myrnaloyisdope wrote:Mark A. Vieira's Sin in Soft Focus is a wonderful recap of pre-code Hollywood, with a ton of great photos, and a quite thorough history of that era.
Other than that I recommend William J. Mann's Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn, which might be the best biography I've ever read.
I also recommend anything by Jonathan Rosenbaum. He's fantastic.
Besides the great information contained in Sin in Soft Focus
, are Alison states, the pictures as truly awesome. Some of the best ever featured in one single book.
Myrnaloyisdope, I wanted to purchase the Mann biography on Hepburn -I did enjoy the William Haines biography he wrote and I noticed I did not include it in my list- but I already have three biographies on Hepburn and have not read any of them: Me
by herself, Kate Remembere
d by A. Scott Berg and Katharine the Great
by Darwin Porter. The two latter books were birthday presents and I do not expect much accuracy from the Porter book, having read his book on Bogart
I'd also recommend Return Engagement
, a wonderful book with some beautiful photos and William M. Drew's Speaking of Silents
Another book I enjoyed was Charles Higham's Merchant of Dreams
, about Louis B. Mayer. I'll have to compare it with Scott Eyman's Lion of Hollywood
which I purchased last year and of which I have high expectations
George Cukor's biography A Double Life
by Patrick McGilligan was also an interesting read, although quite downbeat.
Kay Francis, A Passionate Life and Career
by Lynn Kear and John Rossman is a good book, with its sources very well identified, but I felt it focused more on Kay's personal life rather than her career. Is her other biography I Can't Wait to Be Forgotten
more focused on her career?
Life is Beautiful.