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Hollywood Legends Series

Hollywood Legends is a series of critical biographies focusing on filmmakers and stars from Hollywood’s early years to more recent decades. This series is informed by current scholarship but is intended to appeal to those generally interested in film and the history and culture of cinema in America. Special attention will be given to those subjects who have yet to receive significant biographical attention and to those legends that deserve reconsideration. Books in the series will place Hollywood figures within their cultural context and provide an assessment of their legacies.

Series editor: Carl Rollyson, Independent Scholar

For more information or to submit a proposal, contact acquisitions editor Emily Snyder Bandy.

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One Tough Dame

By Herbie J Pilato
Foreword by Rupert Macnee
Introduction by Ray Austin
Categories: Biography And Memoir
Series: Hollywood Legends Series

One Tough Dame: The Life and Career of Diana Rigg offers a sweeping portrait of the revered performer’s life and career. Deemed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1994, Diana Rigg ...

Jean Peters

From 1947 to 1955, Jean Peters (1926–2000) appeared in films opposite such Hollywood leading men as Tyrone Power, Marlon Brando, Burt Lancaster, Spencer Tracy, Richard Widmark, and Robert Wagner, as ...

She Damn Near Ran the Studio

Best known as the woman who “ran MGM,” Ida R. Koverman (1876–1954) served as talent scout, mentor, executive secretary, and confidant to American movie mogul Louis B. Mayer for twenty-five years. ...

Dan Duryea

Dan Duryea (1907–1968) made a vivid impression on moviegoers with his first major screen appearance as the conniving Leo Hubbard in 1941's classic melodrama The Little Foxes. His subsequent film and ...

José Ferrer

José Ferrer (1912–1992) became the first Puerto Rican actor to win the Best Actor Academy Award for the 1950 film version of Cyrano de Bergerac. His iconic portrayal of the lovelorn poet/swordsman ...

The Life of Dick Haymes

There was a time when no one would have left Dick Haymes (1918–1980) out of the top class of such contemporaries as Frank Sinatra and Perry Como. But now the Argentine-born baritone is known only to ...

The Lost World of DeMille

Longlisted for the 2020 Moving Image Book Award by the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation

As only an accomplished author, consummate collector, and savvy insider can, John Kobal tells the story of the man who invented ...

The Brothers Mankiewicz

Winner of the 2020 Peter C. Rollins Book Award
Longlisted for the 2020 Moving Image Book Award by the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation
Named a 2019 Richard Wall Memorial Award Finalist by the Theatre Library ...

Sterling Hayden's Wars

A master sailor when he was barely in his twenties, Sterling Hayden (1916-1986) became an overnight film star despite having no training in acting. After starring in two major films, he quit Hollywood ...

Winnie Lightner

Winnie Lightner (1899–1971) stood out as the first great female comedian of the talkies. Blessed with a superb singing voice and a gift for making wisecracks and rubber faces, she rose to stardom in ...