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Reel to Real: 25 Years of Celebrity Interviews from Vaudeville to Movies to TV Paperback – October 15, 2009
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"A sweet yet semi-tart toss back to when stars were (almost) believably sincere." -- Ted Casablanca of E! Network<br /><br />"David and Tom have done a prolific job of interviewing the great, the near great and the journeymen (like me)." -- Ed Asner, actor and television star<br /><br />"They've produced an incisive, entertaining view of Hollywood icons from the Golden Age." --Bob Thomas, Associated Press
About the Author
Chason Duvall, a modern American mystic, grew up in the deserts of Arizona. He began having visions and spiritual experiences around the age of six and they have continued for over fifty years. He discovered meditation at an early age and went through the various teachings of all religions discovering his own philosophy and teachings along the way. He now writes and teaches in-depth meditation in Southern California to serious students and small groups seeking enlightenment.
Top customer reviews
It contains tons of information that I have never heard about before. For instance, I never knew Frank Capra gave Irving Berlin the idea for the musical "Holiday Inn" staring Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby. I always thought that Berlin came up with the idea himself. The Lucille Ball interview was also very cool as were many others.
The pictures really rock. I especially loved the Milton Berle gag photo where he poses with a cigar sticking out like a bucktooth beaver......and what's with songwriter Sammy Cahn posing sans shirt? Bizarre!
The interviews are often very funny and sometimes border on the irreverent, so this isn't some kitchy Hollywood cream-puff book. Yet, though it all, you can tell that Fantle and Johnson have deep admiration and respect for the clasic stars they interview.
When "That's Entertainment" opened, their interest in the movies and the stars that were in them was piqued. Not only did they become film buffs, but in 1978, just liberated from high school, they made their first trip to Los Angeles to interview Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and George Burns. The celebrity floodgates opened.
The pair began publishing their interviews in the Minnesota Daily, the University of Minnesota newspaper and have interviewed more than 200 celebrities the past 25 years for publications throughout the world.
Reel to Real: 25 years of celebrity profiles from vaudeville to movies to TV represents the authors 60 "best" interviews with such legendary names as Astaire, Kelly, Burns, James Cagney, Lucille Ball, Gregory Peck, Bob Hope, Charlton Heston and Frank Capra.
The book also features forewords by Cyd Charisse and Shirley Jones and 24-pages of rare and candid celebrity shots, most taken by the authors.
I have a touch of envy too. I would have loved to have done what David & Tom did - travelling to Hollywood in the summer to interview stars of the Hollywood golden age. I have a keen interest of what went on behind the scenes & afterwards, almost as much as the finished products themselves.