October 9, 2005 |
HERE'S something I'll bet you didn't know about Warren Beatty: When he was a cute-as-a-puppy teenager, he was baptized, via the full-immersion method, in a see-through font, in front of an enthusiastically devout congregation. Given his subsequent career as a movie star, enigmatic public figure and, yes, legendary womanizer, this image creates a disconnect: How does this shivering sliver evolve into the alleged playboy of the Western world?
July 30, 2001 |
One of the most striking things about Hollywood is the extent to which people all over the world came to regard it as the center of the universe. What the Holy Land was to true believers, Hollywood became to believers in make-believe. One such believer was Maria Gurdin, who fled her native Siberia in the wake of the Russian Revolution, ending up in Northern California. A woman of immense drive and ambition, she found an inspiring contrast to the struggle of her daily life in the movies.
July 22, 1991 |
TRUE CRIME: It's billed as "a shocking true story of how love, obsession and power almost killed Barbra Piotrowski." . . . That would be "Sleeping With the Devil"--Suzanne Finstad's book about the love affair between Texas millionaire Richard Minns and Piotrowski, a former California beauty queen. After the relationship soured, Piotrowski was shot four times by a paid assassin. It left her paralyzed from the chest down. But Minns was never questioned. . . .
October 30, 2002 |
Director Peter Bogdanovich, whose last film, "The Cat's Meow," dealt with the mysterious death in 1924 of Hollywood producer Thomas Ince aboard a yacht, will turn his attention next to a movie about a Hollywood actress who died under what many still consider to be mysterious circumstances aboard a yacht in 1981. That actress was Natalie Wood.
November 16, 1997
Gayle Taylor, science teacher: "Audrey Hepburn's Neck," by Alan Brown (Pocket). "Moving and surprisingly suspenseful, this novel centers on a comic book artist adrift in modern Tokyo. He numbs himself with technology and its images but longs for love. Brown explores the difficulty of connecting across generations and the price that secrets extract from their keepers."
August 5, 1997 |
Elvis Presley may have permanently left the building 20 years ago this month, but the King of Rock 'n' Roll has never gone away. More than 300 books have been published about the show business phenomenon who was found dead in his fabled Memphis mansion Aug. 16, 1977. There have been books by Elvis' relatives, former lovers, members of his inner circle known as the "Memphis Mafia" and ex-wife Priscilla.