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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. (February 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764337092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764337093
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,244,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"A morbidly glamorous volume." Los Angeles Magazine March 2011

Recommended read. Orange Coast Magazine, June 2011

"Fade to Black" is a strong pick for any diehard fan of classic cinema. The Midwest Book Review. July 2011

"Fade to Black" is indeed an illuminating collection of short memoirs...and captures the history of cinema. Sacramento Book Review, September 2011

"This is an enjoyable read offering more then the interesting anecdotes and history so well described by Michael Barry, but an opportunity for loyal fans to pay their respects to those they love and admire. Thank you Michael for your gift and I hope others enjoy it as much as I have." Celeste Holm, Academy Award winning actress November 16, 2010.

About the Author

Award winning author & columnist Michael Thomas Barry is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton with degrees in Criminal Justice and History. He pens the daily column "On this date in crime history" for Crime Magazine.com. His many literary awards include 2011 Readers Favorite Best Book Awards (Silver Medal) and 2012 International Book Awards (Winner). He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Authors Guild and American Society of Journalists & Authors. Michael resides in Orange, California.

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I picked this up at an LA bookstore last year and then sort of forgot about it when I got home. Rediscovered this a few days ago and totally blew a good part of my day.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It covers Academy Award winners from the period commonly referred to as the Golden Age (1927-1950). Since I am stuck in a time warp and love this period ----its movies, stars, directors--- this book was a lot of fun. The author provided a biography, photos, and good directions to the celebrities graves and did a thorough job on all counts.
Having recently read a book that attempted to do this with poor results (a good editor was sorely needed), I probably appreciated this book even more because the entire package was beautifully executed, accurate, and interesting. The publisher, which apparently specializes in a special market, does a remarkable job with their books and this one was no exception.
This is a great book for anyone infatuated with Hollywood and its golden age.
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More About the Author

Michael Thomas Barry is the critically acclaimed author of six nonfiction books that include Final Resting Places Orange County's Dead & Famous (2010); Fade to Black Graveside Memories of Hollywood Greats 1927-1950 (2011); Murder & Mayhem 52 Crimes that Shocked Early California 1849-1949 (2012); Great Britain's Royal Tombs: The Lives & Burial Places of British Monarchs (2012); Literary Legends of the British Isles: The Lives & Burial Places of 50 Great Writers (July 2013); and America's Literary Legends: The Lives & Burial Places of 50 Great Writers (January, 2015). His first original e-short story - "Once in a Blue Moon: A Short Story" was released in early November 2013. His books have been reviewed by The Orange County Register, Orange Coast Magazine, OC Metro and many others. The author has also made numerous radio and televison appearances that include Investigation Discovery Channel's "Deadly Women" series and PBS-SoCal's "Real Orange."

Michael's many literary awards include the 2010, 2011, 2012 USA Book News Best Book Awards (finalist), 2011 Reader's Favorite Book Awards (silver medal), 2012 National Indie Excellence Book Awards (finalist), 2012 & 2013 International Book Awards (winner), 2013 & 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (finalist), 2013 Beverly Hills Book Awards (winner), 2013 Readers Favorite International Book Awards (honorable mention), 2013 Halloween Book Festival (winner), 2013 Southern California Book Festival (honorable mention), 2014 Reader's Favorite Book Awards (gold medal), and 2014 London Book Festival (runner-up finalist).

He is a columnist for CrimeMagazine.com, where he pens the column "This Week in crime history." Michael is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton with degrees in both history and criminal justice. The author is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, The Authors Guild, The Crime Writers Association, and American Society of Journalists & Authors. Michael lives in Orange, California with his wife, Christyn and their two golden retrievers, Jake and Madison.