Archive for May 7th, 2013

New Book: Mae Murray: The Girl with the Bee-Stung Lips by Michael G. Ankerich

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

BOOKS — NEW

Mae Murray: The Girl with the Bee-Stung Lips by Michael G. Ankerich

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Mae Murray (1885–1965), popularly known as “the girl with the bee-stung lips,” was a fiery presence in silent-era Hollywood. Renowned for her classic beauty and charismatic presence, she rocketed to stardom as a dancer in the Ziegfeld Follies, moving across the country to star in her first film, To Have and to Hold, in 1916. An instant hit with audiences, Murray soon became one of the most famous names in Tinseltown.

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However, Murray’s moment in the spotlight was fleeting. The introduction of talkies, a string of failed marriages, a serious career blunder, and a number of bitter legal battles left the former star in a state of poverty and mental instability that she would never overcome.

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In this intriguing biography, Michael G. Ankerich traces Murray’s career from the footlights of Broadway to the klieg lights of Hollywood, recounting her impressive body of work on the stage and screen and charting her rapid ascent to fame and decline into obscurity. Featuring exclusive interviews with Murray’s only son, Daniel, and with actor George Hamilton, whom the actress closely befriended at the end of her life, Ankerich restores this important figure in early film to the limelight.

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Reviews

“A most compelling, detailed chronicle of the meteoric rise and fall of stage/silent movie star Mae Murray, as to both her roller-coaster professional career and chaotic personal life. This book will certainly be the definitive biography of the legendary Mae Murray.” — James Robert Parish, author of Fiasco: A History of Hollywood’s Iconic Flops

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“Astounding. Mae Murray works on many levels. For those who know of her, it’s a revelation. At last, a reliable narrative of her life.” — Mel Neuhaus, film writer for Examiner.com

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“Her long life is a lesson about those heady days of early Hollywood and the transience of fame.”–Library Journal

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Click here to purchase at Amazon

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About the Author

Former news reporter Michael G. Ankerich is author of The Sound of Silence: Conversations with 16 Film and Stage Personalities Who Bridged the Gap between Silents and Talkies and coauthor of The Real Joyce Compton: Behind the Dumb Blonde Movie Image.

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Ray Harryhausen Obituary

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

OBITUARY

Ray Harryhausen dies at 92; special-effects legend

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Ray Harryhausen pioneered stop-motion animation, creating classics such as ‘The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms,’ and ‘The 7th Voyage of Sinbad.’ Without his work, ‘there never would have been a “Star Wars” or a “Jurassic Park,”’ Steven Spielberg said.

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By Dennis McLellan
Special to the Los Angeles Times
May 7, 2013
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Ray Harryhausen, the stop-motion animation legend whose work on “The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms,” “Jason and the Argonauts” and other science fiction and fantasy film classics made him a cult figure who inspired later generations of filmmakers and special-effects artists, has died. He was 92.

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Click here to continue reading the Los Angeles Times obituary for Ray Harryhausen

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