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Ruby Keeler: A Photographic Biography. Paperback – December 7, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0786425549 ISBN-10: 0786425547

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers (December 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786425547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786425549
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,118,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Fans will...love this book" -- Classic Images

"Genuine warmth emanates from every page, and Keeler’s fans will no doubt be pleased to have the rare stills" -- Film Review

"Wonderfully told" -- Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Stage, screen and television actress Nancy Marlow-Trump of Toluca Lake, California, was a close friend of Ruby Keeler until Keeler’s death in 1993.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roy T. Thorsen on May 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Nancy Marlow-Trump, a film starlet, is now a literary star. This photo biography of Ruby Keeler is objectively but lovingly told and transports the reader into an era when both stage and films were less complicated and more entertaining than they are today. Thoroughly researched and documented, it's a pity that Ruby Keeler didn't have the opportunity to read it herself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
Hooray! I was looking for a biography on Ruby Keeler for AGES! So when I saw this I bought it as fast as i could! When I got it, I practically devoured it! it's full of wonderful photos and interesting details about Ruby's life! Ruby is one of my favorite tap dancers of all time and i'm glad she is finally getting the recognition that she deserves! Long live the Busby Bekeley musicals!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Glasser VINE VOICE on June 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Ruby Keeler is an interesting case in movie history. She was a success as a showgirl in speakeasies and on Broadway before she was strangely matched to showman Al Jolson. Then, she transitioned with big success to films, making musicals with Busby Berkeley and Dick Powell. After her few years in the spotlight, she retired and devoted herself to being a wife and mother. She revived her career briefly with No, No, Nanette but chose to remain at home enjoying her family and her talents with a golf club.

This book provides a glimpse into Keeler's life mainly through photographs rather than words. The author, Nancy Marlow-Trump, was a friend of Keelers. However, there aren't many personal stories shared nor are the words glowing with sincere admiration or emotion. The information written is pretty straight-forward and factual, but it ignores delving deeply into Keeler's relationships with others.

As a biography, this book lacks, but as a photo album, it is pretty good. The bright spot of this book is the photographs, many collected from old magazines, posters, or press books. There are also many photos of Keeler's family including her many siblings.
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