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The Glamour Girls: James Robert Parish; Don E. Stanke

The Glamour Girls

James Robert Parish; Don E. Stanke

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ISBN 10: 0870002449 / ISBN 13: 9780870002441
Published by Arlington House, 1975
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Arlington House [Published date: 1975]. Hard cover, 752 pp. First Edition. INCLUDES JOAN CRAWFORD'S BOOKPLATE affixed to front paste down. Very good in good dust jacket. Purple paper over boards with gold lettering on front and spine. Binding tight. Pages clean and unmarked. Dust jacket has a 3/4" tear on the top edge near the spine and several other smaller nicks and tears and creasing along edges. Light aging to spine. Light overall rubbing, scuffing and soiling to jacket as well. Price clipped. Now in an archival quality Brodart cover. NOT Ex-library. NO remainder marks. Includes a laid in faded pink slip of paper which says "From the desk of " and Joan Crawford's signature (copy, NOT origin). Text of the memo says Bobbie Dearest, Hope you enjoy these "glamour girls"!! Christmas '78. This obviously can't have been written by Joan Crawford herself as she died the year before, but the paper itself and book itself appears to have come from her estate. Wonderful b&w photos throughout. Bookseller Inventory # 20120902006

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Title: The Glamour Girls

Publisher: Arlington House

Publication Date: 1975

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

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Part of the Encore Film Book Classics series, this is a reprint of the original text of The Glamour Girls by James Robert Parish and Don E. Stanke. Dwelling in their own special solar system—far beyond mere film stardom or talent, are the Hollywood beauties known as Glamour Girls. Some were little more than animated mannequins daydreaming through movies, human May flies who soared, dazzled, and died all on the same day. Others were far more fortunate. Blessed with ability and determination, they broke free of their golden fetters and showed moviegoers that they were far more than store-window dummies. The most artificial creations of an artificial-loving business, Hollywood’s Glamour Girls were cinema’s Blessed Goddesses. In The Glamour Girls, nine of them are recalled—their films, their off-screen lives, and their special and highly varied brands of witchcraft. JOAN BENNETT—She only wanted to be a normal, upper-class flapper . . . YVONNE DE CARLO—From sumptuous Technicolor celluloid adventures to Broadway’s Follies . . . RITA HAYWORTH—Tigress or Pussycat? . . . AUDREY HEPBURN—The elegant gamine . . . JENNIFER JONES—What lay behind her intense innocence? . . . MARIA MONTEZ—The temperamental beauty who believed too strongly in her publicity hype . . . KIM NOVAK—“Her face is like a sponge that can soak you up”—Life magazine .. . MERLE OBERON—the aristocrat with a hidden past who insisted “I just want to look my best” . . . VERA HRUBA RALSTON—Was her amazing self-confidence justified? The Glamour Girls provides a probing examination of these Silver Screen Beauties—and the men who created these luscious movie icons: David O. Selznick spends a fortune selling Jennifer Jones as a great dramatic actress . . Herbert Yates “gives” Republic Pictures to Vera Hruba Ralston . . . Alexander Korda reconstructs Merle Oberon as an exotic beauty . . . Harry Cohn punishes willful Rita Hayworth by practically inventing luscious Kim Novak . . . and Walter Wanger shoots a film colony rival over Joan Bennett. This meticulous study of cinema glamour is filled with detailed filmographies of its subjects, precise recreations of scores of motion pictures, and telling reviews by contemporary critics who were at the same time caustic and captivated by these legendary love goddesses.

About the Author:

JAMES ROBERT PARISH, a former entertainment reporter, publicist, and book series editor, is the author of many published major biographies and reference books on the entertainment industry including Whitney Houston: We Will Always Love You; Fiascos: Hollywood’s Iconic Flops; It’s Good to Be the King: The Seriously Funny Life of Mel Brooks; The Encyclopedia of Ethnic Groups in Hollywood; The Hollywood Book of Death; The Unofficial “Murder, She Wrote” Casebook; Today’s Black Hollywood; and Let’s Talk! America’s Favorite TV Talk Show Hosts. Mr. Parish is a frequent oncamera interviewee on cable and network TV for documentaries on the performing arts. The author resides in Studio City, California. DON E. STANKE, who lived in northern California and is now deceased, interviewed more than 30 film and stage personalities, and his articles about these luminaries appeared in motion picture journals from coast to coast. He collaborated with James Robert Parish on several books.

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