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Spoto, Donald 1941-

Works: 185 works in 1,078 publications in 15 languages and 36,407 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Biographies  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama 
Roles: Author, Interviewer
Classifications: PN1998.A3, B
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Publications about Donald Spoto
Publications by Donald Spoto
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 )
81 editions published between 1983 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 2,561 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 )
37 editions published between 1985 and 2000 in English and Japanese and held by 2,403 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Previously unpublished dramatic material from the diaries, journals, and letters of William's mother is complemented by interviews from the playwright's lovers, friends, and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 )
29 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 2,157 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 )
61 editions published between 1976 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,974 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 )
73 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in 11 languages and held by 1,856 libraries worldwide
Full scale biography of motion picture actress Marilyn Monroe exploring in detail every aspect of her life and overturning many falsehoods
High society : the life of Grace Kelly by Donald Spoto( Book )
17 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,672 libraries worldwide
Documents the life and whirlwind career of the iconic Hollywood actress-turned-European princess, drawing on previously unpublished interviews to discuss her conservative education, Oscar-winning film achievements, and role as a mother to royal children
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis : a life by Donald Spoto( Book )
16 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in 4 languages and held by 1,667 libraries worldwide
An illustrated biography of former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Laurence Olivier : a biography by Donald Spoto( Book )
34 editions published between 1991 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 1,505 libraries worldwide
Laurence Olivier was the most famous actor of this century, perhaps the greatest of all time. From his stage roles as Hamlet and Archie Rice to his screen roles as Heathcliff and Henry V, his range was unparalleled. Here for the first time is a book that brings to life the private man behind the public persona. Olivier initially aroused Hollywood's interest only because of a calculated resemblance to Ronald Colman. His looks turned him into a matinee idol, his talent into the first lord of the theater, world renowned as actor, director and producer. But beneath the glamorous image, Olivier was often lonely, confused and plagued by self-doubts. Donald Spoto tells for the first time the truth about Olivier's three marriages--to the diffident lesbian actress Jill Esmond, to the haunted and doomed Vivien Leigh, and to the young Joan Plowright. Spoto also reveals Olivier's relationships with Noel Coward and Danny Kaye, who loved him. Laurence Olivier's life encompassed the history of the theater in our time. Based on formidable international research, access to many previously unpublished documents and more than 160 interviews with those who knew and worked with Olivier, this is a rich, definitive biography.--Adapted from dust jacket
Notorious : the life of Ingrid Bergman by Donald Spoto( Book )
35 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in 6 languages and held by 1,373 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 )
9 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and German and held by 1,269 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 )
15 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 1,207 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
Joan : the mysterious life of the heretic who became a saint by Donald Spoto( Book )
9 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 1,144 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."
Blue angel : the life of Marlene Dietrich by Donald Spoto( Book )
15 editions published between 1992 and 2003 in English and French and held by 1,138 libraries worldwide
The life of Marlene Dietrich
Spellbound by beauty : Alfred Hitchcock and his leading ladies by Donald Spoto( Book )
14 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 1,117 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
The decline and fall of the House of Windsor by Donald Spoto( Book )
24 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in 6 languages and held by 1,111 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
Rebel : the life and legend of James Dean by Donald Spoto( Book )
17 editions published between 1996 and 2000 in English and French and held by 1,025 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.--Book Jacket
The hidden Jesus : a new life by Donald Spoto( Book )
15 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 983 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 4 languages and held by 850 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
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Alternative Names
Donald Spoto American writer
Donald Spoto Amerikaans schrijver
Donald Spoto amerikansk författare
Donald Spoto amerikansk skribent
Donald Spoto écrivain américain
Donald Spoto escritor estadounidense
Donald Spoto scrittore statunitense
Donald Spoto yhdysvaltalainen kirjailija
Spoto, Donald Michael 1941-
Spoto, Donalds, 1941-
Спото, Дональд 1941-
スポトー, ドナルド
English (394)
German (31)
French (30)
Spanish (29)
Italian (11)
Finnish (6)
Swedish (3)
Dutch (3)
Japanese (2)
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