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Accustomed to her face : thirty-five character actresses of golden age Hollywood

Author: Axel Nissen
Publisher: Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Drawing on historical documents and newspaper reports, this book provides a fascinating group portrait of a diverse group of character actresses who left their stamp on Hollywood from the early sound era through the 1960s. The lives of 35 actresses are explored in detail. Some are familiar. Others are nearly forgotten"--
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Axel Nissen
ISBN: 9780786497324 0786497327
OCLC Number: 948560802
Description: viii, 280 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction --
What a joy! Jessie Busley (1871/1950) --
Raising Caine: Georgia Caine (1876/1964) --
Mr. and Mrs. Smith: Patricia Collinge (1892/1974) --
The trophy wife: Ruth Donnelly (1896/1982) --
Falling into fame: Maude Eburne (1875/1960) --
The show must go on: Effie Ellsler (1855/1942) --
I remember Edith: Edith Evanson (1896/1980) --
Gone too soon: Blanche Friderici (1873/1933) --
Grace come lately: Grace George (1874/1961) --
When Irish eyes are smiling: Connie Gilchrist (1895/1985) --
Minna's modern marriage: Minna Gombell (1892/1973) --
"The world's oldest working actress": Ethel Griffies (1878/1975) --
"Old frozenface": Sara Haden (1898/1981) --
From Euclid Avenue to the Yellow Brick Road: Margaret Hamilton (1902/85) --
"Ivan the terrible": Rosalind Ivan (1880/1959) --
Working girl: Isabel Jewell (1907/72) --
Cougar in evening dress: Violet Kemble-Cooper (1886/1961) --
Her wicked wicked ways: Doris Lloyd (1891/1968) --
The old doll: Helen Lowell (1865/1937) --
Meaner than Margaret: Eily Malyon (1879/1961) --
Bessie's daughter: Una Merkel (1903/86) --
Maids and masseuses: Greta Meyer (1883/1965) --
The quest for Dennie: Dennie Moore (1902/78) --
The Oregon belle: Ona Munson (1903/55) --
Sunset Boulevard: Mary Nash (1884/1976) --
Tragic second: Barbara O'Neil (1910/80) --
"The woman you love to hate": Rafaela Ottiano (1888/1942) --
The eternal landlady: Tempe Pigott (1869/1962) --
A woman's face: Anita Sharp-Bolster (1895/1985) --
I'm no lady's maid: Libby Taylor (1900-?) --
Granny's got her gun: Zeffie Tilbury (1863/1950) --
Big enough: Norma Varden (1898/1989) --
Divinely Dotty: Nydia Westman (1902/70) --
Ma Jarrett: Margaret Wycherly (1879/1956) --
Bohemian rhapsody: Blanche Yurka (1887/1974).
Responsibility: Axel Nissen.

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