Search Results: "Donald Spoto"


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POSSESSED by Donald Spoto
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"A worthy but toothless consideration of one of Hollywood's most distinctive performers."
Hollywood biography machine Spoto (High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly, 2010, etc.) presents the life and career of screen queen Joan Crawford (1905-1977), a movie star whose iconic status owed as much to the actress's sheer willpower as to her perfect bone structure and improbably large, expressive eyes. Read full book review >

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JACQUELINE BOUVIER KENNEDY ONASSIS by Donald Spoto
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2000

"Uncritical, unoriginal, sometimes downright sappy—just like most love letters. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Celebrity biographer Spoto (Notorious: The Life of Ingrid Bergman, 1997, etc.) glides smoothly across the silken surface of the life of one of this century's most famous women. Read full book review >

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ENCHANTMENT by Donald Spoto
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2006

"For fans and movie buffs. The bouts of depression and the chain-smoking are covered, but Spoto clearly reveres Hepburn, ultimately rendering her a symbol of superhuman goodness."
Straightforward, informative biography of the silver screen's fairest lady by veteran celebrity chronicler Spoto (Marilyn Monroe, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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REBEL by Donald Spoto
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1996

"Spoto's analysis of Deanolatry in his opening and closing chapters is simultaneously on-the-money and rather cruel, as is his portrait of the troubled, talented, but callow young man on whom that worship has been posthumously lavished. ($125,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Do we really need yet another James Dean biography? Read full book review >

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THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE HOUSE OF WINDSOR by Donald Spoto
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A survey course in Windsors, with no new ground covered—and the old ground has just about had it. (b&w photos) (First serial to Cosmopolitan; Book-of-the-Month Club alternate; author tour)"
From Victoria and Albert through Chuck and Di, a panorama of British monarchy that, despite its resonant title, is just intelligently slung rehash. Read full book review >

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HIGH SOCIETY by Donald Spoto
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2009

"A solid reference and affectionate remembrance, but a rather toothless biography."
Veteran celebrity biographer Spoto (Spellbound by Beauty: Alfred Hitchcock and His Leading Ladies, 2008, etc.) capitalizes on his personal friendship with actress and honest-to-goodness princess Grace Kelly (1929-1982) to create an affectionate, informative, though somewhat bland account of the screen icon's life. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2008

"Given its origins in material no one wanted published while they were alive, it's unsurprising that this is a thoroughly nasty reunion."
Celebrity biographer Spoto settles scores, rehashes feuds and reevaluates reputations in his third addition to the Hitchcock shelf. Read full book review >

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NOTORIOUS by Donald Spoto
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 18, 1997

"Spoto's ardor for his subject, although not unwarranted, crosses the line that separates chronicling the life from prostrating oneself before the dead. (32 pages photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Prolific celebrity biographer Spoto (Rebel: The Life and Legend of James Dean, 1996, etc.) offers an uncritical portrait of the three-time Oscar winner, who epitomized both Hollywood stardom at its most luminous and, for a time, career-hobbling scandal. Read full book review >

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A GIRL'S GOT TO BREATHE by Donald Spoto
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2016

"A warm and well-researched yet ultimately inessential appreciation of one of Hollywood's largely forgotten stars."
Spoto spotlights Wright. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2007

"A short but compelling work in praise of its subject."
Veteran biographer Spoto (Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn, 2006, etc.) takes a fresh look at the much-analyzed Joan of Arc. Read full book review >

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RELUCTANT SAINT by Donald Spoto
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 2002

"Spoto insightfully demonstrates that far from taming the man, Francis's canonization made his life and example a wonderful embarrassment to the church."
In an approachable biography, Spoto (The Hidden Jesus, 1998, etc.) shows how the saint was both a product of a historical moment and transcendent of it. Read full book review >

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LENYA by Donald Spoto
Released: May 3, 1989

The first full-dress life of Lotte Lenya reveals with deep warmth a story few biographers could ruin, and Spoto does his best work since 1983's The Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock. Read full book review >