Ann Sothern tried to enter films during the silent movie era, and she obtained her first notable role in The Show of Shows (1929), one of Warner Bros. first all-talking pictures, with John Barrymore, Richard Barthelmess, Mary Astor, Dolores Costello, Helene Costello, Myrna Loy, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Ben Turpin, Rin Tin Tin, and Loretta Young, among others. In talking pictures or talkies, she had one of the longest careers of any actress in the American film industry, from a memorable series of Maisie comedies to her Academy Award-winning role in The Whales of August (1987) with Lillian Gish and Bette Davis. The popularity of the Maisie series led to her own radio program, The Adventures of Maisie, broadcast on CBS from 1945 to 1947, on Mutual Broadcasting System in 1952, and in syndication from 1949 to 1953. Ann was a popular star with moviegoers, thanks to her appearances in Words and Music (1948), and A Letter to Three Wives (1949). In the 1950s, she enjoyed her greatest success on television, where she ranked with her longtime friend Lucille Ball and Eve Arden as one of the three biggest sitcom stars of that decade. In 1953, she was cast as the lead in the series Private Secretary on CBS on alternate weeks with The Jack Benny Program. Private Secretary consistently placed in the Top 10, and Ann was nominated for an Emmy Award four times. In the 1960s, she even co-starred with Lucy for a while on The Lucy Show. While best-known as a comedienne, she was a capable dramatic actress on stage, in films, and on radio, and she was also an accomplished singer. Collin Briggs richly researched biography reveals the amazing life and career of one of America s best-loved actresses. 315 pages with a complete Filmography. Illustrated. KEYWORDS Ann Sothern, silent movie, sound movie, talking pictures, talkies, Hollywood, Hollywood history, film, films, film history, movie, movie, movie history, cinema, cinema history, The Show of Shows, film musicals, Warner Bros., John Barrymore, Richard Barthelmess, Mary Astor, Dolores Costello, Helene Costello, Myrna Loy, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Ben Turpin, Rin Tin Tin, Loretta Young, Academy Award, The Whales of August, Lillian Gish, Bette Davis, radio, radio history, otr, old time radio, The Adventures of Maisie, Words and Music, A Letter to Three Wives, tv, tv history, tv comedy, tv comedies, Lucille Ball, Eve Arden, sitcom, sitcoms, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, Private Secretary, Emmy Award, The Lucy Show, Collin Briggs,
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Hedy Lamarr's life was punctuated by salacious rumors and public scandal, but it was her stunning looks and classic Hollywood glamour that continuously captivated audiences. Born Hedwig Kiesler, she escaped an unhappy marriage with arms dealer Fritz Mandl in Austria to try her luck in Hollywood, where her striking appearance made her a screen legend. Her notorious nude role in the erotic Czech film Ecstasy (1933), as well as her work with Cecil B. DeMille ( Samson and Delilah, 1949), Walter Wanger ( Algiers, 1938), and studio executive Louis B. Mayer catapulted her alluring and provocative reputation as a high-profile sex symbol. In Hedy Lamarr: The Most Beautiful Woman in Film, Ruth Barton explores the many facets of the screen legend, including her life as an inventor. Working with avant-garde composer and film scorer George Antheil, Lamarr helped to develop and patent spread spectrum technology, which is still used in mobile phone communication. However, despite her screen persona and scientific success, Lamarr's personal life caused quite a scandal. A string of failed marriages, a lawsuit against her publisher regarding her sensational autobiography, and shoplifting charges made her infamous beyond her celebrity. Drawing on extensive research into both the recorded truths of Lamarr's life and the rumors that made her notorious, Barton recognizes Lamarr's contributions to both film and technology while revealing the controversial and conflicted woman underneath. Hedy Lamarr: The Most Beautiful Woman in Film illuminates the life of a classic Hollywood icon.
In Born to Dance (1936), Virginia Bruce tempted James Stewart while introducing Cole Porter's "I've Got You Under My Skin." That same year, she dazzled as the archetypal showgirl in the Oscar-winning The Great Ziegfeld. Fans and critics saw her poised for major stardom at MGM. Delve into her turbulent life and career. In James Robert Parish's Foreword, he notes Virginia's quiet charisma, the haunted, distracted look of her eyes, her vibrant voice, and her "off-screen life . . . far more exciting and exotic than any role she experienced on camera." Love was very important to Virginia. She fell hard for screen idol John Gilbert during their filming of Downstairs (1932). When the virile, yet deeply troubled Gilbert proposed marriage, Hollywood held its collective breath. The merger ended in divorce, but provided the basis for the Selznick's A Star is Born (1937). Virginia's career took off, but the question was, "Did Louis B. Mayer have it in for her?" Mayer had hated Gilbert. After a brief, idyllic, yet tragic second marriage to director-producer J. Walter Ruben, Virginia's career focused more on radio, and an occasional "B" film. Her marriage to a young Turk, Ali Ipar in 1946 provided another unusual twist to Virginia's life, and ultimately a bittersweet ending. Includes over 130 photos.