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Margaret Sullavan : the life and career of a reluctant star

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"In 1933, Margaret Sullavan made her film debut and was an overnight sensation. For the next three decades, she enchanted audiences and critics in any medium she chose-film, theater, television-and was regarded as one of the foremost dramatic actresses. Off screen, she epitomized the Southern Belle-beauty, hospitality and a flirtatious but chaste demeanor. Deep down, she suffered from crippling insecurity, especially as a mother-a feeling exacerbated by progressive hearing loss. By age 50, she could no longer cope and took an overdose of sleeping pills. This biography covers her film career with insightful criticism from the period and details her personal life, including her marriage to Henry Fonda, her special friendship with James Stewart and her bitter rivalry with Katharine Hepburn"--

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  • ISBN: 9781476675237
  • Physical Description: viii, 252 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 26 cm
  • Publisher: Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., publishers, [2019]

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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Introduction. Clarity of vision -- Untamed spirit -- Frolicking with the players -- Local girl makes good -- The Volstead Ingénue steps out -- The winter of their discontent -- In search of a good play -- "Discovered" by Stahl -- Creating a movie star -- A reluctant star takes flight -- Encountering Hollywood's great romanticist -- Round two with Henry Fonda -- Wyler's pet peeve -- Shades of scarlett -- The "showmanship" of Margaret Sullavan -- Final round with Henry Fonda -- The best of both worlds -- Time out for a feud -- Broken promises -- Triumphant return to the screen -- Jimmy and hot apple pie -- Balancing motherhood and career -- At the peak of her artistry -- The approaching storm -- Taking a bold stand -- No small- time affair -- Farewell to universal -- Fulfilling her obligations -- The "voice" that rocked Broadway -- Period of uncertainty -- Long-awaited return to the screen -- Renewed interest -- The happiest time -- Deeper into despair -- The final bow -- Preserving the legacy.
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"In 1933, Margaret Sullavan made her film debut and was an overnight sensation. For the next three decades, she enchanted audiences and critics in any medium she chose-film, theater, television-and was regarded as one of the foremost dramatic actresses. Off screen, she epitomized the Southern Belle-beauty, hospitality and a flirtatious but chaste demeanor. Deep down, she suffered from crippling insecurity, especially as a mother-a feeling exacerbated by progressive hearing loss. By age 50, she could no longer cope and took an overdose of sleeping pills. This biography covers her film career with insightful criticism from the period and details her personal life, including her marriage to Henry Fonda, her special friendship with James Stewart and her bitter rivalry with Katharine Hepburn"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Sullavan, Margaret, 1909-1960.
Motion picture actors and actresses > United States > Biography.


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