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Joan Blondell: A Life Between Takes by Matthew Kennedy

Joan Blondell: A Life Between Takes by Matthew Kennedy

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Joan Blondell:  A Life Between Takes by Matthew Kennedy is a 300-page hardcover published in 2007 by University Press of Mississippi.  The book is in very good condition.  The dust jacket is housed in a protective plastic cover. 

Book Summary

Joan Blondell:  A Life Between Takes is the first major biography of the effervescent scene-stealing actress (1906 1979) who conquered Vaudeville, Broadway, Summer Stock, television, and radio. Born the child of Vaudevillians, she was on stage by age 3. With her casual sex appeal, distinctive cello voice, megawatt smile, luminous saucer eyes, and flawless timing, she came into widespread fame in Warner Brothers musicals and comedies of the 1930s including Blonde Crazy, Gold Diggers of 1933, and Footlight Parade.

Her dramatic gifts were showcased in the family classic A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, the film noir Nightmare Alley, and the tearjerker The Blue Veil, for which she was nominated for an Oscar. Later, she became a staple of television through countless guest spots and her Emmy-nominated role in the 1960s series Here Comes the Brides. And testimony to versatility, she finished her career with a dynamic turn and John Cassavetes' Opening Night and a cameo spot in the hit musical Grease.

Frequent co-star of Sly James Cagney, Clark Gable, Edward G Robinson, and Humphrey Bogart, friend to Judy Garland, Barbara Stanwyck, Betty Davis, and wife of Dick Powell and Mike Todd, Joan Blondell was a true Hollywood Insider. By the time of her death, she had made nearly 100 films in a career that spanned over 50 years.

ISBN:  978-1-57806-961-3

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