WorldCat Identities

Spoto, Donald 1941-

Overview
Works: 163 works in 902 publications in 17 languages and 37,703 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Interviewer
Classifications: PN1998.A3, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about Donald Spoto
 
Most widely held works by Donald Spoto
The dark side of genius : the life of Alfred Hitchcock by Donald Spoto( Book )

79 editions published between 1983 and 2007 in 7 languages and held by 2,690 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the film producing career and personal life of Alfred Hitchcock
The kindness of strangers : the life of Tennessee Williams by Donald Spoto( Book )

30 editions published between 1985 and 1997 in English and held by 2,474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Previously unpublished dramatic material from the diaries, journals, and letters of William's mother is complemented by interviews from the playwright's lovers, friends, and colleagues
Enchantment : the life of Audrey Hepburn by Donald Spoto( Book )

27 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 2,290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of the acclaimed actress follows Audrey Hepburn from her youth in Nazi-occupied Europe, through her rise to stardom in some of the era's most popular films, to her dedication to UNICEF
The art of Alfred Hitchcock : fifty years of his motion pictures by Donald Spoto( Book )

59 editions published between 1976 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 2,077 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The monumental scope of Hitchcock's work remains unsurpassed by any other movie director, past or present. Psycho, Rear Window, The Birds and Vertigo are only a few of his classics.d his superb analysis--still the Hitchcockian commentary after 15 years in print. Photographs throughout
Marilyn Monroe : the biography by Donald Spoto( Book )

68 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in 11 languages and held by 1,935 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Full scale biography of motion picture actress Marilyn Monroe exploring in detail every aspect of her life and overturning many falsehoods
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis : a life by Donald Spoto( Book )

12 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 1,764 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An illustrated biography of former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
High society : the life of Grace Kelly by Donald Spoto( Book )

23 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,731 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on his unprecedented access to Grace Kelly, bestselling biographer Donald Spoto at last offers an intimate, honest, and authoritative portrait of one of Hollywood's legendary actresses. --Publisher
Laurence Olivier : a biography by Donald Spoto( Book )

30 editions published between 1991 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 1,622 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An in-depth study of the man behind the legend examines Olivier's personal life, professional career, relationships, sexuality, and glamorous milieu and discusses links between the actor's turbulent professional and emotional life
Notorious : the life of Ingrid Bergman by Donald Spoto( Book )

32 editions published between 1997 and 2001 in 7 languages and held by 1,476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ingrid Bergman's dramatic story is as compelling as any of the women she portrayed in dozens of memorable movies and plays, an impressive list that includes Intermezzo, The Bells of St. Mary's, Spellbound, Notorious, Anastasia, Hedda Gabler and A Woman Called Golda. Whether acting the role of saint or sinner, Bergman found in her characters the extremes of her own devoted and passionate nature
A passion for life : the biography of Elizabeth Taylor by Donald Spoto( Book )

22 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Born in England to socially ambitious parents, Elizabeth was catapulted into child stardom at an early age. This book explores the highs and lows of her life
Possessed : the life of Joan Crawford by Donald Spoto( Book )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Crawford was one of the most incandescent film stars of all time, yet she was also one of the most misunderstood. Spoto goes beyond the popular caricature to give us a three-dimensional portrait of a very human woman, her dazzling career, and her extraordinarily dramatic life and times
Blue angel : the life of Marlene Dietrich by Donald Spoto( Book )

13 editions published between 1992 and 2003 in English and French and held by 1,237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life of Marlene Dietrich
The decline and fall of the House of Windsor by Donald Spoto( Book )

19 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in 6 languages and held by 1,202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biography of the Royal Family of Great Britain from Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II that reveals new information about many family members and examines the difficulties that celebrity status has brought to the family
Spellbound by beauty : Alfred Hitchcock and his leading ladies by Donald Spoto( Book )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The third volume in a trilogy exploring the life and work of the legendary director examines Hitchcock's life in terms of his relationships with the actresses in his films, including Ingrid Bergman, Grace Kelly, Kim Novak, and Tippi Hedren, in a study of his films, rise to fame and power, artistic legacy, unconventional marriage, and obsessions
Reluctant saint : the life of Francis of Assisi by Donald Spoto( Book )

