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Best Hollywood Biography Books: The Ultimate List

Here is a list of the best Hollywood Biography books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

1. Natasha: The Biography of Natalie Wood (2002)

 Best Hollywood Biography Books: The Ultimate ListWe watched her mature on the movie screen before our eyes—in Miracle on 34th Street, Rebel Without a Cause, West Side Story, Splendor in the Grass, and on and on. She has been hailed—along with Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor—as one of the top three female movie stars in the history of film, making her a legend in her own lifetime and beyond. But the story of what Natalie endured, of what her life was like when the doors of the soundstages closed, has long been obscured. Natasha is based on years of exhaustive research into Natalie’s turbulent life and mysterious drowning. Author Suzanne…
Author(s): Suzanne Finstad

2. The Name Below the Title: 65 Classic Movie Character Actors From Hollywood’s Golden Age (2018)

 Best Hollywood Biography Books: The Ultimate ListDuring the golden age of American cinema, the character actor’s contribution often goes unacknowledged or, though perhaps not forgotten, underappreciated; the unsung heroes. Hollywood studios had large stables of contract and stock players from all walks of life and in all shapes, sizes and ages. This great population of personalities formed the league of character actors. They played the sidekicks and best friends of the stars who headlined the movies in which they appeared. They also portrayed parents, grandparents, oddball relatives, wise-cracking neighbors, smart-aleck store clerks and loveable barkeeps. Lest we forget the…
Author(s): Rupert Alistair

3. Conversations with the Great Moviemakers of Hollywood’s Golden Age at the American Film Institute (2007)

 Best Hollywood Biography Books: The Ultimate ListThe first book to bring together these interviews of master moviemakers from the American Film Institute’s renowned seminars, Conversations with the Great Moviemakers offers an unmatched history of American cinema in the words of its greatest practitioners.Here are the incomparable directors Frank Capra, Elia Kazan, King Vidor, David Lean, Fritz Lang (“I learned only from bad films”), William Wyler, and George Stevens; renowned producers and cinematographers; celebrated screenwriters Ray Bradbury and Ernest Lehman; as well as the immortal…
Author(s): Stevens Jr., George

4. Starmaker: Life as a Hollywood Publicist with Farrah, the Rat Pack and 600 More Stars Who Fired Me (2011)

 Best Hollywood Biography Books: The Ultimate ListHis women were tens, his guns were .38s, and his collection of jewel-encrusted walking canes numbered in the hundreds. For nearly 50 years, Jay Bernstein was a Hollywood fixture, owning one of the most powerful PR firms in Hollywood, making stars of Farrah Fawcett and Suzanne Somers, and producing dozens of television films and series. Future Hollywood insider Jay Bernstein was born outside – way outside – Tinseltown, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on June 7, 1937. But Bernstein, helped by his pals the Rat Pack, eventually found his way from the mailrooms of Hollywood to owning a top agency that represented…
Author(s): Jay Bernstein , Larry Cortez Hamm, et al.

5. Hollywood’s 10 Greatest Actresses: Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Audrey Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland, Marlene Dietrich, and Joan Crawford (2013)

 Best Hollywood Biography Books: The Ultimate List*Includes pictures. *Includes a unique introduction of each actress. *Includes quotes by the actresses about their lives and careers. *Includes bibliographies of each actress for further reading. In 1999, the American Film Institute released its list of the 50 greatest Hollywood stars of the 20th century, and selecting the 10 best actresses out of the bunch was certainly a tall task. The competition was so stacked that women like Ginger Rogers, Grace Kelly and Rita Hayworth were not even among the Top 10. So who were the Top 10 women selected by the…
Author(s): Charles River Editors

6. Hollywood’s Hard-Luck Ladies: 23 Actresses Who Suffered Early Deaths, Accidents, Missteps, Illnesses and Tragedies (2019)

 Best Hollywood Biography Books: The Ultimate ListIn the era of Hollywood now considered its Golden Age, there was no shortage of hard-luck stories–movie stars succumbed to mental illness, addiction, accidents, suicide, early death and more. This book profiles 23 actresses who achieved a measure of success before fate dealt them losing hands–in full public view. Overviews of their lives and careers provide a wealth of previously unpublished information and set the record straight on long-standing inaccuracies. Actresses covered include Lynne Baggett, Suzan Ball, Helen Burgess, Susan Cabot, Mary Castle, Mae Clarke, Dorothy Comingore, Patricia Dane, Dorothy Dell,…
Author(s): Laura Wagner

