" Jean Arthur (1900-91) kept her personal life private, disdained the Hollywood publicity machine, and was called "difficult" because of her perfectionism and remoteness from costars on the movie set.
Author: John Oller
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The luminous star of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Shane, and other classic films was, as the subtitle aptly puts it, "the actress nobody knew." Jean Arthur (1900-91) kept her personal life private, disdained the Hollywood publicity machine, and was called "difficult" because of her perfectionism and remoteness from costars on the movie set. John Oller, a lawyer, tracked down kinsfolk and friends never before interviewed to capture the elusive personality of a free spirit best embodied in her favorite role, Peter Pan. Arthur herself might have appreciated his warm, respectful portrait. "...[An] insightful, painstakingly researched analysis of Arthur's life and career raises the curtain on the complex, conflicted person behind the screen persona...Captures the special shine of a unique star who turned out to be a genuine eccentric." -Chicago Tribune
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Author: Jerry Vermilye
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Blonde, vivacious Jean Arthur is best remembered today for her unizue, childlike voice and for the handful of classic Thirties and Forties movies she made for directors Frank Capra and George Stevens, such as You Can't Take It With You, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The More the Merrier and her last picture Shane, released in 1953. But not many know that her 30-year film career dates from the early Twenties, when she was an inexperienced contract player at Fox. In fact, Arthur appeared in more movies of the silent era (mostly program Westerns and minor comedies) than she made after the advent of sound. Born with the name Gladys Greene in 19-00, Jean Arthur renamed and reinvented herself when she arrived in Hollywood in 1922, fictionizing her background and subtracting eight years from her actual age. Colleagues have recalled the eccentric personality and behind-the-scenes insecurities that negated her popularity with the press and inhibited her later career as a stage and TV star, prompting her eventual retreat into seclusion. All of these exploits and more are detailed in this comprehensive biofilmography by Jerry Vermilye, a much published author who tells his story in a brisk non-judgmental style that has drawn critical praise for his volumes on such legendary film personalities as Cary Grant, Barbara Stanwyck, Bette Davis, Charles Bronson, Audrey Hepburn, Buster Crabbe, Lawrence Olivier. and Elizabeth Taylor. This book includes casts, production credits and critical commentary on Jean Arthur's many films, as well as 100 scene stills, portraits and candids, many of them are photographs from the author's private collection.
IN OLD TWILL SLACKS AND A SWEATER, JEAN ARTHUR, WHO MAKES A POINT OF KEEPING HER PRIVATE LIFE PRIVATE, PLAYS ON THE LAWN WITH HER DOG PAT BOOKS AND MUSIC ...
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See S. Bauer , “ A Star of The Golden Age : Remembering Jean Arthur , ” Journal of Popular Film and Television 17 ( spring 1989 ) : 27–36 ; D. Drabelle ...
Author: Billy J. Harbin
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
"The book collects biographies and portraits of influential actors, playwrights, composers, directors, designers, dancers, producers, managers, critics, choreographers, and technicians who made their mark on the American theater. It is the last component in a historical recovery project that includes the essay collections Passing Performances and Staging Desire, but with a significantly broader scope than its predecessors. Its broad coverage provides an extended glimpse into lives and careers that intersected, and into networks of affiliation that made theatrical history, and, by extension, social and cultural history. The biographies in The Gay and Lesbian Theatrical Legacy will engage readers interested in theater, gay and lesbian history, American Studies, and biography."--BOOK JACKET.
Jean Arthur and dramatic actress Judith Anderson were named the baby's godmothers. Arthur and her husband, producer Frank Ross, had become the Hallidays' ...
Author: Ronald L. Davis
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The first book-length biography of a theater icon South Pacific. The Sound of Music. Peter Pan. As the star of these classic Broadway musicals, Mary Martin captivated theater audiences with her impish persona and magnificent voice. Now Ronald L. Davis fills a major gap in theater history, moving beyond Martin’s own 1976 memoir to provide a complete picture of her life and career. Lively and engaging, Davis’s biography is the first book-length portrait of the theater icon, spanning her lifetime to reveal facts about her childhood, marriages, and friendships—as well as artistic collaborations that included the likes of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, and Elia Kazan. Born in Weatherford, Texas, and mother to the future actor Larry Hagman, Martin went to California after the failure of her first marriage. There, she auditioned for every studio without success. “Audition Mary” finally had her big break when she won a talent contest, leading to her breakthrough 1938 performance in Leave It to Me—in which she wowed audiences singing “My Heart Belongs to Daddy.” Davis traces Martin’s numerous appearances on Broadway, in touring productions, and on television, showing how—through hard work and persistent optimism—she built a career that lasted nearly fifty years and earned her the adoration and respect of fans and colleagues alike. Because Martin’s life was entwined with many luminaries of the stage, this biography offers rich insights into theater history, including accounts of how various productions were developed. No other book tells her story in such detail—it is must reading for fans and an essential resource for theater aficionados everywhere.
