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Laurette Taylor, American Stage Legend

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ISBN-10: 0786459220
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Lynn Kear is an award-winning biographer, playwright, and novelist. She lives in Stone Mountain, Georgia.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (October 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786459220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786459223
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,070,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By david30084 VINE VOICE on December 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
There is a special poignancy in reading about an actor whose work we can no longer see. While she made a few appearances in silent films, Laurette Taylor's best and most famous performances exist today only in the memories of those who saw her onstage. Now Lynn Kear takes on the challenge of showing us, via the printed page, why Taylor's history-making Broadway performance in "The Glass Menagerie" won her the admiration of critics, audiences, and peers. This is not a biography, per se, though we learn much about Taylor's private life, her struggles with alcohol, and her relationship with her playwright husband. Instead, this is a well-researched, highly readable, and knowledgeable study of one of the leading stage actresses of her day. It's well worth a read for anyone interested in acting, women's studies, or the history of 20th century theater.
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Lynn Kear's biography is a wonderful companion piece to Marguerite

Courtney's 1955 biography of her mother, 'Laurette.'

Ms Kear fills in many blanks; also, there are some very interesting

photos, quotes & reviews.

I am amazed no one has written a review for Amazon, one month

after publication. I shouldn't be surprised, as I purchased the

Kear book from Amazon--was never solicited for my opinion!

McFarland--I realize is a rather modest publisher--but may reap

financial gains by publicizing 'Laurette' here in NYC. I haven't

seen or read anything.

Amazon should try to find long out-of-print audio recordings

by Laurette Taylor and make available to theatre/history enthus-

iasts!
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One of the theater greats of the early decades of the 20th century, Laurette Taylor only made a few feature films (all silents) during her lengthy acting career. This in-depth chronicle of Taylor brings the subject vividly to life, especially in detailing Laurette's prolific stage appearances and capturing her hectic, self-destructive personal life.

A real treat are the many photographs of the star (at all stages of her life) and the voluminous, informative chapter footnotes.

This tome gives the reader a real sense of the celebrated actress who made theater history with such starring vehicles as "Peg o'My Heart" (which she recreated in a 1922 film adaptation) and "The Glass Menagerie."

This illuminating biography is well worth reading.
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