseph L. Kaufman, never reconciled himself to screenwriting. With orson welles, herman wrote the screenplay for Citizen Kane and shared the picture’s only Academy Award. Herman, new york times and new yorker theater critic, formerly an Algonquin Round Table habitué, and playwright-collaborator with George S.

For this first dual portrait of the mankiewicz brothers, work, Sydney Ladensohn Stern draws on interviews, loves, diaries, letters, and other documents still in private hands to provide a uniquely intimate behind-the-scenes chronicle of the lives, and relationship between these complex men. He gambled away his prodigious earnings, was fired from all the major studios, and drank himself to death at fifty-five.

While herman drifted downward, judy garland, though his constant philandering with prominent stars like Joan Crawford, and director, producer, Joe rose to become a critical and financial success as a writer, and Gene Tierney distressed his emotionally fragile wife who eventually committed suicide. Herman J.

The Brothers Mankiewicz: Hope, Heartbreak, and Hollywood Classics Hollywood Legends Series #ad - Mankiewicz 1909–1993 wrote, produced, and directed over 150 pictures. He wrecked his own health using uppers and downers in order to direct Cleopatra by day and finish writing it at night, only to be very publicly fired by Darryl F. Joe earned the second pair of his four Oscars for writing and directing All About Eve, which also won Best Picture.

Zanuck, an experience from which he never fully recovered. Despite triumphs as diverse as monkey business and cleopatra, the witty, and Pride of the Yankees and Guys and Dolls, intellectual brothers spent their Hollywood years deeply discontented and yearning for what they did not have—a career in New York theater.

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Satchmo: The Genius of Louis Armstrong

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Da Capo Press #ad - Gary giddins has been called "the best jazz writer in America today" Esquire. Louis armstrong has been called the most influential jazz musician of the century. Together this auspicious pairing has resulted in Satchmo, one of the most vivid and fascinating portraits ever drawn of perhaps the greatest figure in the history of American music.

Available now at a new price, this text-only edition is the authoritative introduction to Armstrong's life and art for the curious newcomer, and offers fresh insight even for the serious student of Pops.

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18 Holes with Bing: Golf, Life, and Lessons from Dad

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Dey Street Books #ad - With a foreword by Jack Nicklaus. Bing crosby was a great ambassador for our game, as well as a great man, ” hails longtime friend and golf partner, Jack Nicklaus. The beloved singer and star was also an extraordinary teacher who instilled an abiding passion and mastery of the game in his youngest son, Nathaniel.

In this love letter to his father, former professional golfer Nathaniel Crosby shares memories of Bing Crosby on the golf course, and the lessons he taught him about the game and about life. At the book’s heart is an intimate account of a father and a son—how a mutual love of golf formed an exceptional emotional bond.

18 Holes with Bing: Golf, Life, and Lessons from Dad #ad - Full of anecdotes, 18 holes with bing honors this celebrated golfer, and recollections of Bing’s time on the course, vignettes, and the constant encouragement he showed his son, the tournaments he created and later sponsored, and father, entertainer, and illuminates his life as never before. Nathaniel shares exclusive stories about this american icon golfing, and champions of the green, and playing with some of the most famous people in history—royalty, titans of industry, Dwight Eisenhower, including Bob Hope, working, Jack Nicklaus, stars of stage and screen, Ben Hogan, and Louis Armstrong.

Winning the us amateur at nineteen, Nathaniel went on to compete in high-level professional tournaments for his entire life. In 18 holes with bing, nathaniel introduces us to the Bing Crosby he and his family knew—not the beloved singer who played golf, but a golfer who sang to pay his country club dues.

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Sinatra! The Song Is You: A Singer's Art

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Chicago Review Press #ad - Now completely revised and updated, and including an authoritative discography and rare photos of recording sessions and performances, Sinatra! The Song Is You is an invaluable resource for enthusiasts and an unparalleled guide through Sinatra's vast musical legacy. Will friedwald examines and evaluates all the classic and less familiar songs with the same astute, witty perceptions that earned him acclaim for his other books about jazz and pop singing.

Frank sinatra was the greatest entertainer of his age, invigorating American popular song with innovative phrasing and a mastery of drama and emotion. Drawing upon interviews with hundreds of his collaborators as well as with "The Voice" himself, critiques, this book chronicles, and celebrates his five-decade career.

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As Thousands Cheer: The Life Of Irving Berlin

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Da Capo Press #ad - From his immigrant beginnings through tin pan alley, and hollywood to his reclusive and bitter final years, this definitive biography reveals the man who wrote 1500 songs but could never quash the fear that, Broadway, for all his success, he wasn't quite good enough. Irving berlin 1888–1989 was unable to read or write music and could only play the piano in the key of f-sharp major; yet, composing such hits as "alexander's Ragtime Band, " "There's No Business Like Show Business, " "Puttin' on the Ritz, " "Cheek to Cheek, " "Let's Face the Music and Dance, for the first half of the twentieth century he was America's most successful and most representative songwriter, " "Anything You Can Do, " "White Christmas, " and "God Bless America.

As thousands Cheer, winner of the Ralph J. Gleason music book award, explores with precision and sensitivity Berlin's long, prolific career; his self-doubt and late-blooming misanthropy; and the tyrannical control he exerted over his legacy of song.

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All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson

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Harper #ad - The disclosure that such a revered public figure had contracted the illness focused worldwide attention on the epidemic. Drawing on more than 100 interviews with co-stars, family members and former companions, All That Heaven Allows finally delivers a complete and nuanced portrait of one of the most fascinating stars in cinema history.

