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Only make believe : my life in show business

Author: Howard Keel; Joyce Spizer
Publisher: Fort Lee, N.J. : Barricade, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Howard Keel (1919-2004) was a major star during the golden age of Hollywood musicals, although he is perhaps best known to the younger generation for his decade-long portrayal of Clayton Farlow on the hit television show, "Dallas."" "Keel was born in Gillespie, IL, the son of a poor and violent coal minor who committed suicide when Keel was a young boy. His mother moved the family to Los Angeles, where Keel began
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Keel, Howard, 1919-2004.
Only make believe.
Fort Lee, N.J. : Barricade, c2005
(OCoLC)639521236
Named Person: Howard Keel; Howard Keel; Howard Keel
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Howard Keel; Joyce Spizer
ISBN: 1569802920 9781569802922
OCLC Number: 58595178
Notes: Includes index.
Description: viii, 334 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: Howard Keel with Joyce Spizer.

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"Howard Keel (1919-2004) was a major star during the golden age of Hollywood musicals, although he is perhaps best known to the younger generation for his decade-long portrayal of Clayton Farlow on the hit television show, "Dallas."" "Keel was born in Gillespie, IL, the son of a poor and violent coal minor who committed suicide when Keel was a young boy. His mother moved the family to Los Angeles, where Keel began taking voice lessons. He was a singing waiter and traveling entertainer when Oscar Hammerstein II gave him his "big break" by casting him in the role of Billy Bigelow in the Broadway production of Carousel. After a three-year stint playing Curly in the London production of Oklahoma!, Keel was signed by MGM in Hollywood.".

"He made his American film debut in 1950, as sharpshooter Frank Butler in Annie Get Your Gun. Next came Show Boat, and, in 1954, his best-known film and personal favorite, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. His other notable films included The War Wagon, Calamity Jane, Kiss Me Kate, Jupiter's Darling, and Kismet.".

"Only Make Believe is the frank memoir of a huge film star and a stand-up guy. Keel dishes on his experiences in Hollywood, his many leading ladies - including Esther Williams, Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner, and Doris Day - and his rocky personal life, which included three marriages, several romances with Hollywood's leading ladies, and a lengthy affair with Marilyn Monroe. His third marriage, to a young fight attendant named Judy Magamoll lasted from 1970 until his death in November 2004."--BOOK JACKET.

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