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She Always Knew How: Mae West: A Personal Biography Paperback – March 15, 2010
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Charlotte Chandler is the author of several biographies of actors and directors, including Groucho Marx, Federico Fellini, Billy Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock, Bette Davis, Ingrid Bergman, and Joan Crawford, all of whom she interviewed extensively. She is a member of the board of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and lives in New York City.
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Victor L Mote aka v traven
Professor emeritus of geography, Russian studies, and political science at The University of Houston Central Campus
Author of MEMOIRS OF A DROMOMANIAC (Bloomington, IN: xlibris Corp., 2011); SIBERIA WORLDS APART (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1998); and GATEWAY TO SIBERIAN RESOURCES(New York: Wiley, 1975}
Charlotte Chandler’s access to Mae West in her later years is impressive and her accounting of their conversations is truly amazing. At first I liked the first hand quoting in Ms. West’s own words but toward the end of the book, I was getting tired of the first hand monolog. This seems to be a specific writing style of Ms. Chandler since she uses exact quotes from other people who knew Ms. West who she also interviews for the book. I wish there was more insight into the real Mae West unless, of course, if Ms. West was really like her public persona then I applaud Ms. Chandler for writing a wonderful book. In either event, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about a very misunderstood, very complex and completely American character. Many of our present Hollywood actors and actresses should take a lesson from Ms. West on how a real professional should live.
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