Books by Charlotte Chandler

Charlotte Chandler is a playwright and prolific biographer of major actors and actresses. Among others, she has written biographies of Groucho Marx, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Ingrid Bergman. Her biography on Marlene Dietrich is out this week. Photo credit: Charles William Bush


MARLENE by Charlotte Chandler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 29, 2011

"A poetic and indelible portrait of the great star."
Prolific biographer Chandler (I Know Where I'm Going: Katharine Hepburn, a Personal Biography, 2010, etc.) delivers an evocative portrait of film icon Marlene Dietrich (1901–1992), perhaps cinema's ultimate manifestation of the mysterious, dangerous, unknowable woman. Read full book review >
I KNOW WHERE I’M GOING by Charlotte Chandler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 2, 2010

"A lively but incomplete biography, carried more by its subject than its author."
A heavily conversational biography of the strong-willed film legend. Read full book review >
SHE ALWAYS KNEW HOW by Charlotte Chandler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"However bold, West's quotes don't fully define her iconic life, and Chandler does very little to fill in what's missing."
A vacuous biography of the little chickadee. Read full book review >
NOT THE GIRL NEXT DOOR by Charlotte Chandler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"A less-than-penetrating portrait of the star with the broad shoulders."
Showbiz biographer Chandler (Ingrid: Ingrid Bergman, A Personal Biography, 2007, etc.) cobbles together another formless, pointless life story of a major film icon. Read full book review >
INGRID by Charlotte Chandler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2007

"Among several other books about Bergman, including her own autobiography, this one seems a series of outtakes."
A haphazard assemblage of interviews with Bergman and her friends, family and directors. Read full book review >
THE GIRL WHO WALKED HOME ALONE by Charlotte Chandler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2006

"A cocktail party that lasts too long."
All about Bette, and then some. Read full book review >
IT’S ONLY A MOVIE by Charlotte Chandler
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 2005

"A good introduction to Hitchcock's life and work that doesn't stand out in a crowded field."
Career interviewer Chandler turns the klieg lights on the Master of Suspense and his collaborators, with highly repetitive results. Read full book review >
NOBODY’S PERFECT by Charlotte Chandler
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Not the definitive biography that historians and fans may have hoped for, but an entertaining read as well as a bittersweet memorial to one of cinema's true originals."
Once again, Chandler (I, Fellini, 1995, etc.) lets an acclaimed and beloved filmmaker tell his life story largely in his own words. Read full book review >
I, FELLINI by Charlotte Chandler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Instead, we get Fellini in too many of his own words. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
 A frenetic, inflated outing with one of the world's great filmmakers, who died in 1993 at the age of 73. Read full book review >