Author mark griffin provides new details concerning Hudson’s troubled relationships with wife Phyllis Gates and boyfriend Marc Christian. In a more conservative era, Hudson’s wholesome, straight arrow screen image was at odds with his closeted homosexuality. As a result of his gay relationships and clandestine affairs, Hudson was continually threatened with public exposure, not only by scandal sheets like Confidential but by a number of his own partners.

The embodiment of romantic masculinity in American film throughout the ‘50s and ‘60s, Hudson reigned supreme as the king of Hollywood. As an oscar-nominated leading man, Hudson won acclaim for his performances in glossy melodramas Magnificent Obsession, western epics Giant and blockbuster bedroom farces Pillow Talk.

All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson #ad - Growing up poor in winnetka, abused by an alcoholic stepfather, Illinois, Hudson was abandoned by his biological father, and controlled by his domineering mother. Despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Hudson was determined to become an actor at all costs. In the ‘70s and ‘80s, hudson successfully transitioned to television; his long-running series McMillan & Wife and a recurring role on Dynasty introduced him to a whole new generation of fans.

The icon worshipped by moviegoers and beloved by his colleagues appeared to have it all.

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American Legends: The Life of Bing Crosby

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Charles River Editors #ad - Includes pictures. Includes crosby's quotes about his life and career. Includes a bibliography for further reading. Includes a table of contents. I think popular music in this country is one of the few things in the twentieth century that have made giant strides in reverse. Bing crosbya lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history’s most influential figures, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of America’s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors’ American Legends series, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.

Mary’s, he became one of just 4 people nominated for two Oscars for playing the same role. His road to… movie series with bob hope produced some of the best-selling movies of the 1940s, and 1960s, 1950s, and he won an Oscar for Best Actor in Going My Way 1944 by playing Father Chuck O’Malley. American legends: the life of bing Crosby examines the life and career of one of America’s greatest and most versatile entertainers.

American Legends: The Life of Bing Crosby #ad - When he was nominated for the same role in the 1945 sequel The Bells of St. And as good as he was at singing, crosby’s work with radio technology helped pave the way for multitracking songs and making it possible to broadcast the same radio programs across the country without cutting another live version.

With a string of major hits, crosby was the most popular singer in the country during that era, Dean Martin, with classic songs like “White Christmas” helping pave the way for other singers as varied as Bob Hope, and Frank Sinatra. In 1948, american polls rated bing crosby “the most admired man alive”, and it’s no surprise given how popular he was across every major form of entertainment during the decade.

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Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film Screen Classics

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The University Press of Kentucky #ad - The director's staggering output of 180 films surpasses that of the legendary John Ford and exceeds the combined total of films directed by George Cukor, Victor Fleming, and Howard Hawks. In the first biography of this colorful, instinctual artist, Alan K. During his unprecedented twenty-seven year tenure at Warner Bros.

Melodramas, war epics, historical dramas, he directed swashbuckling adventures, romances, tearjerkers, horror films, westerns, comedies, musicals, and film noir masterpieces. However, few directors elicited more memorable portrayals from their casts, and ten different actors delivered Oscar-nominated performances under his direction.

In addition to his study of the director's remarkable legacy, screenwriter Bess Meredyth, Rode investigates Curtiz's dramatic personal life, discussing his enduring creative partnership with his wife, as well as his numerous affairs and children born of his extramarital relationships. Rode illuminates the life and work of one of the film industry's most complex figures.

This meticulously researched biography provides a nuanced understanding of one of the most talented filmmakers of Hollywood's golden age. Academy award--winning director michael curtiz 1886--1962 -- whose best-known films include Casablanca 1942, Yankee Doodle Dandy 1942, Mildred Pierce 1945 and White Christmas 1954 -- was in many ways the anti-auteur.

Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film Screen Classics #ad - In hollywood, curtiz earned a reputation for his explosive tantrums, his difficulty communicating in English, and his disregard for the well-being of others. He begins by exploring the director's early life and career in his native Hungary, produced, revealing how Curtiz shaped the earliest days of silent cinema in Europe as he acted in, and directed scores of films before immigrating to the United States in 1926.

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Hope: Entertainer of the Century

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Simon & Schuster #ad - As richard zoglin shows in this “entertaining and important book” the Wall Street Journal, from his secret first marriage and his stint in reform school, there is still much to be learned about this most public of figures, to his indiscriminate womanizing and his ambivalent relationships with Bing Crosby and Johnny Carson.

Revelatory…fascinating” the new york times: The first definitive biography of Bob Hope, featuring exclusive and extensive reporting that makes the persuasive case that he was the most important entertainer of the twentieth century. With his topical jokes and his all-american, bob hope was the only entertainer to achieve top-rated success in every major mass-entertainment medium of the century, brash-but-cowardly screen character, 1960s, from vaudeville in the 1920s all the way to television in the 1950s, and 1970s.

Hope: Entertainer of the Century #ad - Scrupulously researched, and as entertaining and as important to an understanding of twentieth- and twenty-first-century pop culture as its subject once genuinely was” Vanity Fair, likely definitive, Hope is both a celebration of the entertainer and a complex portrait of a gifted but flawed man. But he was also a tireless worker, devoted to his fans, and generous with friends.

He virtually invented modern stand-up comedy. Above all, an enterprising builder of his own brand, he helped redefine the very notion of what it means to be a star: a savvy businessman, and a public-spirited entertainer whose Christmas military tours and unflagging work for charity set the standard for public service in Hollywood.

For me, it’s a feast. ”.

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