Hollywood

Great Lives Lecture Series: Marilyn Monroe

Book cover of Fragments by Marilyn Monroe

The University of Mary Washington's 2013 Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series continues on Tuesday, February 26, with a lecture on Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe by Carl Rollyson, author of Marilyn Monroe: A Life of the Actress.

Find out more about this lecture on the University of Mary Washington's web site.

All lectures in the university's Great Lives series are held at 7:30pm, in Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall, and are free and open to the public.

For more on this topic, check out these items from the library:

Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters by Marilyn Monroe
This work is a collection of Marilyn Monroe's written artifacts, notes to herself, letters, even poems, in her own handwriting, never before published, along with rarely seen intimate photos. These bits of text, jotted in notebooks, typed on paper, or written on hotel letterhead, reveal a woman who loved deeply and strove to perfect her craft.  (catalog summary)

Goddess: The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe by Anthony Summers
Published in 1985.  “An important contribution to the literature that seeks to explain and understand the fragile psyche of this truly and tragically wounded soul.” (Amazon.com)

Cary Grant: The Biography

By Marc Eliot

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Rigorously researched and elegantly written, Cary Grant: A Biography is a complete, nuanced portrait of the greatest star in cinema history. Exploring Grant’s troubled childhood, ambiguous sexuality, and lifelong insecurities, as well as the magical amalgam of characteristics that allowed him to remain Hollywood’s favorite romantic lead for more than thirty-five years, Cary Grant is the definitive examination of every aspect of Grant’s professional and private life and the first biography to reveal the real man behind the movie star.

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Dark Victory: The Life of Bette Davis

By Ed Sikov

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"She was magnificent and exasperating in equal measure. Jack Warner called her 'an explosive little broad with a sharp left.' Humphrey Bogart once remarked, 'Unless you're very big she can knock you down.' Bette Davis was a force of nature--an idiosyncratic talent who nevertheless defined the words 'movie star' for more than half a century and who created an extraordinary body of work filled with unforgettable performances. In Dark Victory, the noted film critic and biographer Ed Sikov paints the most detailed picture ever delivered of this intelligent, opinionated, and unusual woman who was--in the words of a close friend--'one of the major events of the twentieth century.'

"Drawing on new interviews with friends, directors, and admirers, as well as archival research and a fresh look at the films, this stylish, intimate biography reveals Davis's personal as well as professional life in a way that is both revealing and sympathetic. With his wise and well-informed take on the production and accomplishments of such movie milestones as Jezebel, All About Eve, and Now, Voyager, as well as the turbulent life and complicated personality of the actress who made them, Sikov's Dark Victory brings to life the two-time Academy Award-winning actress's unmistakable screen style, and shows the reader how Davis's art was her own dark victory."

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The Girl Who Walked Home Alone: Bette Davis, a Personal Biography

By Charlotte Chandler

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"Drawing on extensive conversations with Bette Davis during the last decade of her life, Charlotte Chandler gives us a biography in which the great actress speaks for herself. The author also spoke with directors, actors, and others who knew and worked with Davis. Though she owed everything to her mother, Ruthie, Bette Davis remained fascinated all her life by her hard-to-please father, who walked out on his family. She remembered the disappointment - which never left - over her father's lack of interest in her, and she believed that her resentment of him was probably a major factor in her four failed marriages. She spoke happily of her love affairs with Howard Hughes and William Wyler; she recalled her leading men, favorite co-stars, and unloved rivals; and she took great care to refute the persistent Hollywood legend that she was difficult to work with. Alone and ill, she faced her last days with bravery and dignity."

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Shirley Temple, American Princess

By Anne Edwards

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A revealing portrait of Shirley Temple both as a child and as an adult. Follow her triumphs and disappointments as a child star, United Nations delegate, and ambassador.

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Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror

By Jason Zinoman

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"Based on unprecedented access to the genre's major players, New York Times film critic Zinoman delivers the first definitive account of horror's golden age--the 1970s, when such directors as Wes Craven, Roman Polanski, John Carpenter, and Brian De Palma redefined the genre."

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Hollywood, Beverly Hills, & Other Perversities: Pop Culture of the 1970s and 1980s

By George Rose

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A collection of black-and-white photographs portraying celebrity culture in the 1970s and 1980s, mostly in Los Angeles, taken by an award-winning photojournalist.

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Reagan: The Hollywood Years

By Marc Eliot

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Presents the early career of the Hollywood actor who became the fortieth president, covering more than thirty years of his film and television work, his two marriages, and his two runs as the president of the Screen Actors' Guild.

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The Gurus' Guide to Serenity: A Me-time Menu of Celebrity Stress Reducers

By Laurel House and Sharon House

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"The midlife crisis, the family crisis, the career crisis, the relationship crisis -- nowadays everything seems to be a crisis. We are often too overwhelmed to enjoy the simplest things that make us truly happy. But now the professionals who bring contentment to the world's most famous people show you how to blissfully pamper yourself in this beautifully designed, fully illustrated guide to the sumptuous pleasures that should be a part of everyone's daily lives. The Guru's Guide to Serenity ... may very well be the saviors of our sanity. Celebrities have the means to find these pleasures, and mother-daughter team and Hollywood insiders Sharon and Laurel House have culled the secrets of the world's most exclusive experts, trainers, chefs, spas, and resorts to show readers how to create the kind of soothing treatments superstars love.

"Some of the gurus' remedies you will discover in this beautiful, comforting book include: Irresistible at-home massage techniques from Michelle Kluck, massage therapist to Salma Hayek and Ashley Judd. Fitness tips from Kathy Kaehler, celebrity trainer and the Today show's exercise expert. Recipes for soothing spa treatments like Chocolate Fondue Facial Mask from Manhattan's elite Glow Skin Spa."

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Finding Fish: A Memoir

By Antwone Quenton Fisher

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Baby Boy Fisher was raised in institutions from the moment of his birth in prison to a single mother. He ultimately came to live with a foster family, where he endured near-constant verbal and physical abuse. In his mid-teens he escaped and enlisted in the navy, where he became a man of the world, raised by the family he created for himself. Finding Fish shows how, out of this unlikely mix of deprivation and hope, an artist was born -- first as the child who painted the feelings his words dared not speak, then as a poet and storyteller who would eventually become one of Hollywood's most sought-after screenwriters.

Later made into an award-winning film.

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