GLORIA JEAN by Scott and Jan MacGillivray

GLORIA JEAN

A Little Bit of Heaven
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The first full-length biography of a gifted film and singing star of the ‘40s and ‘50s.

Gloria Jean Schoonover, more popularly known and remembered by her professional name, Gloria Jean, had a rich life in Hollywood, relatively untouched by scandal. Discovered by Joseph Pasternak for the movie The Under-Pup in 1939, Gloria Jean not only had star-quality beauty and a dramatic flair, but also a pleasing coloratura singing voice. After her impressive debut, Gloria Jean went on to share the screen with established stars such as Bing Crosby, Groucho Marx, W.C. Fields and Donald O’Connor, among others. Due to poor management, crooked agents and shifting studio politics, she never achieved the stature of many of her peers. The authors, an experienced husband and wife film historian team, bring great sensitivity and authority to their subject, and Gloria Jean herself provides fascinating anecdotes of her career, which has, unfortunately, been largely forgotten by the general movieogoer. Nearly 50 pages of photographs–including movie stills and posters, and publicity photos–augment the text, as well as a complete list of her movies, musicals and music.

A must read for film buffs, and will hopefully stimulate further discussion of Gloria Jean’s work.

Pub Date: Oct. 11th, 2005
ISBN: 0-595-37080-2
Program: Kirkus Indie
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