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  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: BearManor Media (May 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593935234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593935238
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There are also lots of photos all reproduced excellently.
Douglas M
Anyone interested in the inside world of the great old movies would enjoy this book.
W. Quiqley
This is an excellent biography - very well written and well researched.
Eve O'Brien

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lon Davis on July 21, 2010
Show business biographies can be terribly superficial since actors and actresses are conditioned to keep up their public images long after their careers have faded. Jeff Gordon conducted innumerable phone interviews with retired actress Lynn Bari and found a subject who was anything but protective of her formerly glamourous image as a movie queen. Ms. Bari was, in fact, brutally honest about her alcoholic mother, her exploitative husbands, her directors, and her co-stars. She was also incredibly honest about herself. These revelations--artfully inserted into Mr. Gordon's well-written narrative--provide the foundation for one of the most seering biographies I have ever read. And, believe me, I've read hundreds of them.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By W. Quiqley on April 17, 2010
Finally, a truly comprehensive biography of the true queen of the B movies, Lynn Bari. The author's encyclopedic knowledge of Hollywood's heyday adds to the truly sympathetic view of this human and appealing star. Anyone interested in the inside world of the great old movies would enjoy this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Douglas M VINE VOICE on July 26, 2010
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Jeff Gordon has produced the perfect biography of a star. Lynn Bari died 20 years ago but the author established a friendship and recorded many conversations with her towards the end of her life. Bari had a sharp mind with excellent recall, in spite of being a reformed alcoholic and suffering heart attacks and other illnesses in her last decade. Gordon has told her story, interpolating quotes from the star herself, typed in bold so they are easy to find and read. At the same time, he has many quotes from her beloved sister-in-law and son which provide authenticity to the text. Many of her contemporaries such as Claire Trevor, Anthony Quinn and Cesar Romero, all of whom have passed away now, are quoted.

Bari worked her way up from extra work into supporting and eventually starring roles. Much to her displeasure, she was one of a few actresses named "Queen of the Bs" but her career encompassed some famous A films, lots of TV and some very successful stage appearances long after her film career had faded. Along the way, there were 3 traumatic marriages and there is plenty of detail about the evolution of 20th Century Fox to which Bari was contracted for 14 years. Also, Gordon has avoided endless detail of the synopses of her films and this is a great relief.

This is a brilliant biography, cleverly balancing Bari's personal life with her performing life and bringing her personality to life with lots of first hand detail. The text is literate and easy to read. There are also lots of photos all reproduced excellently. The only question is why has it taken so long to appear after the star's demise.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. S. Wymore on January 28, 2011
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I truly love the films that came out of the Fox Studios in the 1930s and 1940s. In starring roles, in minor roles, in walk on bits - Lynn Bari always seems to appear in all of my favorites. I love trying to spot her as the clerk in a hotel, in the chorus, as the telephone operator. I also love her "other woman" roles in Sun Valley Serenade and Hello Frisco Hello. Now, finally, there is a biography that traces her humble beginnings at the Fox Western Avenue "B" lot to the big time Technicolor musicals at the Pico Blvd. lot. The author tells the story from the point of view from the lady herself - no hearsay, no kiss and tell, just wonderful stories of Hollywood's golden age from someone who lived it. Lots and lots of photos. Highly recommended! Now, if only Fox would release Sun Valley Serenade on DVD ..........
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eve O'Brien on May 13, 2010
I'm glad someone finally wrote a biography of the lovely Lynn Bari. I must admit that I have not seen many of her films but I love learning about classic actresses. This is an excellent biography - very well written and well researched. The author does a great job of telling Lynn's story honestly although it is obviously from a fan's point of view. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about Lynn.
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