Books by Ronald L. Davis

MARY MARTIN by Ronald L. Davis
Released: April 1, 2008

"Martin's star quality prevails."
Affectionate but not airbrushed portrait of the Broadway diva who got her first big break with a naughty Cole Porter song but flew into legend in a children's classic. Read full book review >
VAN JOHNSON by Ronald L. Davis
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A perfectly pleasant double feature."
The Van Johnson Story. Starring . . . Van Johnson. Read full book review >
JOHN FORD by Ronald L. Davis
Released: April 1, 1995

"Although not without its useful contributions to the Ford story, this book does not fill the need for a definitive biography of this major American artist."
This new biography of one of America's greatest filmmakers places great emphasis on the nasty side of his personality. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 15, 1993

"A cake you eat for its raisins. (Twenty b&w photographs)"
A history of the Hollywood factory system that leaps, handy- dandy, between the intimate and the commonplace, drawing from hundreds of interviews with Tinseltown folk conducted by the Southern Methodist University Oral History Program, which Davis (Hollywood Beauty, 1991) founded. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1991

"Well done, quite believable, in some ways a model celebrity bio in its method, although the writing is not distinguished and any study of Darnell's acting talentslimited though they wereis scanted."
Warm, richly researched life of dark-haired, limpid-eyed Linda Darnell, who made her first picture at 15 playing an adult and seemingly kept her face-in-the-twilight flawlessness fresh forever. Read full book review >