Tuesday, June 30, 2009
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Thursday, June 25, 2009
The Real Joyce Compton:
Behind the Dumb Blonde Movie Image
By Joyce Compton and Michael G. Ankerich
“People who like films and stars of that era, from the 1920s on through the 1950s, I think, would like to have such a personally-written account of some of the highlights of an actress’s life. Most picture us all as rich and famous and never hear of another side. I’ve even thought of the title: The Real Joyce Compton: Behind the Dumb Blonde Movie Image. Sound good? It’s a thought.”
--Excerpt of a letter from Joyce Compton to Michael G. Ankerich, 27 January 1988
The Real Joyce Compton: Behind the Dumb Blonde Movie Image is the story that Joyce Compton, one of the screen’s finest comediennes and most versatile actresses, wanted told.
Her career, which consisted of an estimated 200 films, stretched from 1925 to 1957. Breaking into films during the silent era, she appeared in a string of ingénue roles, imagining herself as a new Mae Murray, but it was after the beginning of sound that Compton found her niche in comedy.
In her own words, she recounts her frustrations over studio politics and shares her experiences of working and socializing with such screen favorites as Clara Bow, Cary Grant, Marlene Dietrich, Joel McCrea, George O’Brien, John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart, Johnny Mack Brown, Janet Gaynor, and George Raft.
Compton opens up about her often overly protective parents, her off-screen romances, her one heartbreaking attempt at marriage, her deep religious faith, and her struggle to support her family after her film career ended.
With candor and insight that only someone who was there can share, Compton discusses the transition from silents to talkies; working with incompetent directors in those early sound movies; living on locations; the competition she experienced with the “star” actresses of the studio; freelancing versus working under a studio contact; and the day-to-day life of an actress working in early Hollywood.
The Real Joyce Compton begins with a biography of the actress, written by co-author Michael G. Ankerich, based on formal interviews, conversations, and correspondence over their 10-year friendship. The book also contains a detailed filmography of Compton’s film appearances and is lavishly illustrated with over 80 photographs, many of which are from Compton’s own personal collection.
Ankerich is the author of Broken Silence: Conversations With 23 Silent Film Stars and The Sound of Silence: Conversations with 23 Stage and Screen Personalities Who Made the Transition from Silents to Talkies. He is currently working on Dangerous Curves atop Hollywood Heels: The Lives, Careers, and Misfortunes of 22 Hard Luck Girls of the Silent Screen.
The Real Joyce Compton: Behind the Dumb Blonde Movie Image will be available soon from BearManor Media (www.bearmanormedia.com).
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Were you ever curious about what made your favorite Scream Queens tick?Look no further, because NVF Magazine founder David Byron has compiled an impressive list of interviews with some of the hottest ladies in horror.
Among the highly honored special guests are:
Brenna Lee Roth – star of Killer Biker Chicks and DOG and producer of Grind House Glory
Scarlet Salem – star of Killer Biker Chicks
Bianca Barnett – star of Albino Farm
Nicole Kruex – aka-Nikki Homicide K – star of Zen: Hunter
Rachel Grubb – star of 13 Hours in a Warehouse
Seregon O’Dassey – star of Ghost Watcher 2 & False Face and Playboy model
Evie Effects – FX artist, model, actress
Heidi Martinuzzi – actress, writer, staff of Pretty Scary.net
April Monique Burril – star of Chainsaw Sally (featuring Jimmy ‘O)
Monique Dupree – star of Bachelor Party in the Bungalow of the Damned
And a special guest appearance by former Hammer Films scream starlet Ingrid Pitt, whose portrayal of Countess Dracula gave a new meaning to the term Scream Queen long before it became popular for future generations of horror film fans.
And much, much more...
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Here's what they say on their website:
Can you hear that ominous music as you enjoy the ocean? It seems to always accompany the approach of a—oops! CHOMP!—Great White Shark, just out cruisin’ for a bite. And who’s that out there chummin’ the waters but our longtime correspondent Pat Jankiewicz? He has spent YEARS working on the definitive examination of Steven Spielberg’s JAWS and its sequels and the result is JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE: A JAWS COMPANION (BearManor Media, tpb, $19.95). It offers all you might ever want to know about those shark thrillers (including the unmade sequel spoof NATIONAL LAMPOON’S JAWS 3, PEOPLE 0). JAWS screenwriter Carl Gottlieb (himself the author of the behind-the-scenes memoir THE JAWS LOG) says, “Pat got it EXACTLY right!” You can’t get a better recommendation than that! We’re proud to see that Jankiewicz has finished his dream project. And in case you haven’t noticed, there has been a link offering JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE for sale via our website front page. Or you can check out the publisher’s website:
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Sondra Lee - an actress, dancer, director, teacher . . . and the original Tiger Lily to millions - takes us through nearly 50 years of a glorious career on stage (High Button Shoes, Peter Pan, Hello, Dolly!, among others) and films (Fellini's La Dolce Vita) -- in front and behind the camera. Describing her extraordinary adventures, always with a touch of humor and loving memories, recollections of trials and tribulations, countless series of short-lived and lifelong friendships and romantic flings with the famous and not-so famous - Sondra reveals all!.
Wicked, woeful . . . the laughter, the tears . . . like it was . . . like it is! Sondra Lee has an amazingly full life to share.