Conversations With Classic Film Stars

Conversations With Classic Film Stars

Interviews From Hollywood's Golden Era

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James Bawden: Seeing the way people behave when they're around you, is it still fun being Cary Grant?

Cary Grant: I don't like to disappoint people. Because he's a completely made-up character and I'm playing a part. It's a part I've been playing a long time, but no way am I really Cary Grant. A friend told me once, "I always wanted to be Cary Grant." And I said, "So did I." -- from the bookIn Conversations with Classic Film Stars, retired journalists James Bawden and Ron Miller present an astonishing collection of rare interviews with the greatest celebrities of Hollywood's golden age. Conducted over the course of more than fifty years, they recount intimate conversations with some of the most famous leading men and women of the era, including Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Joseph Cotten, Cary Grant, Gloria Swanson, Joan Fontaine, Loretta Young, Kirk Douglas, and many more.

Each interview takes readers behind the scenes with some of cinema's most iconic stars. The actors convey unforgettable stories, from Maureen O'Hara discussing Charles Laughton's request that she change her last name, to Bob Hope candidly commenting on the presidential honors bestowed upon him. Humorous, enlightening, and poignant, Conversations with Classic Film Stars is essential reading for anyone who loves classic movies.

Publisher: Lexington, Ky. : The University Press of Kentucky, c2016
ISBN: 9780813167107
Branch Call Number: 791.43028 CON
Characteristics: 428 p. :,ill., ports. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Bawden, James
Miller, Ron 1939-


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As a fan of old movies, it was interesting, fun, and sometimes sad to hear their stories. I learned a lot of things. One of the most surprising was not only Margaret Hamilton (the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz) originally a kindergarten teacher but two of her students went on to become famous actors: William Windom and Jim Backus! Another cool revelation was that Chinese-American actor Keye Luke was a painter and illustrator before he was an actor. He helped paint some of the murals at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood and he drew some of the artworks in the press book for the original King Kong movie of 1933! Also interesting were his thoughts in the 1980s of what we now call "whitewashing" or "white-casting" back in 1930s-1950s Hollywood. Surprising when compared to the opinions of Asian actors of today. If you love old movies, you'll enjoy this book.

Sep 25, 2016

If you enjoy old movie stars, you'll enjoy reading this book. Very enjoyable read.

Jul 08, 2016

A great read! The authors must have enjoyed their work, it really comes through in this book. I'm in my 60's & it was very interesting getting to know these famous actors' off screen 'true' personalities. I highly recommend it to any movie fan.

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