Search Results: "Donald Spoto"


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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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THE HIDDEN JESUS by Donald Spoto
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 30, 1998

"This book would have more honest appeal repackaged as an earnest meditation on the Gospels by an unorthodox Catholic."
In the context of his career writing biographies of media celebrities (Laurence Olivier, Elizabeth Taylor, Alfred Hitchcock, among many others) Spoto's claim about God in this devotional life of Jesus—that he "identifies not with the great or famous or beautiful," but with the simple and selfless—carries the persuasive backing of one who should know. Read full book review >

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BLUE ANGEL by Donald Spoto
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Spoto's best biography—warm, well balanced, restrained. (B&w photos—75—not seen.)"
Spoto's second book on Dietrich (Falling in Love Again, 1985- -not reviewed), minus the sexual fantasy and foot-slogging style that marred his recent Laurence Olivier (p. 42). Read full book review >

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LAURENCE OLIVIER by Donald Spoto
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 1992

"Sure to be read for the gossip, and worth skimming for curious bits of interview material, but—with its flat delivery and spotty documentation—an only so-so addition to the crowded Olivier reference room. (More than 75 halftones—not seen.)"
Despite having conducted dozens of interviews with those who knew Olivier, Spoto (author of biographies of Hitchcock, Tennessee Williams, and others) offers little important new material—and few fresh insights—in this long, uninspired biography. Read full book review >

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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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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 >