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I Can't Wait to Be Forgotten (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 31 gen 2006

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Book by OBrien Scott

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5.0 su 5 stelle Heroic Kay 31 gennaio 2016
Di Robert Strom - Pubblicato su
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Superb! Scott O'Brien loves what he does for a living, and it shows. He is a dedicated film historian, and a gifted writer. Here, finally, is the story of one of the screen's elusive, and nearly forgotten, greats. Kay Francis lived an interesting life. Glamorous, intelligent and, above all else, true to herself. Her efforts to entertain US troops during WWII were genuinely heroic! Note: Buy the later edition (2007?) for the better typeset and photo quality.
5.0 su 5 stelle Great star, Wonderful biography! 20 agosto 2014
Di Strudel - Pubblicato su
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What a treasure was Kay Francis...and Scott O'Brien gives her the star treatment she deserved. Details on her life, loves, stage, and movies plus intimate glimpses of the inner person from the diaries Miss Francis kept. Extensively researched. Lots of b/w photos with color on the cover and back. Entertaining and fun!
2.0 su 5 stelle drawn out slog of a book. 10 luglio 2015
Di david tepper - Pubblicato su
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a real slog: recaps of all her movies (boring and too long), excerpts from her diary (ditto), testaments to how wonderful she was (ditto) etc. Just watch her films and don't buy this trashy book.
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5.0 su 5 stelle FORGOTTEN NO LONGER 26 febbraio 2010
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I read this bio shortly after it was published and absolutely loved it. Prior to the advent of Turner Classic Movies, my sources for a Kay Francis fix was then local station WGN which had access to the Warner Brothers film catalog and the late and much lamented retro film palace the Clark Theater in Chicago. The first Francis film that I saw at age 7(!) was Mary Stevens MD. This was a pre-code wonder where Kay managed to have a successful medical career,deal with romantic woes, give birth to an illegitimate child abroad, and save a child's life with her hairpin and a mirror. Wow, what a woman! After that, I came to realize that Kay's films had certain themes running through them. She was always smart, predictably fashionable, self-reliant, and usually LIBERATED in one sense or another. While she had a slight lisp going on, she could deliver her lines with machine gun accuracy or force them out between buckets of tears. That she was really beautiful in a very modern way didn't hurt. Oh, that woman was made for the stage and screen.
That said, Scott O'Brien's bio of Ms. Francis managed to flesh out the real Kay Francis who was in many ways not that far removed from many of the characters she portrayed. Precocious and bright, it seems like Kay Francis always knew where she was going. As a post WWI feminist who advocated womens rights and sexual freedom, she took a gig as a social secretary to a NYC society maven, but Francis' goal was a career on the stage. From there, she managed to acquire and lose three husbands, practice open marriage, engage in relationships with both sexes (though she appears to be predominantly heterosexual). With the advent of sound, she came out to Hollywood to work for Paramount Studios. She eventually signed a long-term contract with Warner Brothers where she pre-dated Bette Davis as the queen of the lot. Her mercurial rise to stardom lead to a slow but steady decline when she fell out of favor with studio head Jack Warner. She rode out the remainder of her Warners contract in increasingly mediocre films for the money. After the Warners period was over, she freelanced and/or signed short term contracts and appeared in some of the best noir films produced by the little studios such as Alotment Wives. It was a somewhat curious fact that she got a career facelift of sorts in minimalist films. The 1950's led to more stage work and eventual retirement and then death on her terms.
What I found refreshing about Scott O'Brien's take on Francis, was unlike an adoring fan, he managed to maintain a fair objectivity toward his subject without approaching some sort of unrealistic adoration. O'Brien took on the daunting task of researching Francis and getting under her skin. While Francis was quite accepting of the concept of being forgotten, O'Brien has guaranteed her a new fanbase.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Oh, Kay! 21 febbraio 2006
Di terroh - Pubblicato su
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Finally a biography on that great forgotten 30's star Kay Francis! Except for a chapter in George Eels book, "Ginger, Loretta and Irene Who?" which came out 30 yrs ago, nothing has been written about this fascinating, elegant lady. Now within a space of a month, there are 2 books out. About time. I have not read the other book, but I can give this book an unqualified RAVE. Kay was one of the biggest stars of the 30's, but you'd hardly know that now as she's largely forgotten, except by film buffs. She was hugely popular among women fans who flocked to her every film to see Kay suffer nobly in 30's soap operas while wearing over the top Orry-Kelly gowns. Sadly, she was sabotaged by her own studio, Warner Brothers, who, while trying to get her to break her contract, forced her to finish out her days on the lot making B movies. Kay had the last laugh, forcing them to pay her huge salarly and staying on till the end. Unfortunately, the damage had been done and her career never recovered, though she continued to make films into the mid-40's. Why exactly Warner Bros. sacrificed its biggest female star still remains a mystery, as does Kay's decision to endure the humiliation when she could have easily free lanced elsewhere. Was it all about money? Most of her Warner Bros work doesnt hold up well, but that's not Kay's fault. Time after time she was cast in formula soap operas where the plots seldom changed only the actors (and sometimes not even them!) Yet, watching them today (thanks to Turner Classic Movies which owns the Warner Bros. catalog from that time), Kay, while perhaps not making the movies believable, makes you believe SHE believes in the stories. No small feat. And the rare times she was given a first rate script, she always rose to the occasion. Check out her performances in Girls About Town, One Way Passage, Trouble In Paradise, In Name Only and you will see what I mean. She was more than a glamorous clothes horse. In hindsight, Kay would have been better off staying at Paramount (wish those Pre-Code films would show up on tv, as they sound more interesting than most of the scripts she was handed at Warner Bros.) as her personality was more simpatico with the European sensibilities and sophisticated comedies being made there. Warner Bros. was very much a man's studio and didnt know how to showcase her talent. This is a wonderfully written and researched book, long overdo about a much neglected star. A woman, who in many ways, lived a private life more interesting than any role she played. Eels' book portrayed her as a bitter, alcoholic recluse in her later years, but this seems not to be the case along with much that he wrote about her. Despite the title (a quote from Kay), I think she would be pleased that people DO remember her (though I doubt she'd be happy about the details of her hectic love life). And this book will go far in reestablishing her reputation. My only complaint is the cheap quality paper and the fact that none of the pictures (and there are many) are printed on glossy stock. I know this keeps the price down, but beautiful Kay deserved better. But if that helps the book sell better and more people read about Kay, maybe that's all for the good. Kay Francis deserves NOT to be forgotten! This is MUST reading for anyone interested in the Golden Age of Hollywood!