As always, Jean Arthur was the thorough professional, throwing herself into the scriptwriters' cliched machinations with the same zest and zeal she'd ...
Author: Hal Erickson
Category: Performing Arts
When media coverage of courtroom trials came under intense fire in the aftermath of the infamous New Jersey v. Hauptmann lawsuit (a.k.a. the Lindbergh kidnapping case,) a new wave of fictionalized courtroom programming arose to satiate the public’s appetite for legal drama. This book is an alphabetical examination of the nearly 200 shows telecast in the U.S. from 1948 through 2008 involving courtrooms, lawyers and judges, complete with cast and production credits, airdates, detailed synopses and background information. Included are such familiar titles as Perry Mason, Divorce Court, Judge Judy, LA Law, and The Practice, along with such obscure series as They Stand Accused, The Verdict Is Yours Sam Benedict, Trials of O’Brien, and The Law and Mr. Jones. The book includes an introductory overview of law-oriented radio and TV broadcasts from the 1920s to the present, including actual courtroom coverage (or lack of same during those years in which cameras and microphones were forbidden in the courtroom) and historical events within TV’s factual and fictional treatment of the legal system. Also included in the introduction is an analysis of the rise and fall of cable’s Court TV channel.
This collection of 44 poems, by Jean Arthur Jones, is edited and published by Bruce Whealton. It reflects the editor's personal impression of what are the best poems of the many that have been written by Mr. Jean Arthur Jones.
Author: Jean Arthur Jones
Category: Literary Collections
This collection of 44 poems, by Jean Arthur Jones, is edited and published by Bruce Whealton. It reflects the editor's personal impression of what are the best poems of the many that have been written by Mr. Jean Arthur Jones. In writing this, it is implied that some of the poems chosen may reflect personal preferences and as such, these poems may represent the editor's favorite poems by Jean Jones. This is inevitable as it is difficult to find any objective sense of "the best" when describing poetry. The poems represent a range of subjects and the order was chosen purposefully. However, the poems are not ordered in chronological order of when the poems were written or when they were published. One of the editor's favorite collections by Jean Jones is the "Angel of Death" poetry collection. That subject, as such, has received the most attention in this collection. Some advice I received within the past couple years from Jean was about honesty, to be honest, always, in one's poetry. And to ask oneself, "does it read as honest?" I think that is a theme I've found in the poetry of Jean Jones. Sometimes you will read about his raw emotions and at other times you experience his feelings along with his observations about the world, life, death, God, faith, good and evil. Some poems draw upon some rather deep literary sources of inspiration. Other poems draw upon the every day experiences. I think all readers will find that his poems vary in complexity and thus defy simple characterization. I'm not aware of too many poets that similarly have such varied style in their writing.
Author: Charles River Charles River EditorsPublish On: 2018-03-12
In addition to avoiding interviews and even having her picture taken, she was bitterly critical of Hollywood, saying, "I hated the place - not the work, but the lack of privacy, those terrible prying fan magazine writers and all the ...
