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My Vagabond Lover: An Intimate Biography of Rudy Vallee Hardcover – July, 1996

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When Rudy and Eleanor met in 1945, the Yalie "crooner" was already past the apotheosis he had reached during the Depression Era, and the schoolgirl had to ask her mother who Vallee was. They bridged the generation chasm with a steadfast affection that comes across more genuinely than any anecdote in this pallid biography. As a chronicle of Rudy's career, Eleanor's account is perplexing?in part because the author has an aversion to dates?but as a barometer of waning stardom, it is occasionally poignant. From television offers and film scenarios that never materialized to his Broadway "comeback," Eleanor focuses on the twilight of Rudy's career and offers the lasting lesson that fame is fickle. For all the book's good intentions, the result can be cloying, presumably because the author is too close to her subject. Less a biography, more a tribute to a legend past his prime, this is recommended for only the most comprehensive collections.?Jayne Plymale-Jackson, Univ. of Georgia Libs., Athens
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For over thirty years, Eleanor Vallee was married to America's first heartthrob, Rudy Vallee. In My Vagabond Lover, she takes the reader through their glamourous life together in the Golden Age of Hollywood (with the help of more than seventy previously unpublished photographs, personal correspondence, and rare memorabilia) and reveals what it's like to have lived with one of America's most popular singers and actors in the golden age of the big band, and beyond. My Vagabond Lover will delight those who remember Vallee in his heyday, and those new generations that are rediscovering him through his films being seen once again over cable and satellite television. -- Midwest Book Review

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Pub; First Edition edition (July 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878339183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878339181
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I met Eleanor Vallee, the author of My Vagabond Lover, years ago when I was researching Mary Small and the golden age of radio for a documentary. Although they married after Rudy Vallee's initial success, this memoir, detailing her love affair and life with the crooner is an excellent historical resource for anybody interested in that era. Though not without his faults, Rudy was a unique, talented and incredibly accomplished entertainer who dominated radio in the late 1920s and early 30's. In many ways his shows laid a foundation for the earliest variety programs and American Idol style competitions we still have today. He was a meticulous collector of newspaper clippings and memorabilia which still assists researchers in piecing together the history of old time radio. - Rafael Moscatel
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