15 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Reluctant saint, Donald Spoto shows us a Saint Francis who transcends the image of Francis familiar to even the least religious among us. Spoto's unprecedented access to unexplored archives and the saint's own unpublished letters help reveal how Francis pioneered an entirely new historical movement, one that eventually slipped from his grasp. Spoto highlights Francis's position within the ecclesiastical, political, and social forces of medieval Italy in all its violence, color, and mystery. It was a time of crisis with a craving for reform and for a deeper, simpler, more personal faith--yet concern for the common good, and for the poor and sick, was virtually unknown. A key part of the revolution Francis brought about was his insistence that such concern lay at the heart of the Gospel. Reluctant saint portrays a life that has captured the hearts and minds of millions over the centuries
Joan : the mysterious life of the heretic who became a saint by Donald Spoto( Book )

9 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

According to biographer and theologian Spoto, Joan of Arc is a girl for the 21st century. She asserted and fought for the ideal that nations shouldn't invade and occupy others for the sake of empire building, a message to contemplate in today's political landscape. But it's unfair to read our contemporary concerns back into her 15th-century story, says Spoto. In this engaging and at times gripping biography, he examines Joan's life and particularly her faith in the face of a church threatened by her visions. Spoto details what is known or surmised about Joan's early life and military career, but the book's most fascinating aspect is the suspenseful day-by-day account of her year-long trial and conviction for heresy. Here we see the Maid's (as she called herself) sense of God's instructions for her life, and her efforts to obey God above all else, including earthly church authority. Spoto helps us understand her threat to political and ecclesiastical figures. The only person to have been condemned for heresy and later sainted, Joan of Arc continues to capture the popular imagination and is, Spoto argues, "the sign that God is free to act as He wills to act, not as we presume He ought to act."
Rebel : the life and legend of James Dean by Donald Spoto( Book )

16 editions published between 1996 and 2000 in English and French and held by 1,101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

America's most enduring symbol of rebellious youth, James Dean has continuously held the world's fascination since his tragic death at the age of twenty-four more than forty years ago. In the first complete, fully documented biography of this enigmatic hero, internationally celebrated author Donald Spoto offers a startlingly revelatory look at the short, greatly misunderstood life of an icon who remains frozen in time
The hidden Jesus : a new life by Donald Spoto( Book )

14 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 1,052 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author draws on his expertise as a New Testament scholar to present a controversial reassessment of Jesus' life, teachings, relationships, and standard doctrinal theology
Lenya : a life by Donald Spoto( Book )

25 editions published between 1989 and 1993 in 5 languages and held by 874 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lotte Lenya, the extraordinary singer/actress of international acclaim whose career spanned six decades, is best remembered for her brilliant performances on stage in Cabaret, in films such as From Russia With Love, and as the foremost interpreter of the songs and musical dramas of Bertolt Brecht and her husband, Kurt Weill, including her unsurpassed portrayal of Jenny in the 1954 revival of The Three Penny Opera.-Book jacket
Diana : the last year by Donald Spoto( Book )

13 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in 4 languages and held by 794 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the final year in the life of Diana, former Princess of Wales, discussing her break with her husband, Prince Charles, her relationship with Dodi al-Fayed, her work on behalf of charity, and her attempts to make up for the restrictive years of her marriage
 
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Alternative Names
Donald Spoto American writer

Donald Spoto amerikansk författare

Donald Spoto amerikansk skribent

Donald Spoto écrivain américain

Donald Spoto scrittore statunitense

Spoto, Donald Michael 1941-

Спото, Дональд 1941-

スポトー, ドナルド

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The kindness of strangers : the life of Tennessee WilliamsEnchantment : the life of Audrey HepburnThe art of Alfred Hitchcock : fifty years of his motion picturesMarilyn Monroe : the biographyJacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis : a lifeHigh society : the life of Grace KellyLaurence Olivier : a biographyNotorious : the life of Ingrid Bergman