*Includes pictures. *Includes Arthur's own quotes about her life and career. *Includes a bibliography for further reading. "I guess I became an actress because I didn't want to be myself." - Jean Arthur "It's a strenuous job every day of your life to live up to the way you look on the screen." - Jean Arthur A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history's most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors' American Legends series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of America's most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. At the peak of the Golden Era of Hollywood, one of the film industry's most popular genres was the screwball comedy, making stars out of young actresses like Jean Harlow and helping pave the way for future ones like Marilyn Monroe. But at the height of the era of the screwball comedy, the actress most associated with them was Jean Arthur, whose ability to portray everyday women made her incredibly popular in the 1930s and 1940s. As one critic put it, "No one was more closely identified with the screwball comedy than Jean Arthur. So much was she part of it, so much was her star personality defined by it, that the screwball style itself seems almost unimaginable without her." Her seemingly effortless abilities helped get her cast in some of legendary director Frank Capra's most famous films, including Mr. Deeds Goes to Town and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Capra's films were some of the most critically acclaimed and popular of Depression-era America thanks to viewers being able to relate to the characters, and Arthur was integral in this, as film critic Charles Champlin once explained, "To at least one teenager in a small town (though I'm sure we were a multitude), Jean Arthur suggested strongly that the ideal woman could be - ought to be - judged by her spirit as well as her beauty ... The notion of the woman as a friend and confidante, as well as someone you courted and were nuts about, someone whose true beauty was internal rather than external, became a full-blown possibility as we watched Jean Arthur." Arthur was an Oscar nominated actress and one of the richest women in the country in the mid-1940s, but she nevertheless retired after her contract with Columbia ended in 1944. While that seems like an odd decision, Arthur was notorious for wanting to avoid the spotlight and Hollywood's celebrity culture, which led to her being branded a recluse. In addition to avoiding interviews and even having her picture taken, she was bitterly critical of Hollywood, saying, "I hated the place - not the work, but the lack of privacy, those terrible prying fan magazine writers and all the surrounding exploitation." Life magazine made it sound alluring when they pointed out in 1940 that "[n]ext to Garbo, Jean Arthur is Hollywood's reigning mystery woman", but Arthur would only appear in a couple of movies after her retirement, and she disappeared from the Hollywood scene almost as quickly as she burst onto it. American Legends: The Life of Jean Arthur examines the life and career of one of America's favorite screwball comedy queens. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Jean Arthur like never before, in no time at all.
of Jean Arthur looking at herself in a double mirror as Clive asks if she would like to transform him into her lover, which strongly promotes audience ...
Author: Lisa Kernan
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Category: Performing Arts
Movie trailers—those previews of coming attractions before the start of a feature film—are routinely praised and reviled by moviegoers and film critics alike: "They give away too much of the movie." "They're better than the films." "They only show the spectacular parts." "They lie." "They're the best part of going to the movies." But whether you love them or hate them, trailers always serve their purpose of offering free samples of a film to influence moviegoing decision-making. Indeed, with their inclusion on videotapes, DVDs, and on the Internet, trailers are more widely seen and influential now than at any time in their history. Starting from the premise that movie trailers can be considered a film genre, this pioneering book explores the genre's conventions and offers a primer for reading the rhetoric of movie trailers. Lisa Kernan identifies three principal rhetorical strategies that structure trailers: appeals to audience interest in film genres, stories, and/or stars. She also analyzes the trailers for twenty-seven popular Hollywood films from the classical, transitional, and contemporary eras, exploring what the rhetorical appeals within these trailers reveal about Hollywood's changing conceptions of the moviegoing audience. Kernan argues that movie trailers constitute a long-standing hybrid of advertising and cinema and, as such, are precursors to today's heavily commercialized cultural forms in which art and marketing become increasingly indistinguishable.
Isn't Jean Arthur, playing Joan, split between two worlds? Doesn't the actress inhabit the one existing world, whereas the character inhabits the world ...
Author: William Rothman
Publisher: SUNY Press
Makes the case that philosophy has an essential role to play in the serious study of film. William Rothman has long been considered one of the seminal figures in the field of film-philosophy. From his landmark book Hitchcock: The Murderous Gaze, now in its second edition, to the essays collected here in Tuitions and Intuitions, Rothman has been guided by two intuitions: first, that his kind of film criticism is philosophy; and second, that such a marriage of criticism and philosophy has an essential part to play in the serious study of film. In this book, he aspires, borrowing a formulation from Emerson, to “pay the tuition” for these intuitions. Thoughtful, philosophically sophisticated, and provocative, the essays included here address a wide range of films, including classical Hollywood movies; the work of “auteur” directors like Alfred Hitchcock, George Cukor, Yasujirō Ozu, and Woody Allen; performances by John Barrymore and James Stewart; unconventional works by Jean Genet, Chantal Akerman, Terrence Malick, and the Dardenne brothers; the television series Justified; and documentaries by Jean Rouch, Ross McElwee, and Robert Gardner. All the essays address questions of philosophical significance and, taken together, manifest Rothman’s lifelong commitment when writing about a film, to respect the film’s own ideas; to remain open to the film’s ways of expressing its ideas; and to let the film help teach him how to view it, how to think about it, and how to discover what he has at heart to say about it. “Tuitions and Intuitions is simply indispensable to anyone interested in philosophy and in film as philosophy. This book as a whole expresses and exemplifies moral perfectionism through the exploration of what our self becomes with this experience of cinema.” — Sandra Laugier, University Panthéon Sorbonne, Paris “Bringing Rothman’s work together highlights patterns and consistent concerns that may not otherwise be obvious to readers. The book will be invaluable to current and future Rothman scholars.” — Kyle Stevens, author of Mike Nichols: Sex, Language, and the Reinvention of Psychological Realism
... a comedy with Jean Arthur that followed the same pattern as It Happened One ... the film follows New Yorker Mollie Truesdale's ( Jean Arthur ) trip to ...
