About glamour

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Simon & Schuster, Nov 1, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 160 pages
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In 1994, Len Prince started photographing contemporary stars of stage and screen in a style reminiscent of Hollywood golden-era movie stills of the twenties, thirties, and forties - a sensibility not seen since the legendary photographs of Jean Harlow, Joan Crawford, Gary Cooper, and Marlene Dietrich were taken by the Hollywood lensman George Hurrell. Len Prince set up his vintage Deardorff 8" x 10" camera in the legendary Chateau Marmont hotel in Hollywood and photographed contemporary stars such as Drew Barrymore, Sarah Jessica Parker, Joan Chen, Joe Mantegna, Illeana Douglas, Jack Lemmon, and Martin Sheen in poses, costumes, and settings as far removed from their current-day personae as to render them almost mysteriously unknowable. In these smoldering black-and-white virtuoso portraits, Len Prince has created a modern-day golden era and a startling photographic tour de force. Introducing readers to Len Prince's ninety hypnotic, quadratone photographs is writer Dominick Dunne. Evoking the allure of this retro glamour era of Prince's photographs, Dunne recounts his early fascination with movie stars like Paulette Goddard and Jean Harlow; his firsthand account of Hollywood parties with Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, and Spencer Tracy; the end of the studio system and the decline of Hollywood royalty; and his 1996 photo shoot for Vanity Fair in Len Prince's studio.

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About the author (1997)

Writer and Hollywood movie producer Dominick Dunne was born in Hartford, Connecticut on October 29, 1925. He served in World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star after attending Williams College. Dunne worked as a stage manager for several years, directed Playhouse 90, and became vice president of Four Star Television. He left the film industry and wrote several memoirs and bestselling novels, including People Like Us, An Inconvenient Woman, which was adapted as a TV movie, and A Season in Purgatory, which was also adapted as a TV movie. Dunne wrote regularly for Vanity Fair and covered famous trials such as those of O.J. Simpson and the Menendez brothers. He also hosted the television series Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege, and Justice on CourtTV.

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