Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Starting with their award winning profiles of Fred Astaire in 1980, Joan Kramer and David Heeley documented the lives and careers of many Hollywood legends, establishing a reputation for finding the un-findable, persuading the reluctant, and maintaining unique relationships long after the end credits rolled. These were recognized as high-quality,
definitive film portraits, which revitalized the genre and made it a mainstay of television programming.
This is their insiders view of the famous and the powerful: Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, Johnny Carson, Frank Sinatra, Lew Wasserman, Ronald Reagan, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Jane Fonda, Richard Dreyfuss, Audrey Hepburn, and Bette Davis, among others. Kramer and Heeley s behind the scenes stories of the productions and the personalities involved are amusing, sometimes moving, often revealing, and have never been told before."
I think I found this book on BookBud one day last week. It sounded interesting to me, so downloaded it, read it this week, and I really enjoyed it.
The book was a fun, informative behind-the-scenes look at famous celebrities for documentaries, most of them were for the PBS documentary shows. I would love to see them now, because I missed them the first time around.
It was quite interesting to see how these shows developed and all the work that went on behind the scenes to make the shows happen before they hit the airwaves.
It is a very positive view of the celebrities. No real dirt is dug up here, this book has no interest in such reporting. I found the book very refreshing. I especially enjoyed the stories about Katharine Hepburn, and Fred Astaire, since I have always admired their work.
If you enjoy stories about old Hollywood, as I do, I'm sure you would enjoy this one. I feel like I found a "gold mine" among a lot of fool's gold.
This book is a part of my Kindle library, and I enjoyed it enough to award it 5 "Golden" stars.