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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: BearManor Media (April 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593931468
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593931469
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,376,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Quite an impressive book -- A must read ~ Highly recommend!
J. Lovins
It's a very good read with so many beautiful pictures and I'm delighted I found it, and highly recommend this book.
Wanda L. Clark
She was highly regarded on stage and ranks as one of the premier talents of the 20th century theatre.
Jason Crawford

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Clair A. Schulz on June 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
Jim Manago's biography of Shirley Booth is well-done. He uses many quotations from people who knew her (and quotes by Shirley herself) to support his assertions. The citations from reviews showed the author did his research. There is a nice selection of photographs showing Booth at various stages of her life. By giving us a complete picture of Shirley Booth's life, Jim Manago has done a valuable service by reminding readers that Shirley was a versatile performer, notable for her work on television, the stage, motion pictures, and radio.
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BearManor Media presents "LOVE IS THE REASON FOR IT ALL:THE SHIRLEY BOOTH STORY" (Paperback) ~ by Jim Manago (Author), Ted Key (foreword)

Author Manago states, Shirley Booth once said, "I feel sorry for people that don't have the pleasure of acting because I think it's a great release. Nothing has ever come easy for me anyway. From the very beginning my parents were set against my going on the stage and what coaching I got had to be kept from their ears."

If Booth gets any mention in theater literature, it is primarily for playing the "slovenly" wife Lola in her tour de force of acting, 'COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA'. Her other great achievement playing the title character on the television show 'HAZEL', draws the rest of the attention. But the endearing Shirley Booth accomplished so much more. She appeared in over thirty Broadway shows creating distinctive and vastly different characters, toured the country performing thousands of times in over 600 stock theater productions.

At her peak, Booth earned acclaimed, winning every major acting award, including an Oscar, three Tonys, two Emmys and numerous other awards -- all of this accomplished without ever receiving any formal dramatic training or schooling.

Very reasonable and a good value for the price --- For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review.

TABLE OF CONTENTS: (Chapter, Title and Page Numbers)

Foreword by Ted Key --- 5
Introduction --- 11
Stage-Struck Kid --- 17
The 1900s - early 1920s
Broadway Thespian,, Next A Star! --- 31
The Mid-1920s - 1930s
Hello, Miss Duffy --- 53
The 1940s
Glowing With Success! --- 83
The 1950s
Everyone's Favorite Maid --- 167
The 1960s
Mrs.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen M. Fitzpatrick on June 6, 2011
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This book offers a lot of quotes from Shirley herself (apparently gleaned from newspaper and magazine articles) and from people who knew her, but it is more like an overview of her life rather than an in-depth evaluation. I would have liked more details about the productions she appeared in from people who were directly involved, but I guess after all these years, most of the people were no longer available. The book is very professionally done and covers a very long career. I would have liked to have learned more about the Hazel years, though.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jason Crawford on July 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
Written By: Tommy Garrett, Editor in Chief For Canyon Newspaper in Beverly Hills California and for San Francisco News in San Francisco.

"Love Is The Reason For It All: The Shirley Booth Story" captured my attention this week while I was spending a few hours catching up on my reading. It was written by biographer and historian Jim Manago, who had previously written the very funny story on Gale Gordon. Manago manages to tell a story in the most honest but engaging manner. He is a fan of the people he writes about, and it shows.

Published by mega publisher Bear Manor, the book is well put together and the cover design is eye catching and showcases some of the scenes and stills from the career of the great star. This book is inspiring but most of all, it is honest. It tells of Shirley's dedication and burning desire to become a star, remain a star and compete in the toughest field second only to politics. Booth may have played an airhead in some roles, but it proves she was far from one in real life.

She's best described as a character actress, equally adept at playing smart-mouthed characters such as the cashier on radio in "Duffy's Tavern" or on TV as maid Hazel, or in films like "Come Back, Little Sheba," which she made in 1952. For those that only know her through her sitcom, it might be hard to believe she was a seasoned theatrical veteran, having appeared on Broadway from 1925-1970. She was highly regarded on stage and ranks as one of the premier talents of the 20th century theatre.

The three-time Tony winner is not demeaned or ridiculed in this very authentic and respectful biography. Recently some biographers seem to show disdain for their subject instead of admiration.
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