Forever Mame: The Life of Rosalind Russell (Google eBook)

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Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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When it comes to living life to its fullest, Rosalind Russell's character Auntie Mame is still the silver screen's exemplar. And Mame, the role Russell (1907-1976) would always be remembered for, embodies the rich and rewarding life Bernard F. Dick reveals in the first biography of this Golden Age star, "Forever Mame: The Life of Rosalind Russell."

Drawing on personal interviews and information from the archives of Russell and her producer-husband Frederick Brisson, Dick begins with Russell's childhood in Waterbury, Connecticut, and chronicles her early attempts to achieve recognition after graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Frustrated by her inability to land a lead in a Broadway show, she headed for Hollywood in 1934 and two years later played her first starring role, the title character in "Craig's Wife."

Dick discusses all of her films along with her triumphal return to Broadway, first in the musical "Wonderful Town" and later in "Auntie Mame." "Forever Mame" details Russell's social circle of such stars as Loretta Young, Cary Grant, and Frank Sinatra. It traces an extraordinary career, ending with Russell's courageous battle against the two diseases that eventually caused her death: rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. Russell devoted her last years to campaigning for arthritis research. So successful was she in her efforts to alert lawmakers to this crippling disease that a leading San Francisco research center is named after her.

Bernard F. Dick is a professor of communication and English at Fairleigh Dickinson University and is the author of "Hal Wallis: Producer to the Stars," "Engulfed: The Death of Paramount Picturesand the Birth of Corporate Hollywood," and other books.

  

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This is the first biography of the great Rosalind Russell. I was very disappointed in the style of the writing and the content. I would not recomment this to any real true film buff. It does not capture Rosalind Russell's true self. ... Read full review

Forever Mame: The Life of Rosalind Russell (Hollywood Legends Series)

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Although the author has written several other biographies, this look at Rosalind Russell, the film star best known for playing Auntie Mame, offers very little revelation about her life, her times, or ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
3
Chapter 1 The Gal from Waterbury
7
Chapter 2 Riding the BroadwayHollywood Local
16
Chapter 3 The Lady and the Lion
34
Chapter 4 The Lady and the Mogul
70
Chapter 5 Losing to Loretta
101
Chapter 6 Becoming Rosalind Russell Brisson
118
Chapter 7 A Return to the Roots
150
Chapter 10 Mother Mame
213
Chapter 11 Trusting Him
231
Major Radio Appearances
262
Major Television Appearances
263
Filmography
264
Source Notes
267
Select Bibliography
275
Index
277

Chapter 8 The Last of Boss Lady
168
Chapter 9 Auntie Roz and Mama Rose
180

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About the author (2006)

Bernard F. Dick is professor emeritus of communication and English at Fairleigh Dickinson University and is the author of "Forever Mame: The Life of Rosalind Russell"; "Claudette Colbert: She Walked in Beauty"; "Hollywood Madonna: Loretta Young" (all published by University Press of Mississippi); and several other books.

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