Author: Randy Roberts
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
"John Wayne remains a constant in American popular culture. Middle America grew up with him in the late 1920s and 1930s, went to war with him in the 1940s, matured with him in the 1950s, and kept the faith with him in the 1960s and 1970s. . . . In his person and in the persona he so carefully constructed, middle America saw itself, its past, and its future. John Wayne was his country’s alter ego." Thus begins John Wayne: American, a biography bursting with vitality and revealing the changing scene in Hollywood and America from the Great Depression through the Vietnam War. During a long movie career, John Wayne defined the role of the cowboy and soldier, the gruff man of decency, the hero who prevailed when the chips were down. But who was he, really? Here is the first substantive, serious view of a contradictory private and public figure.
In If You Could Only Cook, the prevailing fiction is that it is only Joan, not Jean Arthur, who is real. Then again, Sherman's March has a “prevailing ...
Author: Aaron Taylor
This comprehensive collection provides theoretical accounts of the grounds and phenomenon of film acting. The volume features entries by some of the most prominent scholars on film acting who collectively represent the various theoretical traditions that constitute the discipline of film studies. Each section proposes novel ways of considering the recurring motifs in academic enquiries into film acting, including: (1) the mutually contingent problematic of description and interpretation, (2) the intricacies of bodily dynamics and their reception by audiences, (3) the significance of star performance, and (4) the impact of evolving technologies and film styles on acting traditions.
Arthur was his proudest accomplishment. One of the most glamorous heroines in films of the 1930s and '40s, Jean Arthur is a faded name today.
Author: Steve Randisi
Publisher: BearManor Media
Category: Performing Arts
From 1962 to 1986, The Merv Griffin Show flourished as one of television’s most popular variety/talk shows, offering thousands of celebrated personalities from all walks of life. The Merv Griffin Show: The Inside Story takes you behind the scenes of this iconic program through exclusive interviews with the producers, writers, talent coordinators, and publicists who helped sustain Merv as a durable presence in millions of American homes. It’s all here: the backstage tensions, booking challenges, conversational triumphs and disasters, and the race for ratings that are so much a part of the TV talk show realm. The book includes vivid recaps of several “lost” episodes culled from the show’s remarkable history. And there’s the story of Mr. Griffin himself, spanning his days as America’s Romantic Singing star in the 1940s, to his amazing success as a powerful media mogul and real estate entrepreneur in the 1980s and beyond. Most of the book’s nostalgic photographs are published here for the first time.
The Real Jean Arthur. 'Jean Arthur' (October 17, 1900 - June 19, 1991) was an American female actor and a chief feature star of the 1930s and 1940s. This book is your ultimate resource for Jean Arthur.
Author: Ryan Hess
Publisher: Emereo Publishing
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The Real Jean Arthur. 'Jean Arthur' (October 17, 1900 - June 19, 1991) was an American female actor and a chief feature star of the 1930s and 1940s. This book is your ultimate resource for Jean Arthur. Here you will find the most up-to-date 168 Success Fa
Author: Michel OesterreicherPublish On: 1996-01-30
That night, Oleta stayed up with Jean, while Arthur spent the night on the daybed in the parlor. He had not slept for several days and looked as though he ...
Author: Michel Oesterreicher
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
Pioneer Family is based on the recollections of Hugie and Oleta Oesterreicher, who lived in rural northeast Florida in the early decades of the twentieth century. Their daughter, Michel Oesterreicher, retells their story from vivid accounts they gave of their childhood, courtship, early years of marriage, and struggles during the Great Depression.
If he were sober , Bogie might have rejected the suggestion of such an improbable alliance , his becoming the pretend husband of Jean Arthur in a lavender ...
Author: Darwin Porter
Publisher: Blood Moon Productions, Ltd.
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Until recently, very little was known about the early life of Hollywood's most famous movie star. Here, compiled from extensive eyewitness interviews, Darwin Porter delves deep into the star's hot, horny formative years on Broadway and in early Talkie Hollywood. Looking at everything from his affairs with such starlets as Marlene Dietrich and Bette Davis, to his AWOL escapades in the army, to his compulsive brushes with gangsters, prostitutes and blackmailers, this is the untold story of Hollywood's hottest hunk in history.