7. Shakey: Neil Young’s Biography (2003)

 Best Hollywood Biography Books: The Ultimate ListNeil Young is one of rock and roll’s most important and enigmatic figures, a legend from the sixties who is still hugely influential today. He has never granted a writer access to his inner life – until now. Based on six years of interviews with more than three hundred of Young’s associates, and on more than fifty hours of interviews with Young himself, is a fascinating, prodigious account of the singer’s life and career. Jimmy McDonough follows Young from his childhood in Canada to his cofounding of Buffalo Springfield to the huge success of Crosby,…
Author(s): Jimmy McDonough

8. My Life and the Final Days of Hollywood (2018)

 Best Hollywood Biography Books: The Ultimate ListIn the 1940s, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was at the epicenter of the film world. Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, and Elizabeth Taylor were only a few of the many stars under contract at the studio. The author, Claude Jarman Jr., takes us from his discovery in a small school in Nashville, Tennessee, through his life among the movie elite. After receiving a special Academy Award for his performance in The Yearling in 1946, he remained at MGM until 1950 when the arrival of television savaged the studio and the star system. He appeared…
Author(s): Jarman Jr, Claude

9. Best in Hollywood: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful (2009)

 Best Hollywood Biography Books: The Ultimate ListThe sheriff of Hazzard County is finally gonna spill the beans about those darn Duke boys! Actor James Best’s autobiography. He writes, “You can share with me the Golden Age of Hollywood, when movies had unequaled World Class. Now solidly in my eighties, I’m one of the few living actors who can hope to tell of the past glory and glamour of Hollywood as the industry really was way back when. “This was the Hollywood where I lived, loved, and worked during the time when she was the ruling queen. This was the time of a wonderful movie industry, where genuine actors and actresses created truly entertaining musicals, comedies,…
Author(s): James Best, Jim Clark

10. William Powell: The Life and Legacy of One of Early Hollywood’s Most Acclaimed Actors (2019)

 Best Hollywood Biography Books: The Ultimate List*Includes pictures*Includes a bibliography for further reading”My first scene with Bill, a night shot on the back lot, happened before we’d even met. Woody was apparently too busy for introductions. My instructions were to run out of a building, through a crowd, and into a strange car. When Woody called ‘Action,’ I opened the car door, jumped in, and landed smack on William Powell’s lap. He looked up nonchalantly: ‘Miss Loy, I presume?’ I said, ‘Mr. Powell?’ And that’s how I met the man who would be my partner in fourteen films.” – Myrna LoyMovie stars are revered for their ability to captivate audiences, and Hollywood began to flourish…
Author(s): Charles River Editors

11. Joan Blondell: A Life between Takes (Hollywood Legends Series) (2014)

 Best Hollywood Biography Books: The Ultimate ListJoan Blondell: A Life between Takes is the first major biography of the effervescent, scene-stealing actress (1906-1979) who conquered motion pictures, vaudeville, Broadway, summer stock, television, and radio. Born the child of vaudevillians, she was on stage by age three. With her casual sex appeal, distinctive cello voice, megawatt smile, luminous saucer eyes, and flawless timing, she came into widespread fame in Warner Bros. musicals and comedies of the 1930s, including Blonde Crazy, Gold Diggers of 1933, and Footlight Parade. Frequent co-star to James Cagney, Clark Gable,…
Author(s): Matthew Kennedy

Best Hollywood Biography Books: The Ultimate List

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Paul Hollywood: Bread, buns & baking : the unauthorised biography of Britain’s best-loved baker

Author(s): A. S. Dagnell
ID: 2090162, Publisher: John Blake Publ, Year: 2013, Size: 3 Mb, Format: epub

The First Lady of Hollywood: A Biography of Louella Parsons

Author(s): Samantha Barbas
ID: 446556, Publisher: , Year: 2005, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

Peg Entwistle and the Hollywood Sign Suicide: a biography

Author(s): Jr. James Zeruk
ID: 2526765, Publisher: , Year: , Size: 6 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are really hot items according to The New York Times, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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