July 31: Elva Green (Eddie Green: The Rise of an Early 1900s Black American Entertainment Pioneer) radio interview at yesterdayusa.com.
August 6, 10am-5pm: Carol Lynn Scherling (Blondie Goes to Hollywood) at Dover Comic Con, Dover Public Library, DE
August 14: Brian Gari (We Bombed in New London) at the Metropolitan Room, New York City
August 19 and 20: Dorothy Dale Kloss and Ken Prescott (I'm Not in Kansas Anymore) "Two for the Show" at the Metropolitan Room, New York City
August 26, 3pm: Dusty Sage (Burlesque in a Nutshell) at Barnes & Noble, Victorville Mall, Victorville, CA
August 27: Brian Gari (We Bombed in New London) at the Jolson Festival, Oceanside, NY
October 7-8: Chris Watson (Bad Ass Women of Cinema) at the Slash and Bash Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival, Topeka, KS
October 8: Michael Colby (The Algonquin Kid) at The American Popular Song Society in New York City, NY
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Being a huge fan of comedy, I went through this in record time. It contains wonderful interviews of our comedy favorites, from the 1940s to the 1980s, and ends each one with a where-are-they-now update. Finishing volume 1 this evening, I've now begun reading volume 2. They're great reads!
The authors of this book did a great job researching the weirdest kill scenes in horror movie history. The book is well written, entertaining, humorous and fun to use a reference when I am looking for a wild horror movie to watch on a Friday night. The photos and illustrations are great too. I highly recommend this book if you are a movie buff!
I was pleasantly surprised to see how many people author Adam Nedeff was able to interview and what a fabulous book resulted. While it is a fine tribute to an amazing man, it's also realistic about his foibles. It's not often that a book of this thickness keeps me eagerly reading every single word. Bravo! Job well done!
This is a really gripping book, a love set story set against the complex historical context of the Second World War in the Balkans, alternating with London in the 1970s. The characters are very engaging, their ideologies and psychologies heightening the storyline. A compelling read!
As a character actor in film and television, Albert Salmi had a prolific and distinguished career. The son of immigrants from Finland, he grew up in Brooklyn and trained at the famed Actors Studio. Salmi made his first mark in the theater in William Inge’s BUS STOP. Biographer Sandra Grabman combines Salmi’s unpublished memoirs with her extensive research to explore his devotion to his craft, his memorable life, and, finally, the murder-suicide that ended it all. This is an exceptional treatment of a unique story.
This book is has many elements: suspense, humor, tragedy, mystery, and great character and plot development. I was on the edge of my seat until the very end. Fine writers, that Kotar and Gessler team!
Baby boomers will remember Pat Buttram as the lovable con-artist Mr. Haney on the classic sitcom GREEN ACRES, but they may not realize that he was one of Hollywood’s most famous sidekicks—of Gene Autry, no less—or that he was a celebrated voice actor and one of the country’s leading multi-media humorists for decades. Sandra Grabman effectively captures the rise from solid yet humble origins, the comic skills, popularity, and warmth of a man who was a comic icon and much more.
Peggy Ann Garner was awarded a special Oscar for her performance in A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN (1945). Parts in other films followed. Garner was not the typical Hollywood child star modeled after Shirley Temple or Elizabeth Taylor; her beauty was natural, “plain,” and she embodied a new paradigm. After her initial success, Garner continued to act, primarily on stage and in television. Her life was complicated by a forceful and unpredictable mother. Sandra Grabman depends heavily on letters and other documents of the prolific Virginia Garner, ultimately rejected by her daughter but always a shadow in her life. The biography of Peggy Ann Garner is, in many ways, stranger than fiction, and Ms. Grabman traces of the ups-and-downs in an affecting manner. A chain of unhappiness and unsuccessful relationships, rather than a charmed existence, lies at the center of PLAIN BEAUTIFUL. This is a story worth telling, and Ms. Grabman tells it beautifully.
NO RETAKES! offers a superb look at the history and early days of television. Sandra Grabman and Wright King (who appeared in many programs in the 1950s and 1960s) provide many general comments and personal stories by the protagonists of this key period. The range is impressive, the writing is heartfelt, and the stories are fascinating. Applause to Ms. Grabman and Mr. King for a job well done.
Mr.Hyatts book on the Carol Burnett Show should be a template that all authors aspire to when celebrating a book with this iconic status. Wesley captures so effortlessly why the Carol Burnett Show was the crown jewel of that Saturday night in the 70 where it was fashionable to stay home with your family and forget all your woes.