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When Blanche met Brando : the scandalous story of "A streetcar named Desire"

Author: Sam Staggs
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
The story behind the creation of Tennessee Williams's iconic play is partially drawn from interviews with surviving live performance cast members, shares insights into the connection between Vivien Leigh's personal life and the role of Blanche, and traces the history of the play's adaptation to film.
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Named Person: Tennessee Williams; Tennessee Williams; Tennessee Williams; Vivien Leigh; Marlon Brando; Tennessee Williams
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sam Staggs
ISBN: 9780312321642 0312321643
OCLC Number: 57434239
Description: xviii, 394 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction: The twelve last words of Blanche --
Blanche Collins and her brother-in-law, Rallph Kowalski --
The flame of New Orleans --
Drama in Hollywood --
All that summer they searched for Stanley --
Stanley's wife and Blanche's gentleman caller --
"I found my job through the New York Times" --
Twelve characters in search of --
Not just another opening, not just another show --
"This smells like a hit" --
A night to go down in history --
Regarding Miss Tandy --
A vehicle named Vivien --
"Not waving but drowning" --
The producers --
I read the script and thrust it under the bed --
Caught in a trap on stage one --
Which part of "Good morning" don't you understand? --
Three cigarettes in the ashtray --
Poker should not be played in a house with women --
A terrible daintiness --
Thirteen ways of looking at Brando --
Sorrow lowers her voice --
The boy, the big-boned gal, the reaper, the backwoods crone, and Lady Macbeth of Harlem --
"Can I help you, ma'am?" --
White jazz --
Semifinal cut --
Faith-based censorship --
Miss Leigh, Mr. Brando, and Miss Under send regrets --
Splendors and miseries of a movie star --
"I'll take 'actresses who have played Blanche DuBois' for a thousand, Alex" --
Mad scenes --
Allusions, slightly used --
Whoever you are ...
Responsibility: Sam Staggs.


From the author of "Close-Up on Sunset Boulevard" comes a biography of Tennessee Williams' iconic play and the movie adaptation that launched Marlon Brando's career. 16-page photo insert.  Read more...
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"Opinionated, revealing, constantly entertaining account of the birth and growth of Tennessee Williams's most famous play." --"Kirkus Reviews""A comprehensive minihistory of 20th-century American Read more...

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