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Top-flight Hollywood interview collection by the author of bios of Garbo, Dietrich, Hayworth and Monroe as well as of Hollywood: The Pioneers (with Kevin Brownlow), The Art of the Great Hollywood Portrait Photographers, etc., etc. Among the 42 interviews is one with Barbara Stanwyck, who speaks very straightforwardly indeed about her career (when Kobal remarks that she played comedy very well, she replies: ""Oh, only when they were beautifully written. I am not really a comedienne per se. I'm not very good. But when they were written as well as The Lady Eve. . .or if it is situation comedy, I'm all right. But--just for me to be funny--I'm not a funny person""). Others interviewed include Gloria Swanson, Katherine Hepburn, Joan Fontaine, Howard Hawks, Louise Brooks, Loretta Young, Joel McCrea, and Anne Sheridan.""When I listen again to my old interviews. . .voices, like bodies of water, suddenly ripple and reveal all sorts of things hidden in their depths. . . Garbo's voice, like a tugboat; Mae West's, like a vibrating bed; Davis, a hedge-clipper; Stanwyck, like the chink of a perfume bottle or the rap of a judge's gavel, or both; and Tallulah Bankhead, all voice when I met her, like a benevolent steamroller, safe and satin; Colbert had a voice like a velvet choker, as short as her neck. . . Truly, they had great voices then. . .unforgettable voices.""An absolute must for movie bugs.

Pub Date: Jan. 30th, 1985
Publisher: Knopf